BJP leader H Raja has revealed a bitter truth on Twitter that has left Tamil Nadu in a mersal or zapped condition! The politician uploaded scanned copies of actor Vijay's voter ID along with Vijay’s letter head. Both the documents have his full name - C Joseph Vijay. This, according to H Raja’s knowledge explains why Vijay's Diwali release Mersal features dialogues critiquing BJP's flagship projects like GST and Digital India.
Just because Vijay is a Christian, Raja’s tweet implies, that he is anti-BJP (read anti-Hindutva). He also seems to be under the illusion that Vijay kept his identity a secret. Actors belonging to minority religions in Kollywood, tend to adopt an on-screen Hindu name. For instance, actor Vikram's real name is Kennedy John Victor. And Vijay hasn't really changed his name. His full name is Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar and he has gone with his middle name 'Vijay'.
Their religious identity is far from being a secret and all this information is available in the public domain. His investigative skills seem extremely questionable, as he is also unaware about the fact that the ‘Christian’ villain’s role in the film has been played by S Justin Selvaraj.
As per BJP, Mersal is definitely anti-Hindu because one of the scenes showcase Vijay's character Vetrimaran asking to build a hospital in place of a temple.
The Tamil Nadu BJP seems to be running out of excuses. Vijay was an absolutely wrong target to go after. Much like Rajinikanth, Vijay is considered the mass hero with a limited acting repertoire. Vijay has always been a quiet, almost reticent personality in his public appearances, very much like Rajinikanth.
The tactics has only made the BJP look ridiculous in the current context in Tamil Nadu. The ‘bitter truth’ is that religion never worked as a political card in Tamil Nadu. Even after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992, Tamil Nadu was one of the few states that was largely unaffected by the riots in its aftermath.
It never really mattered, to any fans whether Vijay is Joseph or Javed. For them, he's simply the Ilayathalapathy (Leader of the youth). Hashtags like #ILoveJosephVijay are already trending and memes ridiculing H Raja's mega exposé proves only one thing - Tamil Nadu takes its cinema very seriously! While one may then ask why artists from minority religions feel compelled to adopt on-screen Hindu names?
The word Mersal (pronounced Mera-sull) is one of the commonly used Madras Thamizh lingo that’s usually spoken nowhere else. The phrase was initially used to describe the ‘feeling of excitement’ whenever a man’s love interest reciprocated the feeling. The word was first used in popular culture in the film ‘I’ where actor Vikram sings the song Merasalayitten after his love interest says yes.