Mersal: BJP objects to 'incorrect references' made on GST in Vijay's Diwali release

FP Staff

Oct,20 2017 12:58 09 IST

What is a big movie without a controversy? Vijay starrrer Mersal is this Diwali's big south-Indian movie release, however Bharatiya Janta Party's state unit in Tamil Nadu has taken serious offence to a reference in the film.

BJP's state unit on Thursday took objection to “incorrect references” on the Goods and Services Act (GST) in Atlee's latest directorial venture Mersal and has asked the filmmaker to remove that particular part from the movie, reports PTI.

Vijay in Mersal.

BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan recently said in a press conference that the incorrect references on GST is misleading and generating wrong information. She also asserted that the filmakers are not enough learned to make such passing comments on a topic as serious as GST. She also said Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced no corruption charges and was working round the clock for people’s welfare.

“Incorrect references have been made in Mersal about GST (Goods and Service Tax)... celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people. What do they (the filmmakers) know about GST and its economics... such incorrect references should be removed from the film,” she said.

Though Sounderrajan accepted the fact that she herself has not watched the film yet she has received a number complaints from individuals who found the statements related to the economy and taxing wrong in the film.

"I have not seen the film. But, people who saw the film were offended by the incorrect statements on GST and digital payments, which are policy decisions taken by the Union government, after a lot of study. I understand the film has compared the 7% GST in Singapore as against 28% here. The two cannot be compared and this will send out a wrong opinion," Sounderrajan was quoted as saying by Times of India.

Meanwhiel, PMK youth wind leader and Lok Sabha MP Anbumani Ramadoss questioned the situation by saying that the film had been certified by the Censor Board, constituted by the Central government.

Mersal is Altee's second venture with Vijay after Theri. The music in the film is given by AR Rehman.

Published Date: Oct 20, 2017 12:58 PM | Updated Date: Oct 20, 2017 13:00 PM