Mersal had a gargantuan day one opening worldwide, and is reported to have earned Rs 22.5 crore from Tamil Nadu theatres alone. While this movie is in news for its GST related dialogues. India will shine when it speaks. The production house also said that some of the dialogues which were opposed by the BJP were "just" from their perspective. He further said that the BJP leaders have appreciated "our honest approach to meet them in person, we thank them all" after meeting with state BJP leaders including Tamilisai Soundarajan.
Several senior BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu also accused the filmmakers of lack of knowledge of economics and spreading "incorrect" information on the GST and poisoning the minds of people. "Mersal was certified. Don't re-censor it. Counter-criticism with a logical response". The ruling AIADMK government in the state is keeping a studious silence, as they do not want to rub Vijay fans the wrong way at a time when local body elections are near. "The film producer should remove the untruths regarding GST from the film", Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan told on Friday.
The actor has been panned for his dialogues in the film that takes a dig at GST and Digital India. Mersal is directed by Atlee Kumar and bankrolled by Sri Thenandal Films.
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Narayanasamy on Sunday waded into the row over the Vijay starrer Mersal, saying that the BJP is intolerant towards criticism and attempts to muzzle criticism.
"Let not BJP leaders labour under the mistake that they should always be lauded for anything and everything of the NDA regime even if the decisions of the Centre are injurious to the people", Narayanasamy said. I'm not talking as Vijay's father but as a person who knows the rules and regulations regarding CBFC. "So why target Vijay now?" Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who's close to Vijay, backed the film on Twitter.
Especially after the Mersal vs Modi controversy, there are separate download links for deleted/to be deleted scenes. Till then, the controversies will help Mersal to gross between Rs 65 to 70 crores in Tamil Nadu during the five day-long Diwali weekend and make it a mega blockbuster!