Tamil movie Mersal dialogues snowball into a major controversy

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"The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film", Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan told on Friday.

Several senior BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu also accused the filmmakers of lack of knowledge of economics and spreading "incorrect" information on the GST and poisoning the minds of people.

Sri Thenandal Films, producers of "Mersal", however, announced on Saturday that they have chose to remove the controversial GST dialogue from the movie which has already run into many controversies before its release. The controversial scene itself speaks about how the government has failed its people even after levying high amount of taxes.

A scene in the Tamil-language film Mersal shows a character delivering a fiery monologue in which he attacks the government's failure to provide free public healthcare despite charging a national goods and services tax (GST) of up to 28 percent.

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Though Tamil superstar Vijay hasn't yet reacted on the BJP's demand for cuts in the movie, another superstar, Kamal Haasan, came out in support of the film. This comes right after the film was slammed by BJP members for a scene about GST. SG Suryah, a leader from Tamil Nadu BJP said in a series of tweets. "Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it. Counter-criticism with a logical response". Tamil Film Producers Council treasurer and producer of "Joker" S R Prabhu tweeted, "Those who can not tolerate criticism should not be part of a party or a government". "If there are misleading scenes in the film, we are ready to remove them".

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.

The BJP had on October 20 objected to what it termed as "untruths" regarding the GST in just-released "Mersal", and wanted dialogues on the central taxation to be deleted. If there is something objectionable they will inform.

In another scene, Vadivelu is seen making a dig at PM Modi's digital India and that may not be cut as it apparently skipped the BJP's attention. It is not a film that expresses opinions against the government either.

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