Political slugfest over Tamil film Mersal's GST scenes

Sri Thenandal Films, producers of "Mersal", however, announced on Saturday that they have made a decision to remove the controversial GST dialogue from the movie which has already run into many controversies before its release.

Kamal Haasan has mounted a sharper attack on the attackers than Rajnikanth: "Mersal was certified". In response, the producer Murali Ramaswamy said that misunderstanding needs to be removed.

The Congress Party on Sunday said that instead of criticising the Tamil film "Mersal", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi must respect the Freedom of Speech.

Many fans perceived the objection of some senior BJP leaders to certain dialogues in Mersal as an effort to silence the dissenting voices. "Politicians should take the hint and reconsider these issues", director PA Ranjith told the media.


BJP is unhappy with the reference to GST in the film. 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 filmmakers have reportedly agreed to delete the scene.

He then stated, "Mersal is not against anyone".

While individual netas have as much a right to give a bad review of a film as anybody else, in a situation where the government appoints the people who certify the films, when the political party that is in government raises a storm over a film and also the specter of tax raids, that's abuse of power. "Even an ordinary person should get access to proper medical amenities and this is the storyline of the movie". 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. In two of them, the actor is seen talking about the ongoing government and other schemes.

  • Kara Saunders