Mersal row: Madras HC dismisses plea to revoke censor certificate to film

ANI | Updated: Oct 27, 2017 13:51 IST

Mersal row- Madras HC dismisses plea to revoke censor certificate to film .

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], October 27 (ANI): The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a petition seeking to revoke the censor certificate of the controversial movie 'Mersal,' citing that it was only an imaginative story and that the freedom of expression was there for all .

'Mersal' was in the midst of a controversy after the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded the removal of certain dialogues, which take a dig at the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Digital India programme .

The High Court, in this context, said, "Why was there no complaint against smoking and drinking in films or about the projection of LGBT? A film is only a imaginative story and it is not real life . If someone doesn't like a film, a person can refrain from viewing it . The freedom of expression is there for all ."

The Mersal issue had got further communalised when a BJP member said that actor Vijay took an anti-GST stance only because he is a Christian .

Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundarajan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan have been demanding that the "incorrect" references be deleted from the big-budget flick .

However, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, his senior colleague P . Chidambaram, DMK working president M .K . Stalin, Tamil superstar Rajinikanth, veteran actor Kamal Haasan and a host of Tamil cinema industry representatives have supported the cast and crew of the film .

Mersal, directed by Atlee, also features Samantha, Nithya Menon and Kajal Aggarwal . The film released worldwide on October 18 . (ANI)