Mersal Vs Modi: The Vijay starrer gets support from Kamal Haasan, Pa Ranjith and others
While the BJP is pushing the producers to chop the controversial sections in the film, Kollywood stands up for Vijay and Atlee’s Mersal.Updated: Oct 21, 2017 14:13 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
After the BJP Tamil Nadu state unit president, Tamilisai Soundarajan raised objection to GST being shown in a negative light in Vijay’s recent release Mersal, the film fraternity has come forward to support the movie. Kamal Haasan, Pa Ranjith, PC Sreeram, Sri Vidya, Sarath Kumar are just few of the celebrities who have stood up the film. Kamal Haasan tweeted, “Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it . Counter criticism with logical response. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks.”
Opposition Vice President Rahul Gandhi also showed his support for the film. The Office of Rahul Gandhi tweeted “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal.”
Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it . Counter criticism with logical response. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks.— Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan) October 20, 2017
Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) October 21, 2017
#Mersal— pcsreeram (@pcsreeram) October 20, 2017
Freedom of speech caught by the throat.
BJP demands deletion of dialogues in 'Mersal'. Imagine the consequences if 'Parasakthi' was released today.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) October 21, 2017
I hope @ThenandalFilms ll not delete any scenes regard to GST & Digital Money. Last night I witnessed ‘No Mute or Delete’ on any scenes.— J Anbazhagan (@JAnbazhagan) October 21, 2017
Director Pa Ranjith also supported the film and told the media, “I don’t think there is a need to remove portions in Mersal that addresses the GST and other issues. When these scenes are played in the theatre, there is a lot of claps as people appreciated and supported them. Politicians should take the hint and reconsider these issues.”
PC Sreeram, cinematographer tweeted, “Freedom of speech caught by the throat,” while Sarath Kumar tweeted, “A film which is CERTIFIED by censor board cannot be questioned. If questionable , why censor board at all? #Mersel”
Shanthanu Bhagyaraj, Nagma Morarji, J Anbazhagan and many from the film industry joined the chorus in supporting the film.
However, speculation is rife that the producer of the film might submit a written request to the Central Board of Film Certification to cut four scenes. However, this hasn’t happened so far. On the other hand, Mersal earned Rs 51 crore gross on opening day.
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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 14:08 IST