Ilayathalapathy Vijay starrer ‘Mersal’, with a stellar opening worldwide, has ruffled many feathers in the political arena. While the Tamil Nadu BJP state president demanded scene removal from the movie for misleading the demonetization and GST facts, Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi has extended his support to the movie. However, the producer of the film Murali Ramaswamy cleared all the air with a statement saying, “If there are misleading scenes in the film, we are ready to remove them."
Mersal, produced by Sri Thenandal Films a well-known film production house in Tamil Nadu, is the company's 100th production. The film is said to have received a huge investment by the producers. Ramaswamy has explained the movie's objective and their stand to the BJP leaders after a meeting. He said, 'The BJP leaders have appreciated our honest approach to meet them in person, we thank them all. We explained the movie's objective, our stand and that this movie has not been produced with an intention to hurt anyone and they have generously accepted it."
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday registered its displeasure over certain dialogues in the movie. Tamil Nadu BJP State President, Tamilisai Soundararajan demanded to remove those scenes from the movie. Speaking of the controversial scenes she said, "I object to certain scenes in Vijay's movie 'Mersal'. Certain scenes project GST and digital India in a bad light and we want these scenes removed. Vijay has political ambitions and that is the reason why these scenes are there in the movie,"Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and senior party leader P Chidambaram too joined in the debate over the said scenes and lashed out at the state BJP for demanding cuts in the film. "Mr. Modi, cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demonetize Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal," Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet which was retweeted by Chidambaram.
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
Meanwhile, in a statement, the Tamil Film Producers Council and South Indian Artistes' Association opposed cuts as the movie had already gone through the censor board. Even veteran actor Kamal Haasan took to Twitter on Friday to extend his support for Vijay.
Though the movie has received an overwhelming response at the box from all the fans and audience across the globe, political interference seems to be inevitable.
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