As sup­port pours in, Mer­sal mak­ers stick to their guns

Sunday Express - - FRONT PAGE - ARUNKUMARSEKHAR @ Chen­nai

BARELY two days af­ter its re­lease, Mer­sal has run into con­tro­versy with the state pres­i­dent of BJP, Tamil­i­sai Soundar­ra­jan, de­mand­ing the re­moval of two scenes that por­tray GST and de­mon­eti­sa­tion in neg­a­tive light. It was orig­i­nally be­lieved that the mak­ers would buckle to po­lit­i­cal pres­sure and re­move the scenes in ques­tion, but fol­low­ing all the sup­port that has poured in to­wards the film from the in­dus­try, it ap­pears that the mak­ers may not give in to the de­mand af­ter all.

Among the first to come to the sup­port of the film was Ka­mal Haasan who tweeted, “Mer­sal was cer­ti­fied. Dont re-cen­sor it. Counter crit­i­cism with log­i­cal re­sponse. Don’t si­lence crit­ics.” The film’s ed­i­tor, Ruben, joined in by sar­cas­ti­cally ask­ing if he was the ac­tual ed­i­tor of the film at all, given the clam­our over the al­leged cuts. Vishal, pres­i­dent of the Tamil Film Pro­duc­ers Coun­cil, has since re­leased an off­i­cal state­ment that read, “In Hol­ly­wood there are films which mock the Pres­i­dent of the United States. That is a shin­ing ex­am­ple of democ­racy. If a po­lit­i­cal party can cen­sor, that too af­ter re­lease, what is the need for a cen­sor board?”

Direc­tor Ram, whose Tara­mani got an A cer­tifi­cate for show­ing a fe­male char­ac­ter drink­ing al­co­hol, is quite dis­ap­pointed. “What is the use of a plat­form like cin­ema if we can’t ex­press our views? You shouldn’t en­force your opin­ion and ask for reamoval of scenes. When there are re­views about ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing cin­ema, why can’t films crit­i­cise eco­nomic poli­cies? This is dic­ta­tor­ship.”

The CEO of Thenan­dal En­ter­tain­ment, Hema Ruk­mani, clar­i­fied her stand by tweet­ing, “no scenes have been cut or muted”.

No scenes cut or muted in #Mer­sal En­joy #Tha­la­p­a­thy swag. Thx to ev­ery­one who stood by us. Thx govt.Thx BJP friends Hema Ruk­mani, CEO, Thenan­dal En­ter­tain­ment

Mr. Modi, Cin­ema is a deep ex­pres­sion of Tamil cul­ture and lan­guage. Don’t try to de­mon-etise Tamil pride by in­ter­fer­ing in Mer­sal Rahul Gandhi, Congress leader

(With in­puts from S Naa­gara­jan)

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