Watch the controversial Mersal scene in which Vijay takes on GST
The controversial GST scene in Vijay’s Mersal was leaked on Twitter after BJP members opposed it. Watch it here.Updated: Oct 22, 2017 09:17 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The controversial scene in Mersal, in which Vijay’s character Vetri is seen slamming GST has been leaked online. This is the same scene that several BJP members have taken offence to. The party’s state unit president Tamilisai had said that the scene portrayed the government’s scheme in a negative light. As the producers consider editing four scenes out, one of them leaked on Twitter and has since received about 4000 retweets from one account.
In the clip, we see Vijay’s character observe that a country such as Singapore levies only 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and can afford to provide free healthcare services. However, India is unable to provide the same while levying a 28% GST. He also asks why people have to pay 12% GST for medicines, but there is no GST levied on liquor. He also rants about government hospitals not having oxygen cylinders, because they haven’t paid the contractors money in the last two years, a comment on the recent Gorakhpur tragedy in which several children died.
Scene that North Korean President Kim Jong-Un wants to delete from the Movie "Mersal". (2017) pic.twitter.com/suBoE1s0ea— History of India (@RealHistoryPic) October 21, 2017
A monologue delivered during a press conference-like scene goes on to note how due to a power cut, four people died in a government hospital. A baby kept in an incubator had died in Vijaywada after suffering from a rat bite, and this incident was also used in the scene. In the scene, Vijay’s character cites that private hospitals thrive in India because everyone is scared of Government Hospitals.
While BJP members were rallying for this scene to be cut, it is ironic that netizens have got free access to it. Mersal released in theatres on October 18 and made Rs 51 crore on opening day. Here are some of the reactions on Twitter.
@akshaykumar please remake this movie in Hindi 🌿🚩🚩😂— Anupun Kher (@AnupunKher) October 21, 2017
So wanna watch this movie , I hope it's dubbed in English or Hindi.— Roshan Rai (@Roshan_Kr_Rai) October 21, 2017
He said Singapore gst is 7% hello wake up we have 1.3billon I repeat 1.3 billion people how do u feed them with u r dialogues or what ?— Punith Reddy (@punithreddy5496) October 21, 2017
Correct a wise man & he will appreciate you;— Encounter (@Shahcarsm) October 21, 2017
Don't correct the Govt or they will censor you.
~ Namo pic.twitter.com/MHXS8PDCj4
Delete this video bro the movie is running in theater delete this video bro— Aravind🇨🇮🇫🇷 (@aravindbob) October 21, 2017
Yeah he has a huge fan following. I was never his fan but Thanks to BJP I'm his fan now and gonna support all his movies.— маленький ангел (@fehmeenavoice) October 21, 2017
BJP should be thankful. Vijay only said that there were no oxygen cylinders in govt hospital. Never said that 60 babies died because of it— Paresh (@hi_paresh) October 21, 2017
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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 18:57 IST