In a clear case of buckling under pressure from the powers-that-be in New Delhi, the producer of actor Vijay’s latest film Mersal has agreed to accede to the BJP’s demand and delete certain (controversial) sequences in the film which are critical of the BJP-led Centre’s ‘Digital India’ project, GST and demonetization drive.
Directed by Atlee Kumar and starring Vijay (in triple roles), Samantha, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen in lead roles, Mersal hit the screens in Chennai and elsewhere in the State and theatres across the globe on Wednesday (18th October) after facing pre-release blues, which has become the case with Vijay’s films during the past few years.
BJP’s Tamil Nadu president Dr. Tamilisai Soundararajan, senior BJP leader and Rajya Sabha M.P. Ila Ganesan and Union Road Transport Minister Pon Radhakrishnan were quick to point out an accusing finger at the film’s makers stating that the dialogues which were critical of the Centre’s prestigious projects such as ‘Digital India’, the uniform tax regime GST and the demonetization drive should be deleted from the film.
The BJP gave an ultimatum of 2 days to the film’s makers failing which it would try to ensure that the film’s screening would face trouble at all centres. It now turns out that producer Murali got in touch with Pon Radhakrishnan to assure that their concerns would be addressed by deleting some sequences from the film. Not many within/outside K-Town are happy with the producer’s decision taken under pressure.