Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

What do filmmakers know about economics BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay's Mersal

What do filmmakers know about economics BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay's 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. In recent times, no film in India has been cleared a day before its theatrical release! The Hindu quotes Tiruppur Subramaniam, a leading distributor and exhibitor in Tamil Nadu as saying, "Yes, the first day collection of Mersal is somewhere between Rs 22 -24 Crore in Tamil Nadu alone".

The film, staring Vijay, is running to packed houses in the state. The movie features Samantha, Nithya Menen, Sathyaraj, Vadivelu, Sathyan, SJ Suryah and Yogi Babu too. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks", Haasan said in a tweet. However Atlee's packaging and Vijay's triple role as father and sons, as well as his charisma have helped it to do extraordinary business, especially in Tier 2 towns and rural areas.

Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council president and actor Vishal has vehemently criticised the BJP leader H Raja for "shamelessly" watching the pirated version of Mersal. In the speech, which can be seen below, Vijay's character points out how Singapore has a GST rate of 7% and the country manages to provide free medical services to its citizens, while Indians don't get that despite paying up to 28% GST and medicines are taxed 12%.

Murali said, "We conveyed the intent of the film to BJP leaders". Films had criticised the policies of the Central and state governments in the past also. In fact, the controversial GST scene had gone viral on the internet. While this movie is in news for its GST related dialogues. In another scene in the film, he is equated with none other than the legendary actor and politician MGR. They have certified the movie and BJP is making unnecessary controversies.

Some support GST, some don't.Some support Demonetization some don't. "That will lead to people misinterpreting the whole exercise (sic)". "Counter criticism with logical response", Kamal Haasan tweeted, wading into the controversy that erupted after the movie. It all started when the Tamil Nadu BJP's president Tamilisai Soundrajan objected to some "factually incorrect" dialogues that criticised the Centre's GST (Goods and Services Tax) and Digital India schemes. So, what does Vijay want to stop for the building of hospitals?

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