'Mersal' Row: Makers Release Statement Clarifying That They Spoke To BJP Leaders

What do filmmakers know about economics BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay's Mersal

About the controversy over GST dialogues in the film, they said "We have discussed the issue with the BJP leaders including BJP's Tamil Nadu president, Tamilisai Soundrajan".

A character in the film says that GST in Singapore is just 7 per cent and medical treatment is free, while in India it is 28 per cent and corporate hospitals continue to milk poor patients. The scene continues to get thunderous applause in theatres but alas the producers have chose to chop it off to steer clear of the controversy. Vadivelu in his inimitable style opens his wallet and tells the thief that it's empty, thanks to Digital India.

Soundrajan, who has been opposing the references to the GST, in a tweet said, "MERSAL ridicules Dedicated Doctors disheartened/ambulance drivers shown corrupt/doctors should take 5rupees while the actor gets crores??"

Murali Ramaswamy, Sri Thenandal Films head said. There's a scene in the film where Vijay explains why people prefer private hospitals over government hospitals. While this movie is in news for its GST related dialogues. Celebrities like Vijay should not be making incorrect statements passing judgement on it. The ruling AIADMK government in the state is keeping a studious silence, as they do not want to rub Vijay fans the wrong way at a time when local body elections are near.

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Earlier today, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram also attacked the BJP over its demand for the removal of dialogues critical of the GST in film.

In Puducherry, Chief Minister V Narayanasamy came to the defence of the film, saying questions have been "justifiably" raised on the GST and the Digital India initiatives in the movie and there could be no objection to expression of one's views in a democratic set up.

"Let not BJP leaders labour under the mistake that they should always be lauded for anything and everything of the NDA regime even if the decisions of the Centre are injurious to the people", Narayanasamy said.

BJP has come under public ire after it demanded cuts in the Tamil Blockbuster "Mersal". Reports suggest that it has collected Rs 75 crore (approximately) worldwide after holding well in USA, Australia, Malayasia and UK.

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