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24 October 2017, 12:41 | Dawn Berry
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Mr. Riyas said that party leaders threatening the film's producer and demanding that it be re-censored pose a challenge to freedom of expression. In his monologue, Vijay is seen referring to Singapore, which levies only 7% GST and can afford to provide free healthcare services.
"The film producer should remove the untruths regarding the GST from the film", PTI quoted Radhakrishnan as having said. "He has assured me the offending scenes on GST and Digital India will be removed from the film".
Mersal, which was made for 130 crores, has earned over 80 crores in Tamil Nadu; its popularity has led to theatres adding more screenings of the film. "Don't silence critics. India will shine when it speaks". Dont re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response.
Kamal Haasan has mounted a sharper attack on the attackers than Rajnikanth: "Mersal was certified". In his Tweet, he said, "BJP demands deletion of dialogues in "Mersal". He was referring to 1952 Tamil movie "Parasakthi" (The Goddess), whose screenplay and dialogues were written by M Karunanidhi (yes, the former CM), and which was released during the festive Diwali season, getting big acclaim despite portrayal of Brahmins and Hindu customs in poor light.
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Earlier, Chidambaram had said: "Notice to filmmakers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies".
On Sunday night, Rajinikanth took to his official Twitter account to express his support for Mersal.
"Mersal" is in the midst of a controversy after the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the removal of certain dialogues which take a dig at the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and digital India. "He further said, "Mersal" shows Vijay's ignorance in economic matters as the GST was not a new tax and the tax on liquor is over 58 per cent".
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