Don’t watch Mersal if you don’t like it, High Court tells petitioner

The High Court of Madras has pulled up a petitioner for filing a case with it seeking ban on the screening of Vijay’s latest film Mersal, advising the petitioner by saying that the Court would have felt very happy had the petitioner filed cases against cigarette smoking in public and the habit of liquor-drinking. Released last Wednesday on Deepavali, Mersal had dialogues against demonetization, ‘Digital India’ and GST.

Ashwathaman, a practicing lawyer from Chennai, had filed the case stating that the film, which had given wrong information on GST, was given a clean-chit by the Censors in a hurry. “As the film had sequences against the sovereignty of the country, it should be banned from screening in theatres; the Censor certificate should also be withdrawn,” his petition stated.

A Bench comprising Justice M.M. Sundaresh and Justice M. Sundar took up the case and posed several questions to the petitioner. “What’s wrong with the film? After all, it is just a film and is not a real-life occurrence. Have you ever thought of filing cases against the manner in which disabled persons are wrongly depicted in films?

“You could have preferred a PIL petition on smoking in public and the prevailing habit of liquor-drinking among the people which is actually destroying the society. If you don’t like the sequences/dialogues in the film, just don’t watch the film,” the Bench said while tossing out the petition.

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