While Mersal is surely confirmed for the Diwali release, which is this week, the lead star Vijay is a worried man yet. There are still issues plaguing the movie's release, and the actor is pulling strings to sort them out. So when he met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Sunday, not many were surprised.
Vijay went to meet the CM, after the Central Board of Film Certification's (CBFC) issued a statement that it hasn't certified Mersal yet. The reason being, the board had raised questions over the usage of pigeons and bulls in the movie, and have asked the makers to get an NOC from Animal Welfare Organisation. As per a report in News Minute, Vijay talked to the CM on the producers' insistence so that the movie can get a smooth release. While this is a major speculation, nothing is confirmed by the movie's team about the reason to have this meeting. It was also reported that Vijay showed his gratitude towards the CM for revising the entertainment tax from tem percent to eight percent. This had led to the Tamil Nadu Film Producers Council and the theatre owners to call off their strike that managed to have Mersal get the Diwali slot with almost no problem.
Well, we can't blame Vijay for taking such a big step of going to meet the CM. FOr CBFC is not the only thorn in the path of its release. There is also a case filed against Mersal at Madras High Court to ban the film with immediate effect.
Mersal is directed by Atlee who earlier made the blockbuster Theri with Vijay. Vijay will be seen in triple roles; a village chief of the '80s, a magician and a doctor. The actor will be romancing three heroines in the movie - Nithya Menen, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Kajal Aggarwal. SJ Suryah will play the main antagonist. The music is scored by AR Rahman.
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