Mersal: Shashi Tharoor slams BJP for demanding cuts in Vijay-starrer after CBFC certification

FP Staff

Oct,25 2017 10:54 52 IST

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor criticised the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) for its protest against the Vijay-starrer Tamil film Mersal. He insisted nobody can object to a film after it has been cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).

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While speaking after a protest meeting in Thiruvananthapuram, he expressed his full support for the film's cast and crew. The former Union minister claimed anybody has the democratic right to make films over social and political issues and if it has passed the CBFC’s approval, no one can object to it. He also alleged that the BJP is nothing but trying to intimidate Mersal’s producers and called it 'completely unacceptable.'

He believes GST was a great idea but it was 'badly implemented' and the general people are now up in arms against it. Consumers and traders have started to complain and "everyone has the right to say that," Tharoor stated.

Thousands of Vijay fans are seeing this protest as an 'insult' to him, Tharoor pointed out.  He added that it was simply unjustifiable for a political party like BJP to demand cuts in the film.

Tharoor also said BJP has no right to create an issue about Vijay's religion for acting in this movie. "They made an announcement that Vijay is Joseph Vijay. Do we go for a film after looking at the religion of an actor," he questioned.

The protest is against the BJP's attempt to infringe on democratic rights and freedom of expression," he said, on the Thiruvanathapuram protest meet.The protest countering BJP’s demands was staged by Vichar Vibhag of the Kerala Congress Pradesh Committee.

BJP had earlier protested against Mersal for certain dialogues that are allegedly flaying the GST. Tamil Nadu BJP leaders such as state unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan and national secretary H Raja have raised questions over the references to GST in the recently released Tamil movie and said dialogues in the film were extremely inappropriate.