The Producers Guild of India has lauded the censor board for backing controversial Tamil movie Mersal and urged authorities to ensure that a movie certified by the CBFC is allowed to be screened without disruption. Mersal, Tamil superstar Vijay's Diwali release, faced protests from the Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), who were demanding the removal of specific dialogues which take a dig at GST and digital India. Siddharth Roy Kapur, President of the Producers Guild of India, said in a statement, "We applaud the CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification) for standing by the freedom of expression of the filmmakers of Mersal and for permitting them to air contrarian opinions on current issues voiced by certain characters in their film. It is at such times, when we uphold the rights of our artistes to voice diverse opinions through their work, that we showcase the best of who we are as a country."
Siddharth Roy Kapur further added, "We would now expect the relevant authorities to ensure that any coercion on the filmmakers from any quarters whatsoever to make changes to their film, is dealt with firmly, and to ensure that a film which has been duly certified is allowed to be screened without any disruption." Apart from Siddharth, several politicians including Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, DMK leader M.K. Stalin and actor Kamal Haasan slammed the BJP's attempt to muzzle criticism regarding its policies. (ALSO READ - The producers of Vijay's Mersal apologise for hurting people's sentiments, agree to chop the portions talking about GST and Digital India)
Earlier this week, BJP National Secretary H. Raja even raked up actor Vijay's Christian origins. "Joseph Vijay's hatred for Modi is Mersal," he wrote, adding a communal flavour to the row. Directed by Atlee, Mersal stars Vijay in a triple roles of a village head, a doctor and a magician. Anyway, what are your thoughts about this latest development? Share with us your thoughts in the comments section below! Also stay tuned to BollywoodLife as we get you all the updates about Mersal right here.
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