In terms of collection, Vijay’s Mersel has managed to pocket Rs 32 crores on the day of release and is doing a big business in box office.
At the same time, the movie seems to giving sleepless nights to Modi baktha kodikal, as Tamil Nadu BJP unit and its leaders were found speaking all negative about the movie and that negative speeches is adding more value to Vijay’s Mersel.
In the movie, Vijay has a dialogue on GST. In counties like Singapore and Cuba, the maximum GST charged on public is only 7% and medicine to all citizens of the country is given FREE, while in India, GST is collected upto 28%, but health care remains very very expensive along with quality education. Vijay asks, why?
Tamilisai Soundarrajan, BJP’s Tamil Nadu president, said some scenes in actor Vijay’s Diwali release Mersal show GST and Digital India in a bad light. She had asked for cuts to be made in the film.
Meanwhile Echcha Raja has also spoken bad about Vijay and he went on to mention that Vijay is anti-Modi.
Kamal Haasan on BJP’s reaction to Vijay’s Mersal advise BJP to counter criticism with logical response. “Don’t silence critics. India will shine when it speaks,” Kamal Haasan said in a tweet.
Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it . Counter criticism with logical response. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks. – Kamal Haasan (@ikamalhaasan)
In the movie, Vijay’s character asks, “When Singapore and Cuba gives free medical treatment to all citizens with 7 per cent GST, why can’t India with 28 per cent?”
The BJP claims: There is no GST on medical care in India. But Vijay’s character also notes that there’s no GST on liquor, but there’s a 12 percent tax on medicines.
Former finance minister P Chidambaram today took a dig at the Centre saying there will be a law soon going by which documentaries praising the government policies will only be allowed in the country.
In his tweet, Chidambaram said, “BJP demands deletion of dialogues in ‘Mersal’. Imagine the consequences if ‘Parasakthi’ was released today”.
“Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government’s policies”, he added in another tweet.
Earlier, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) used North Korea as a metaphor to criticise BJP leaders, after the saffron party’s state unit chief asked for cuts in actor Vijay’s new movie, Mersal.
BJP’s objection to Mersel has given more awareness to Vijay fans who are mostly young.