New Delhi, Oct 21: Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Tamil Nadu chief demanded cuts in the film for showing Centre’s schemes and Hindu religion in poor light.
Addressing PM Modi in a tweet, Gandhi asked him to not to demon-tise Tamil pride. “Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal,” Gandhi tweeted on Saturday.
On Friday, Tamilisai Soundararajan condemned the ‘misconceptions’ being promoted in the film about central government schemes, including Goods and Services Tax, demonetisation and digital India, saying when celebrities talk about certain schemes it misleads the public and carries effect in the minds of the people.
On the other hand, former finance minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram echoed the sentiments of Gandhi and attacked the BJP government. “BJP demands deletion of dialogues in ‘Mersal’. Imagine the consequences if ‘Parasakthi’ was released today,” he tweeted.
Post release, Parasakthi was marred by numerous controversies, and was defined as “one of the most controversial films in the history of Tamil cinema” by Theodore Baskaran. It was accused of trying to portray Brahmins in poor light.
Meanwhile, actor Kamal Hassan on Friday showed support to the makers of Tamil film Mersal.“Mersal was certified. Dont re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. Dont silence critics. India will shine when it speaks,” the 62-year-old actor wrote on Twitter.
Mersal is a Tamil movie directed by Atlee and co-written by Atlee and KV Vijayendra Prasad.
(With Agency inputs)