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Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

Mersal row: BJP must respect free speech, says Congress

Earlier, veteran Tamil actors like Kamal Haasan, Sarath Kumar and Arvind Swami too backed the film for its important dialogue on GST.

"The BJP is acting as a super film certification board and curbing democratic rights", DMK spokesperson A Saravanan said. "I demand that the police take action against Raja for watching a pirated version of a new film and arrest him", Sampath said. Maximum number people are against demonetisation and the GST.

Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it. The issue got communalised when Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) member H Raja implied that Vijay took an anti-GST stance only because he is a Christian.

The BJP is not the only one complaining about Mersal.

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For instance, a character is seen delivering a monologue in which he attacks the government's failure to provide free public welfare, despite the introduction of GST. However, it all started when Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan demanded the removal of dialogues which he quoted as "untruths" about the GST. "If there are any views in the film that can create misunderstanding and they need to be removed, we are ready to do it". Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks. "Counter criticism with logical response". In his Tweet, he said, "BJP demands deletion of dialogues in "Mersal".

He further added, "Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies".

Joining the bandwagon of celebrities, Superstar Rajinikanth on Sunday threw his weight behind Ilayathalapathy Vijay's Mersal, which is in the middle of a political storm since its theatrical release. 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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