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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Rahul takes a jibe at Modi govt over Mersal: Don’t demon-etise Tamil pride

Senior Congress leader Chidambaram too criticised calls from BJP leaders to cut scenes in Tamil film critical of Prime Minister Modi’s GST, Digital India.

india Updated: Oct 21, 2017 17:57 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during a road show in Padara village in Vadodara.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi during a road show in Padara village in Vadodara.(PTI FILE)

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to not “demon-etise’ Tamil cinema. joining senior colleague P Chidambaram in weighing in on the controversy around Tamil film Mersal that is under fire for criticising key decisions made by the Prime Minister and his colleagues.

Earlier, Chidambaram had said: “Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government’s policies,” in a post from his Twitter handle @PChidambaram_IN.

In a subsequent post, he alluded to the movie Mersal starring popular Tamil actor Vijay.

Leaders of the BJP, particularly from the Tamil Nadu units, have said that scenes from the movie criticising the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rollout and the Digital India campaign must be removed since they are inaccurate.

Parakasthi, referred to by Chidambaram, was a famous Tamil movie released in the 1950’s that had among its themes a strong criticism of social traditions especially by upper caste Hindu Tamilians.

Chidambaram’s tweet comes a day after he attacked his party’s principal rival over the Gujarat elections for which a date is yet to be announced. He suggested the delay is meant to allow the ruling BJP government in Ahmedabad to announce sops to woo people.

First Published: Oct 21, 2017 09:50 IST