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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.

regional movies Updated: Oct 22, 2017 09:17 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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The GST scene from Vijay’s Mersal was leaked on Twitter.

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.

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.

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First Published: Oct 21, 2017 18:57 IST