Recently released Vijay starring super hit movie ‘Mersal’ had been the topic of controversial discussion as the movie had few dialogues criticising the BJP govt schemes like GST and demonetisation, but Madras High Court today rejected a plea which asked for the movie’s ban stating that "It is only a film and not real life. Freedom of expression is for all."
An advocate from Chennai had filed a case against the move with the Madras HC claiming the move showed the Centre in ‘bad light’ with the dialogues on healthcare and GST.
Though a hat trick victory for the makers of the movie in Tamil Nadu, the release of the movie in the neighbouring states of Andhra Pradesh will be delayed as the movie is awaiting a clearance from the censor board on the Telugu dubbed version. But the Telugu version will not have the dialogues on GST and healthcare and has been removed as demanded by BJP.
The Telugu version, titled "Adhirindhi", was to release in 700 screens across the two states today but the new release dates have not been published yet.
Mersal, starring Vijay was a Diwali flick and bagged more than 180 crores though it had been under constant controversy. Congress leaders and AIADMK members came in support of the movie asking the BJP not to demonetise the pride of Tamil Nadu.
The Tamil version would not have any cuts bu the Telugu versioni of the movie will have changes as the producers are under constant pressure from the BJP and have decided to mute the critical GST dialogues.
Tamil Superstars Kamal Haasan and Rajinikath came out in support of the movie taking to Twitter to give their individual stands.