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Mersal row: BJP insulting freedom of expression, says Dhinakaran

Dhinakaran said the film has only tried to highlight an issue 'affecting people'

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

T T V Dhinakaran, Dhinakaran, AIADMK
T T V Dhinakaran

Sidelined leader T T V Dhinkaran on Monday joined the chorus in favour of Tamil film 'Mersal,' which is facing heat, saying the saffron party's demand to delete scenes on amounted to "insulting freedom of expression."

He also questioned the "aggressive" posture of Secretary H Raja on this matter.


Answering reporters' queries on the controversy surrounding the Vijay-starer, mockingly said that the film crew should thank Raja and state President Tamilisai Soundrajan for giving such publicity for the movie.

"The censor board has allowed (the film's release) and they are now objecting (to certain scenes on GST)... this amounts to insulting freedom of expression," he said.

said the film has only tried to highlight an issue, Goods and Services Tax, "affecting people."

"I don't know why Raja is so aggressive. His tone is intimidating. This is a shameful thing for all politicians, including me," he said.

The leaders could have sorted out the issue with the film producers through talks, added.

Diwali release "Mersal" has kicked up a row with the taking exception to references on in the movie.

leaders, including Raja, Tamilisai Soundarajan and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan have been demanding that the "incorrect" references be deleted from the big-budget flick.

However, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, his senior colleague P Chidambaram, DMK working president M K Stalin, veteran star Kamal Haasan, Tamil Film Producers Council, South Indian Artistes' Association and a host of Tamil cinema industry representatives had supported the film crew on the issue.

First Published: Mon, October 23 2017. 14:47 IST
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