Vijay’s recently-released ‘Mersal’ contains a scene which makes fun of the central government’s GST scheme as well as the Digital India initiative. And, as expected, these scenes have not gone down well with the BJP. The ‘Safforn Party’ wants these scenes to be removed. Now, noted actor/ Producers’ Council President Vishal has made a statement about the controversy. The ‘Poojai’ star recently said that the makers of ‘Mersal’ deserve to be praised for taking a stance on a relevant issue. He went on to add that any demands for editing the scenes should be viewed as an attack on the freedom of expression.
“I congratulate actor Vijay, director Atlee, and the producers of Mersal, for delivering socially relevant messages to the public, through the film. I see the demand for cuts in the film, and the pressure put on the producers, by leaders of the BJP, as a threat to freedom of expression. Hollywood films criticise and make fun of the President of the US. That is a right and freedom given by democracy and rule of law. One cannot satisfy everybody, every time. If a political party can dictate terms and determine what is acceptable or not in a film, why do we have a censor board? Once a film has gone through the censorship and certification process, and has been released, no one else has the right to demand further cuts. We all have the right, and freedom to express what we think and feel,” added Vishal.
Well, this is a strong statement and proves that the industry is firmly behind Vijay’s ‘Mersal’. On a related note, besides ‘Thalapathy’, the film also features Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Akkineni and Nithya Menen in the lead.
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