HC comes to Mersal’s support, dismisses plea against movie

The Madras high court has dismissed a petition which sought a direction to revoke the censor certificate issued for Vijay’s Mersal.

It also came down heavily on the petitioner, advocate A Ashvathaman, who alleged that Mersal was filled with wrong propaganda about India and central government.

Justices M.M. Sundresh and Justice M. Sundar refused to entertain the case on the ground that in a mature democracy, the voices of the minority cannot be stifled.

The judges said that it was ultimately for the viewers to take a call on the contents of a movie.

Ashvathaman of Mylapore in Chennai, wondered how the CBFC cleared the movie for public exhibition “even though the film was full of wrong propaganda about the country and contained fake dialogues and scenes which would lead to misconception about our new taxation system.”

Mersal, starring Vijay, released on Deepavali in Tamil Nadu and has earned nearly 180 crores worldwide after it bounced into controversy with a union minister and state leaders of the BJP demanding that the references to GST be edited.