After Thalapathy Vijay's Mersal's grand release on October 18 the film was to release in Telugu last week, but CBFC hadn't issued the certificate despite the film being given a U/A. That's when rumours started doing the rounds that the CBFC might have played troublemakers and tried to stall the release. There were also reports that the film had deleted the controversial GST scene, but the producer cleared the air on social media. Now it turns out there is another reason why the release of the Telugu version got delayed. Also Read: Mersal movie review: Thalapathy Vijay’s enigmatic presence and Atlee’s class direction assures a crackling Diwali
Turns out the CBFC is not to blame as the producers themselves decided to hold back the release in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.According to a source, the producers now plan to release more than 800 prints of the Telugu version. CBFC chairperson Prasoon Joshi clarifies that the Board has nothing to do with the delay of the Telugu version, “Why would we cause any delay? The process of censorship takes time. That process should be respected. Having said that, we must be very clear on this: there are no cuts in the Telugu version. The Tamil and Telugu versions are exactly the same.”
Says former CBFC chairperson, Pahlaj Nihalani, “All the versions of a multilingual film are viewed separately, but certified one after another. So, there is no question of the Telugu version remaining uncertified for weeks after the release of the Tamil version. Someone is trying to gain mileage out of the controversies surrounding this film.”
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