MADRAS HC Dismisses Plea For Revoking Certificate Given To Controversial Movie Mershal As CBFC Defends Decision About Approving Screening Minus Any Cut

October 28th, 2017 | by eBangla Bureau
MADRAS HC Dismisses Plea For Revoking Certificate Given To Controversial Movie Mershal As CBFC Defends Decision About Approving Screening Minus Any Cut
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MADRAS High Court on Friday dismissed a Public Interest Litigation filed by a lawyer urging it to revoke the Certificate granted to controversial Tamil Movie Mersal starring popular star Joseph Vijay saying it is not a film on real life..It is a fiction. The film has allegedly made disparaging remarks through dialogues on the Goods & Services Tax-GST -ushering in one-nation one- tax across the nation effective July 1.The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has defended the certificate given to the Tamil Movie and its Telegu version as per the prescribed procedures. Nothing has been deleted from the original film .Nor was any protest from any political party was lodged, said Censor Board Chairman Prasun Joshi.

The High Court stated that ‘Mersal’ is only a film and not real life and cannot intervene where freedom of expression is involved. The petitioner had argued that the censor certificate should be revoked as the movie was full of “wrong propaganda about India and fake dialogues and scenes which obviously lead to the misconception about the new taxation system of India and the Goods and Service Tax Act, 2017 to the viewers.””No picture shall be certified for public exhibition which will lower the moral standards of those who see it and the prevailing laws shall not be so ridiculed as to create sympathy for violation of such laws,” he had contended.The petitioner had also sought an interim stay on the screening of the movie which released on October 18.The court’s decision comes after the producers last Saturday decided to remove the scenes which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) objected to. The BJP had taken  objection to what it termed as “untruthful”  dialogues regarding the GST in the film and wanted dialogues on the central taxation to be deleted.

A scene in the movie shows a character delivering a fiery monologue in which he attacks the government’s failure to provide free public healthcare despite charging a national GST of up to 28 per cent. The scene triggered an uproar among members of the ruling BJP who wanted it to be deleted from the film. The producer of the movie had met Tamil Nadu BJP leaders and agreed to delete some scenes as suggested by TN BJP leaders. But several super stars including Rajni Kant as well as Congress and DMK decried any move to delete any dialogue or sequence from the movie. Meanwhile, speculation continues that Vijay ,41, with mass following is mulling to emerge as a  political leader .

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