The arrest came after BJP district secretary K Marimuthu filed a complaint with Srivilliputhur town police.
Vihay’s Mersal, which is directed by Atlee, has collected around Rs 170 crore from the ticket sales across the world in just a week. Trade pundits have pegged the first-week collection of Mersat in Tamil Nadu between Rs 80 crore and 90 crore.
Vijay’s Mersal struck gold at the box office even as it has stirred a national debate on several fronts. The BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu opposed to certain dialogues mouthed by Vijay, which they said has shown the Modi government’s pet projects like GST and Digital India in poor light.
In 2002 she entered the showbiz with Vijay’s Tamizhan, and it has remained the only original south Indian film in her career till date. She also sang “Ullathai Killathe” for the film, besides performing in it. Vijay, meanwhile, is riding high on the box office success of his latest film Mersal.
In five days, Vijay’s Mersal has approximately collected Rs 6.90 crore at Chennai box office, beating the records set by previous blockbusters of Vijay. Not just in the capital, the film is doing a tremendous job in districts of the state as well. The film is expected to collect Rs 200 crore by end of the second week.
Citing Vijay’s religion, BJP leader H Raja has been accusing the Tamil superstar of running a “hatred campaign” against the Narendra Modi government. While the controversy first began over ‘Mersal’ discussing the Centre’s pet projects like Goods and Service Tax (GST) and Digital India, it was soon turned into a communal issue by Raja.
The Vijay-starrer that released on October 18, reportedly grossed more than Rs 100 crore in the first three days. An official confirmation, however, on the same is awaited. Mersal was collecting more than Golmaal Again and Secret Superstar in some international markets.
BJP leader H Raja has been in the forefront of the protest against Mersal, which has mocked pet projects of the Modi government. He also painted a communal angle to the whole controversy by raking up Vijay’s religion. He revealed that he saw the latest film on the internet.
A slew of BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu has joined the chorus of demanding the filmmakers of Mersal to mute the lines related to the Goods and Service Tax regime and Digital India. The Tamil film industry has also thrown its weight behind Mersal and Vijay.
Vijay’s Mersal has sparked a major political controversy. In one scene in Mersal, Vadivelu’s character tells robbers that he has no money in hand, courtesy demonetisation and “Digital India.” In another scene, Vijay’s character makes an impassioned speech ruing the government charging 28 percent GST.
Mersal is not as good as Aboorva Sagotharargal. And it is far from perfect. (I found it far better than Vijay’s previous two films Theri and Bairavaa) But, it was entertaining as hell.
Tamil Nadu BJP state unit president Tamilisai Sounderrajan told reporters that “Incorrect references have been made in ‘Mersal’ about GST … celebrities should desist from registering wrong information among people.”
In Mersal, Vetri, the character played by Vijay, remarks that while a country like Singapore charges just 7 per cent GST and provides free healthcare, India, which has high GST rates, can’t afford to do the same.
Mersal unapologetically celebrates Vijay in all his three roles, which is fine. But why create romance tracks that purely act as vehicles for songs? Kajal Aggarwal and Samantha Ruth Prabhu, two of the ‘leading ladies’ of Mersal, barely get few scenes and a song each.
Mersal box office day 1: After crossing several hurdles, Vijay-Atlee’s film Mersal hit the screens on Wednesday for Diwali. The film has raked in the moolah at the box office, claiming the highest collection on Day one in Chennai.