In a big setback for the filmmakers, the release of Telugu version of Vijay starrer Mersal is likely to be postponed as the producers are yet to get a certificate for the film. According to a report by CNN-News 18, the producers have not received the certificate and because of it, Mersal’ release might be postponed. The reason behind this delay is still not clear. The Tamil version of the film is doing extraordinarily well and has earned over Rs 100 crore worldwide, according to a report by Forbes. In the history of Kollywood’s Tamil-language movie business, only four films have reached the Rs 200 crore worldwide box office threshold and Mersal could be the fifth one to do so.
The first four films are Rajinikanth’s blockbuster 2016 release Kabali, with 499 crore ($79 million), his 2010 hit Enthiran with 289 crore ($45 million), the Vikram-Shankar romantic thriller I, with 240 crore ($37 million) in 2015, and the Kamal Hassan starrer Vishwaroopam, which collected 220 crore ($34 m) in 2013. The Telugu version of Mersal is named Adirindhi and also stars Samantha Prabhu and Kajal Agarwal in important roles. Watch its trailer here:
On Wednesday, Vijay thanked his fans and supporters in the film industry for defending the film which mocked GST and demonetisation and was criticised by BJP leaders. “My colleagues in the film industry, actors, directors, producers, organisations representing actors, directors, some of the renowned national leaders, media houses and my friends have given them a befitting reply. I thank all of them who supported Mersal,” he wrote according to The Indian Express.
In his message, for the first time, the actor also used his full Christian name, C. Joseph Vijay. Vijay, who issued a note on a letter pad with his name in red and bold, wrote: “Jesus Saves”. Thus came after BJP national secretary H Raja had pointed out that Vijay was Christian while criticising the film and targeting the actor.