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Vijay has every right to criticize GST, Digital India: Ex-Union Minister

Former Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Saturday extended his support to actor Vijay over the controversy surrounding the dialogues about GST in his ‘Mersal’ film. The senior Congress leader tweeted, “BJP to decide what is wrong or right for us:a new definition of free speech.Vijay in Mersal has every right to criticise GST,Digital India.”

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#TamiliansvsModi trending on Twitter

Following the controversy surrounding the ‘Mersal’ film for dialogues about GST, the hashtag #TamiliansvsModi is trending on Twitter. Earlier, Vijay fans and several others who support the ‘Mersal’ film tweeted with hashtag #MersalvsModi. Notably, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi tweeted, “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don't try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal”.

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‘Mersal’ scenes should not be removed for anyone: Actors’ association

The South Indian actors’ association has come out in support of the ‘Mersal’ film starring Vijay which garnered opposition from BJP for dialogues on GST. The association reportedly said the scenes should not be removed for anyone as such actions would cause big problems in the future. Making changes in the censored movie due to personal criticisms questions the freedom of expression, it reportedly added. Further, the association reportedly asked if there is no freedom of expression for cinema media and artists.

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Not right to remove ‘Mersal’ scenes: Top actor

Actor Prabhu has reportedly voiced his support for the controversial ‘Mersal’ film which released on Diwali day. The actor reportedly said, “It’s not right to remove the scenes from a censored film. Freedom of expression is needed.” The Vijay-starrer stirred up controversy for its dialogues about the GST, which was implemented by the BJP government.

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Following Mersal controversy, M K Stalin tweets

Following the controversy surrounding Vijay-starrer ‘Mersal’ film, DMK working president M K Stalin has come in support of the movie. Stalin tweeted, “BJP's attempt to muzzle criticism is contrary to democratic principles. The DMK always stands for freedom of speech & creative expression”. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also tweeted in support of the film and slammed BJP for trying to “demon-etise” Tamil pride.

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AAP voices against re-censor

With too many political views against the Tamil movie 'Mersal', Delhi deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has tweeted that instead of re-censoring the movie, they can fix the problem with GST. A lot of other well-known personalities like Kushboo and Kamal Haasan had also tweeted supporting the movie.

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Rahul Gandhi asks PM Modi not to interfere in ‘Mersal’

Vice president of the Indian National Congress Rahul Gandhi gave his voice for Vijay’s ‘Mersal’ and told that cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Rahul also asked the Indian Prime Minister Modi not to interfere in ‘Mersal’.

 

 


 

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Dedicated doctors disheartened by Mersal: Tamilisai Soundararajan

Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan accused Vijay’s ‘Mersal’ of showing doctors and ambulance drivers in a bad light. Tamilisai also questioned why should doctors take Rs 5 as fees while actors in movies get crores. Earlier, Tamilisai had asked for some scenes from ‘Mersal’ to be removed as they are critical of the Goods and Services Tax and the Digital India initiative.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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You can only make documentaries praising government's policies: P Chidambaram

senior Congress leader P Chidambaram joined the list of politicians who have given their voice for Vijay’s ‘Mersal’. In a sarcastic way, Chidambaram told that a new law is coming and people can only make documentaries praising government's policies.

 

 


 

 

 


 

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Vijay's 'Mersal' gets Seeman's support

Naam Tamilar Katchi chief Seeman reportedly praised Vijay starrer ‘Mersal’ and wished the movie to become a success. Seeman further told that the movie ‘Mersal’ emphasises the need of free and quality medicine and wished director Atlee and the entire crew of the film a grand success.

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9 killed as portion of TN transport corporation building collapses

According to reports, 9 Tamil Nadu transport staffers were killed early on Friday when a portion of an old building of the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation’s collapsed near Nagapattinam. Reportedly, the staff members of the TNSTC were sleeping in the building, constructed in 1952, when the collapse happened killing them on the spot. Three others who sustained injuries were rushed to Karaikal General Hospital.

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Here's what Thirumavalavan said about Mersal Controversy

Tamil Nadu's Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi leader Thol Thirumavalavan expressed his opinion on the controversy surrounding Vijay-starrer 'Mersal'. He said that he had not watched the film yet, but the movie was released only after censor board gave the certification. In that case, they should fight against the censor board and not against the movie.

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Top politician condemns attack on Vijay’s fans

PMK leader Anbumani Ramadoss has reportedly condemned the attack on the fans of actor Vijay at a theatre in Bengaluru where ‘Mersal’ starring the actor was screened. Stating that the film shows in Mysore have temporarily been suspended, PMK’s youth wing leader said Kannadigas should learn to coexist as brothers with Tamils, say reports. Anbumani also reportedly added that the Karnataka government should protect Tamils in the State.

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Controversial scenes to be removed from 'Mersal'?

The producers of the ‘Mersal’ film have agreed to remove the controversial scenes following the opposition from BJP for the dialogues about Digital India and GST in the film, reported Puthiya Thalaimurai. Earlier, BJP leaders Tamilisai Soundararajan, Pon Radhakrishnan and H Raja had stated that the scenes should be removed as they are against the central government. However, a confirmation from the filmmakers about when will the changes be made is still awaited.

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Mersal Controversy: After GST and Digital India, Tamilisai comes up with another issue

Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundrajan met the reporters in Cuddalore and raised another question against Mersal controversy. The movie depicts a scene where the doctors are being showcased in a bad light. Tamilisai asked that "if the movie was taken for the welfare of people, then why are you not giving the movie ticket for free or for Rs. 5. If it is for people's happiness then why charge them."

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Jaya’s death probe to start next week

Probe on the death of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will reportedly start next week. Retired judge Arumugasamy will reportedly start the initial investigation. It was one of the demands made by TN’s Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam to merge with the Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s faction.

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''There’s a need for the word Dalit: Pa Ranjith''

In a recent press meet, director Pa Ranjith said that the word ‘Dalit’ should not be removed. He spoke about rebels and Ambedkar who fought for the basic rights of people. He said, people who think about destroying Ambedkarism will have to keep dreaming and that it cannot be destroyed.

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Private school fined Rs 1 lakh for Dengue-creating environment

Reports say that a private school in the Bharathi Nagar area of Ramanathapuram has been slapped a fine of Rs one lakh for harbouring a Dengue-creating environment. District collector Natarajan fined the school for keeping the premises favourable to the breeding of Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes that spread Dengue, reports added.

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''I don't want to promote Mersal'': Top politician

BJP’s Ila Ganesan said in a press meet that he does not want to promote the movie by talking about it. He also said that it has become a practice for people to talk bad about the central government. Earlier, Tamil Nadu BJP's president Tamilisai Soundararajan said that she will move court if the filmmakers do not remove dialogues criticising GST.

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Mersal controversy: Here is what Pa Ranjith has to say

Filmmaker Pa Ranjith has reportedly said that there is no need to remove dialogue from Vijay-starrer ‘Mersal’ film which released on Diwali. Ranjith reportedly said the dialogues in the film reflect the people’s issues, hence, they need not to be removed. The film had dialogues about Digital India scheme and GST. Earlier, Tamil Nadu BJP leaders Tamilisai Soundararajan and Pon Radhakrishnan demanded that the dialogues should be removed from the film.

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