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Producers of Vijay’s Mersal met with BJP over GST controversy, and this is what they decided

Thenandal Studios released a statement about the controversy regarding a scene in Vijay’s Mersal about GST.

regional movies Updated: Oct 21, 2017 20:15 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Mersal producers have released a statement.

The Mersal vs Modi issue seems to have come to an end. The Vijay-starrer will go forth without any cuts as of now, however, producer Thenandal studios has released a statement in which they explains that they are ready to remove the controversial scenes. The statement also spoke about how the filmmakers met with senior BJP members including Tamilisai Soundarrajan. During the meeting, they explained to the politicians that their film was only about a man’s dream to provide good healthcare services to his people.

The statement read, “Thalapathy Vijay starrer Mersal, directed by Atlee is our 100th film and released on Diwali this year. The film has turned out to be successful not just in India, but worldwide as well. We thank the fans who have made this film a success. Mersal is the result of hard work put in by Vijay, director Atlee and their entire team, and we would like to thank them.(sic)”

The statement also explained how the filmmakers managed to release in a race against time. “Even before the film released, there were many controversies surrounding it. Yet, with great difficulty we managed to release the film on time. Mersal is supported by crores of rupees and a lot of hard work by the technical team. Just after days of release, the film is yet again surrounded by controversies and this has hurt us. Mersal is not against anyone. The essence of this movie is a doctor’s dream to be able to give good quality healthcare for citizens in his country. Our only aim as a production house all these years was to deliver a good entertaining film. If anyone was offended due to our film, I would accept their hurt as my own.”

The statement continued, “The members have accepted our explanation with magnanimity. BJP member Tamilisai Soundarrajan was also present during the meeting. The members appreciated our straight-forward approach to the issue at hand. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts. They were right from their point of view. We are ready to remove scenes that offend anyone.”

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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 20:15 IST