The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a PIL seeking the withdrawal of censor certificate to Vijay-starrer Tamil movie Mersal which has been mired in a series of controversies, the latest being the BJP’s objections to anti-GST scenes in the film.
“It’s just a movie. It’s not real,” the High Court said, dismissing the plea filed by advocate A Ashvathaman.
Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party Demand
The president of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit Tamilisai Soundararajan had demanded that producers weed out the controversial scenes from the film. “I object to certain scenes in Vijay’s movie ‘Mersal’. Certain scenes project GST and Digital India in a bad light and we want these scenes removed. Vijay has political ambitions and that is the reason why these scenes are there in the movie,” she added.
In response to the BJP’s demand to remove what it calls “untruths” about GST and Digital India, actor Vijay’s father SA Chandrashekar had also questioned BJP’s opposition to the scenes when the censor board had cleared the film.
Kamal Haasan Support Mersal
Kamal Haasan, who is himself flirting with the idea of joining politics, came out in support of the film, saying those opposed to the film must “counter criticism with a logical response”.