Another roadblock for ‘Mersal’: CBFC asks for NOC from AWBI to clear censor formalities

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not cleared the film of censorship and has asked the makers to provide NOC from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI).

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Another roadblock ‘Mersal’: CBFC seeks for NOC from AWBI to clear censor formalities

The Tamil film industry has been going through a testing time lately with many films’ release getting delayed because of the double taxation issue. The Tamil Film Producers’ Council has been working on getting the issue resolved and with the latest round of talks, there seems to be a positive outcome on the issue. Amongst the released lined up for Diwali was the biggest film in Tamil cinema this year, Mersal, which was slated to be released for Diwali. And with everything sorted between the producers’ council and the local government bodies, the film is all set to be released as per the plan. However, Mersal seems to have hit another roadblock ahead of the release.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has not cleared the film of censorship and has asked the makers to provide NOC from the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI). Apparently, CBFC says that the animals used during the making of Mersal were not CG made and were real animals for which the makers need to seek an NOC from the AWBI, which seems to be pending. However, latest reports reveal that the makers, Sri Thenandal Films, are confident of getting an approval from AWBI regarding this and the film will be released on October 18th, 2017 as planned.

Directed by Atlee, Mersal features Thalapathy Vijay in triple roles, something which he hasn’t done in his illustrious career so far, along with Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menen. The music of the film is rendered by A.R. Rahman while the story is penned down jointly by Atlee and K.V.Vijayendra Prasad.

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