Tamil movie Mersal dialogues snowball into a major controversy

Posted October 23, 2017

While speaking to Tamil channel Puthiya Thalamurai, party spokesperson and national secretary of the Bhartiya Janata Party mentioned that he saw Vijay's "Mersal" - on the "net".

However, in a shocking move, these doctors have made a decision to share the piracy links of the film on social media pages and they are asking each and every doctor to do the same. A Tamil movie "Mersal" directed by Atlee Kumar is at the center of controversy as the lead character has criticized the government for imposing GST on medical services.

The availability of pirated CDs and DVDs of new films is also an issue.

References to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in "Mersal" have not gone down well with the BJP.

"I don't have the patience to watch a two-and-a-half hour movie".

The controversy over leading Tamil actor, Vijay's "Mersal" is still raging in Tamil Nadu. In this film, Vijay's dialogues intend that there is no free health care rather than the "GST" in India and Singapore is having the free health care than the GST.

He had denounced "Joseph Vijay's hate campaign against Modi" in a tweet.

"The film producer should remove the untruths regarding the GST from the film", Radhakrishnan had said. Earlier senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram attacked the BJP over its demand and sarcastically said that there could be laws for making documentaries which praise the government's policies.

In Puducherry, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy came to the defence of the film, saying questions have been "justifiably" raised on the GST and the Digital India initiatives in the movie and there could be no objection to expression of one's views in a democratic set up. "This trend to encroach freedom of expression is alarming, and we have never seen it before", he said. Now, movie goers have credited PM Modi and his government for giving unwanted political attention to an otherwise entertaining movie. He further said that the BJP leaders have appreciated "our honest approach to meet them in person, we thank them all" after meeting with state BJP leaders including Tamilisai Soundarajan.