The Tamil Nadu chapter of the Medical Council of India (MCI) has asked director Atlee Kumar to delete/remove his half-baked dialogues, penned sans proper understanding, about the medical fraternity in his latest directorial venture Mersal which released in theatres last Wednesday on Deepavali. The doctors have threatened to protest outside theatres screening the film if the dialogues are not deleted at once.
State BJP leaders had already demanded deletion of dialogues relating to GST, ‘Digital India’ project and demonetization. Doctors in the State have now joined the anti-Mersal protest by demanding deletion of certain dialogues/sequences.
The film reportedly says that people go to private hospitals because of poor service in Govt. Hospitals. “Doctors misuse their profession to earn profits; health check-ups in hospitals are nothing but a means to earn money,” the film’s dialogues said. This has been objected to strongly by doctors who spoke to newspersons in Chennai who wondered whether Vijay never underwent medical check-up in his life.
“Aren’t the film’s crew members aware of the free treatment given to patients across Govt. Hospitals and Health Centres in the State?” the doctors asked and said that North Indians are coming to the State in large numbers for their medical treatment mainly because of the quality of treatment prevailing in Tamil Nadu. “Atlee’s dialogues are half-baked; if they are not deleted, we shall undertake protests,” they said.