Actor Vijay's much-anticipated film 'Mersal' was released on 17th October 2017 to massive reception. The film which has broken box-office records also ran into major political controversies.
Directed by Atlee, 'Mersal' was slammed by the Tamil Nadu section of the Bhartiya Janata Party for few scenes in the movie which reportedly takes a dig at demonetisation, the recently implemented Goods and Services Tax and the Digital India initiative.
Actor Vijay has released a statement in which he thanks fans, industry friends and political leaders who supported the movie.
Read Vijay's statement here:
“Mersal, which released for the festival occassion of Diwali is currently running successfully in the theatres. However, this successful film faced a few problems too.
But my film industry friends, co-actors, directors, Nadigar Sangam (the Tamil Actors’ association), Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council, political leaders, party representatives, media friends, my fans (nanba), common people, and the public, everyone joined together and gave the support to me and the entire team of 'Mersal'.
My heartfelt thanks to all of you for making Mersal, a huge success and for lending your support against all the odds.
Vijay took a potshot at BJP leader H Raja's attempt to communalise the issue by referring to Vijay's Christian first name - by issuing the statement on a letter-head that carried his full name.
BJP leaders, including H Raja, a national secretary in the party, state president Tamilisai Soundarajan and Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, had demanded that the "incorrect" references be deleted from the big-budget flick.
While speaking to Tamil channel Puthiya Thalamurai, H Raja, mentioned that he saw Vijay's 'Mersal' - on the 'net'.
H Raja's statements met with harsh criticism from the public and triggered people to widely share the pirated clip of the same controversial scene from 'Mersal' in which Vijay talks about Singapore being able to provide better facilities with relatively lesser taxes, which India couldn't.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, former Union minister P Chidambaram, DMK working president M K Stalin, veteran star Kamal Haasan and a host of Tamil cinema industry representatives had supported the film crew on the issue.
Superstar Rajinikanth had said on Twitter that the film addressed an important issue.