Film industry backs Vijay's 'Mersal' over GST row

Posted October 24, 2017

The film has broken Rajinkanth starrer "Kabali" s record in receiving the highest opening day collections in Tamil Nadu. It is expected to hit the screens in both Telugu speaking states soon, as per latest updates.

Saturday's statement comes days after BJP's state President Tamilisai Soundrajan and other senior leaders demanded the removal of scenes that had taken a dig at the Centre's initiatives including Digital India and GST.

The row over BJP's objection to some scenes in Tamil movie Mersal portraying the GST in poor light is just refusing to die. Mersal which means "stunning", initiated a political controversy after the BJP demanded the deletion of a scene which denounces the new national sales tax or GST. The film was released on October 18, Wednesday opposite Tamil crime thriller film "Chennaiyil Oru Naal 2".

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He also asks there was no GST on alcohol but people have to pay 12% GST for medicines.

Veteran Actor Kamal Hassan responded over this issue and said. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks".

Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it. When these scenes are played in the theatre, there is a lot of claps as people appreciated and supported them.

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The BJP is not the only one complaining about Mersal.

Mr. Riyas said that party leaders threatening the film's producer and demanding that it be re-censored pose a challenge to freedom of expression.

For instance, a character is seen delivering a monologue in which he attacks the government's failure to provide free public welfare, despite the introduction of GST. "The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film", Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan told on Friday. 0% GST for liquor that destroys every family and 12% GST for medicines.

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