Sri Thenandal Films. the producers of actor Vijay's latest film Mersal have decided to remove the controversial GST dialogues from the movie.
The move is after Tamil Nadu BJP's president Tamilsai Soundarajan objected to the dialogues which reportedly mention the recently implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST), 'Digital India' initiative.
"The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film," Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan told reporters in Nagercoil.
He said wrong information should not be spread through cinema and actors should not confuse people using the medium and try to derive political mileage.
Hitting out at the references, state BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan had told reporters in Chennai yesterday that "Incorrect references have been made in 'Mersal' about GST ... celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people." Fans of the popular actor should not support such incorrect references, she said and favoured removal of the dialogue referring to the central taxation, rolled out in July.
"What do they (the filmmakers) know about GST and its economics... such incorrect references should be removed from the film," she added.
Senior BJP leader H Raja also slammed the references to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the movie in his Twitter handle and said it only exposed the lack of knowledge of economics.
Reportedly, in one scene, Vijay is seen talking about how despite having low tax, Singapore is able to provide better medical facilities and in another scene Vadivelu is seen making a dig at digital India.
When Vadivelu gets mugged, the robbers find his wallet empty. Vadivelu tells them that "these days nobody has money in their hand, it is all digital money and everyone is waiting in the queueu."
Tamilsai Soundarajan alleges that the scenes in 'Mersal' gives a wrong impression in the minds of the people.
The film encountered problems previously when a petitioner had sought interim stay on the movie's release. Later, the makers were also asked to get a No Objection Certificate from the Animal Welfare Board too.
Soon, the release of the film was also feared to encounter problems when Tamil Nadu producers and the governement faced a stand-off over the imposition of entertainment tax in addition to GST. The issue resolved when the government agreed to lower the tax.
Directed by Atlee, 'Mersal' is about Vetri and Maaran who fights against the medical mafia. The film has broken Rajinkanth starrer 'Kabali's record in receiving the highest opening day collections in Tamil Nadu.
By collecting Rs 31 crore on opening day, 'Mersal', Vijay's has scored way above 'Kabali', which had pulled in Rs 23.3 crore last year.
(with PTI inputs)