Mersal: Madras HC dismisses calls for ban on Vijay's film; says 'freedom of expression is for all'
'Mersal's story is not real, but an imaginative one. So, there's nothing wrong in it,' says Madras High Court dismissing the ban chorus on Vijay's film.
Ever since Vijay's latest film Mersal got released, it has been mired in controversies — the biggest and most controversial one being that of the BJP's stand on banning the film. The party claims the film takes a jibe at BJP-led central government's policies like GST (Goods and Services Tax), demonetisation and Digitial India and shows them in poor light. In fact, recently an activist had filed a PIL against the film, reports news18.
And now, according to TV reports on CNN-News 18, the Madras High Court, on 27 October, dismissed the plea and backed the film.
It said if you "don't like the film, don't watch it." It also added that a film, like Mersal, is after all "not real, but an imaginative story. So, there's nothing wrong in it."
— News18 (@CNNnews18) October 27, 2017
The High Court also reiterated that every person in the country has the right to exercise their fundamental rights. It said, "Everyone has the right to free speech. Freedom of expression is for all."
The person who had filed the PIL against the film also reportedly claimed that because of the protest, the film is garnering a lot of publicity.
Upon its release on 18 October, this Diwali, Vijay's Mersal has emerged as a huge blockbuster and is on its way breaking records after records. It is all set to cross the benchmark of Rs 200 crore worldwide gross revenue. The film's music has also created a record by reaching 100 million streams within a span of 10 days, as reported by Sony Music India.
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