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24 October 2017, 12:43 | Harold Aguilar
What do filmmakers know about economics BJP angry with GST reference in Vijay's Mersal
Meanwhile, the entire Tamil industry has stood behind the makers and Vijay and criticised the state unit of BJP for raking up the controversy. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi had hit out at the BJP asking Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to "interfere" and said that cinema was a "deep expression" of Tamil culture.
Mersal, which was made for 130 crores, has earned over 80 crores in Tamil Nadu; its popularity has led to theatres adding more screenings of the film.
He also asks there was no GST on alcohol but people have to pay 12% GST for medicines.
Kamal Haasan has mounted a sharper attack on the attackers than Rajnikanth: "Mersal was certified".
A day after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Tamil Nadu slammed Vijay's new release Mersal for making comments related to contentious Goods and Services Tax (GST), a full-blown political controversy has erupted over the issue with #MersalVsModi hashtag trending on Twitter as support for the filmmakers have been pouring in.
BJP has come under public ire after it demanded cuts in the Tamil Blockbuster "Mersal". "Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks", he tweeted. On Friday, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan said it is important to cut down the dialogue that actor Vijay termed untruths about the Goods and Services Tax. Here is the deleted scene.Translation "Singpore with 7% GST provides free education and medical care to it's citizen without any partiality equally irrespective of rich and poor, where as we pay 28% GST, but inadequate government hospital facilities".
Murali Ramaswamy, Sri Thenandal Films head said. "Imagine the consequences if "Parasakthi" was released today", Chidambaram tweeted. For instance, BJP National Secretary H. Raja Tweeted, "Joseph Vijay's hatred for Modi is "Mersal".
Actor Vishal, who is also president of the Tamil Film Producers Council now, has pointedly drawn attention to how those that are criticising the film the loudest haven't even bothered to watch it.
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