Mersal controversy: Don't demon-etise Tamil pride, says Rahul Gandhi

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Mersal collected gross Rs 22.5 crore on Day 1 in Tamil Nadu box office, while Kabali had garnered Rs 20.5 crore (Day 1 TN gross). India will shine when it speaks. However Atlee's packaging and Vijay's triple role as father and sons, as well as his charisma have helped it to do extraordinary business, especially in Tier 2 towns and rural areas. He also points out how alcohol is not put under the GST system. In this film, Vijay's dialogues intend that there is no free health care rather than the "GST" in India and Singapore is having the free health care than the GST.

The BJP is not the only one complaining about Mersal.

When Vadivelu gets mugged, the robbers find his wallet empty.

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The film, also starring Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha Ruth Prabu and Nithya Menon centres around a corrupt doctor and medical system. In fact, the controversial GST scene had gone viral on the internet. Notably, GST has been opposed by Jayalaithaa when she was alive and was the chief minister, but subsequently after her death, the new AIADMK regime caved in and agreed in toto with the central government.

While Mersal has been mired in controversy with respect to the dialogues mentioning GST and demonetisation, its makers have released an official statement clarifying certain things. "No one has money and only long queues", referring to the troubles people went through following the demonetisation of Rs 500 and 1,000 notes a year ago. Murali who met the BJP state president said that he spoke to other leaders of the party over phone. "That will lead to people misinterpreting the whole exercise (sic)". "Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it. Counter-criticism with a logical response".

Soon, the movie and the point of GST in it grabbed the eyeballs of the politicians and the BJP in Tamil Nadu has demanded cuts in the movie, alleging that some dialogues portray "untruths" about new national tax GST or Goods and Services Tax and the center's Digital India campaign. The ruling AIADMK government in the state is keeping a studious silence, as they do not want to rub Vijay fans the wrong way at a time when local body elections are near.