1. Row over Vijay’s Mersal: Why Chennai doctors, BJP are up against this record-breaking film

Row over Vijay’s Mersal: Why Chennai doctors, BJP are up against this record-breaking film

Tamil actor Vijay starrer Mersal has landed into trouble following protests by state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as doctors.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: October 20, 2017 9:51 PM
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Tamil film Mersal starring Vijay has landed into a controversy following protests by the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party as well as doctors. Both are up against the movie, which is breaking records on the Box Office, for different reasons. The BJP on Thursday objected to “incorrect references” on Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the Diwali release Tamil film. BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit Tamilisai Sounderrajan on Thursday said “incorrect references on GST” had been made in Vijay starrer ‘Mersal’, according to PTI.

“Incorrect references have been made in ‘Mersal’ about GST (Goods and Service Tax)… celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people,” Sounderrajan was quoted as saying. While favouring removal of the dialogue referring to the GST rolled out in July this year, she told reporters that fans of the top actor should not support such incorrect references.
“What do they (the filmmakers) know about GST and its economics… such incorrect references should be removed from the film,” she said, adding Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced no corruption charges and has he is working round the clock for people’s welfare.

Support from PMK

Meanwhile, Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) party has come out in support of the Vijay starrer. The PMK has questioned BJP, saying the film has been certified by the Censor Board.

Lok Sabha MP and PMK youth wing leader Anbumani Ramadoss was quoted as saying by PTI that reference to GST in Mersal was made in the context of providing free medical care. “It is not proper to criticise it,” Ramadoss said, adding it would be not have been unfair if demands for removing a scene had come up if it hurt the sentiments of someone. However, there is nothing wrong with someone proposing free medical treatment in the backdrop of “high taxation.”

Doctors protest

State chapter of the Indian Medical Association has also protested against the movie. According to a Times of India report, Tamil Nadu doctors have said the film portrays medical profession in poor light. The doctors have even prescribed “piracy” the movie.

According to the report, the doctors are sharing links of the movie on a piracy website on social media and asking medical professionals to boycott the film.

In one of the scenes of the film, Vijay’s character says that people have to go to private hospitals as government hospitals fail to offer proper services.

Box Office boom

Mersal did a great business on the day of its release. According to Forbes, Vijay starrer action thriller had a $357,925 opening in the US, beating the day 1 collection of films like Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Sharukh Khan’s Raees in the country. Forbes also reported that as per early estimates, Vijay’s Mersal would collect around Rs 31.3 crore on day 1, making it one of the top three Tamil language openers in the history of Kollywood.

According to noted film critic and business analyst Taran Adarsh, the film earned A$ 133,057 (Rs 68.01 lakhs) at 25 locations in Australian release and £ 94,311 (Rs 81.08 lakhs) in 37 locations in the United Kingdom.

Mersal also earned Rs 1.48 crore in Chennai on its opening day, Behindwoods reported. Mersal has beaten Ajith Kumar starrer Vivegam to set a new record at the Box Office. Vivegam had earned Rs 1.21 crore on first day of release, surpassing Rajinikanth’s Kabali’s Rs 1.12 crore collection, Indian Express reported.

Mersal is Atlee’s second directorial venture with Vijay after ‘Theri’. Oscar winner A R Rahman has scored the music for the movie.

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    ramkumar chandran
    Oct 21, 2017 at 1:29 am
    how come previous congress was ruling smoothly without any hustle?? I guess they really had brainy economists like manmohan and chidambaram... Accept the failures saffron trousers
    1. SR N
      Oct 20, 2017 at 9:09 pm
      It has been started that the film has hit the box office and at the same the theatre are collecting not the real rates printed on the tickets and Thie theatre and the film industry to amaze unaccounted cash The Government will get GST and entertainment tax only to the values printed on tickets It is an open secret and the public only encouraged the illegal act due to their crazyWe must wait and see how the goverment will put an end to these illegal transsctions
      1. SR N
        Oct 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm
        First the the Film Mersal is not the first film making comments on the government policies Earlier many films critised the government policies and films were attacked by the then ruling partiesOne film mohamed Bin Thilak which was penned by Cho Ramaswamy criticized them PM Infra,Gandhi and the was not released for many years The GST Policy belongs to the UPS Government could not be implemented during their tenure and the present only implemented with amendments with the approval of all the state government and both the houses of the parliament and with the approval of the PresidentTo gain cheaper popularity the film maker utilised the policy The media's give cheaper publicity to the film Practically the film can not stop the policy which framed by UPA implemented by the BJ P and has the appreciation in the entire world as this present policy is a simplified one
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          Rajangam Dhanuskodi
          Oct 20, 2017 at 7:05 pm
          A movie's commercial success is different. Whereas, reference to GST in the film ought not to have been made without proper study of the scheme. Film makers are no economists as they have very little idea of the Nation's economy. Only the other day Kamal Hasan did a flip flop on demonetization and went to the extent of demanding apology from the PM!!!. He thinks too much of himself without any deeper knowledge about the country's economic decisions. I am ashamed to say that Tamil Nadu is Cinema crazy State. That is why the State is ruled by Film stars and script writers for the last 50 years or so. The people of TN have elected the corruption queen late Jayalalitha atleast 4 times as CM. She ended up in Jail at last, but death saved her from undergoing the jail sentence of 4 years. Now the TN Government is ruled by people who were handpicked by Jayalalitha. People there are dying like flies due to Dengue. No effective steps taken to contain the disease. BJP still supports this Govt.
          1. Subramanian Natarajan
            Oct 20, 2017 at 4:22 pm
            One does not get surprised by ic actors/directors who are deep into black money or unethical activities object to demonetization or GST. God save Tamilnadu from its film industry which has ruined the life of an ordinary person.
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