Vishal has claimed on social media that he had to pay a bribe to the Censor Board to get certification for his film.
Taking to Twitter, the actor released a video in which he spoke against CBFC and maintained that he had no other way out but to pay money to the board to get the clearance. Calling it a ‘scam’, Vishal addressed his plea to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shine and PM Narendra Modi.
He said, “This is about the scam that has transpired in CBFC Mumbai in relation to my film (Mark Antony)…I would like to address this with Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde and PM Modi. We applied online for film certification but we were taken aback by what happened over there in the CBFC office (sic).”
He added that he was asked to pay a bribe of Rs 6.5 lakh for the certification.
He went on to explain how he was further told that out of this Rs 6.5 lakh, Rs 3 lakh is for those who will view the film and the remaining Rs 3 lakh is for him to receive the certificate. “I had no option, I had to pay up. I received the certificate and my film Mark Antony was released in North India. But it is unfortunate. If this is the case in Govt offices, I really request the higher officials to look into this matter… (sic),” he concluded in the video.