In a scene in Mersal, where Vijay says people in Singapore get free treatment although the country charges only 7 per cent GST, whereas people are charged 28 per cent GST in India, but still don't get free treatment. Vadivelu in his inimitable style opens his wallet and tells the thief that it's empty, thanks to Digital India.
In a press release here on Saturday, DYFI president P.A. Mohammed Riyas said: "We can not understand why the BJP is so antithetical to cinema dialogues critical of its government".
"Will those unable to tolerate criticisms made by actor Vijay in the movie against the GST seek action against me as well for objecting to the abnormal levy of taxes at the council meeting?" the Chief Minister asked.
When people came to know that the filmmakers are thinking of editing the scenes which talk about GST after opposition from BJP leaders, people came out in support of makers and started trolling Modi government. While this movie is in news for its GST related dialogues. Murali who met the BJP state president said that he spoke to other leaders of the party over phone. "Counter criticism with logical response", Kamal Haasan tweeted, wading into the controversy that erupted after the movie.
Senior BJP leader Shatrughan Sinha on Saturday spoke out on the Mersal row that has triggered a nationwide storm, given that GST was criticised in a Tamil film. They demanded removal of scenes mocking GST. 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.
In a subsequent post, he alluded to the movie Mersal starring popular Tamil actor Vijay.
Kamal Haasan, too, came out in support of the film, and asked that the film should not be re-censored.
The actor has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and Digital India. Till then, the controversies will help Mersal to gross between Rs 65 to 70 crores in Tamil Nadu during the five day-long Diwali weekend and make it a mega blockbuster!