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Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

24 October 2017

Vijay's father SA Chandrasekhar threw his weight behind his son, saying many BJP leaders have termed GST and demonetization as failures.

Soundrajan, who has been opposing the references to the GST, in a tweet said, "MERSAL ridicules Dedicated Doctors disheartened/ambulance drivers shown corrupt/doctors should take 5rupees while the actor gets crores??" Raja wrote, "Truth is bitter".

"Commenting on movie "Mersal" is natural for the BJP because they never accept the criticism".

Many people pointed out that Raja dragging Vijay's religion into the controversy was irrelevant to the discussion.

After the release of Mersal movie, BJP leaders came over with a demand to cut GST scenes from the movie.

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"Mersal" starring Tamil superstar Vijay landed in controversy after Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan said "misconceptions" were being promoted in the film about central government schemes, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India, and demanded removal of those scenes.

The character in the movie also slammed for the poor conditions of government hospitals and the character was portrayed by actor Joseph Vijay.

There were two scenes in Mersal that the BJP objected to.

Several BJP leaders took on Vijay and his film for its scenes. In a tweet, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said, "Mr Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language".

Kamal Haasan has mounted a sharper attack on the attackers than Rajnikanth: "Mersal was certified. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks". Expectations are high on the movie as everyone are eagerly waiting to watch the combination of Vijay & Atlee. The Thalaivar appreciated the filmmakers for addressing an "important topic". "Congratulations team #Mersal", he tweeted.

Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress