The much-loved Vijay just met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami at his residence to thank him for bringing down the state entertainment tax—which was earlier 10 percent—to 8 percent. He may also discuss with him the challenges facing the release of ‘Mersal’. The star, apparently, decided to meet the CM after the producers requested him to do so.
In case you did not know, ‘Mersal’ is one of the most eagerly-awaited films of the year and features Vijay in three different avatars. It is slated to hit screens this Diwali, however, its release recently hit a roadblock when the CBFC refused to give a certificate as the makers had not obtained an NOC from Animal Welfare Board of India. Commenting on the situation, a source had recently said that the makers did not take the required permissions for a shoot in Binny that featured animals.
“The team started shooting after getting pre-shoot permissions from us. They have used a lot of animals in the film and they got permissions for this part by part. For a shoot that happened in Binny Mills, we came to know that they were shooting with animals and birds for which they did not take permission for — macaque, cockatoos, pigeons and snakes,” the source had said.
It will be worth watching whether Vijay’s meeting with EPS makes a difference on this front.
On a related note, Mersal marks Thalapathy’s second collaboration with Atlee. The two had previously collaborated for ‘Theri’ which did well at the box office.
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