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Mersal row: Vijay thanks fans in note, signs using Christian name

BJP national secretary H Raja had pointed out that Vijay was Christian, while criticising the film and targeting the actor. Vijay, who issued a note on a letter pad with his name in red and bold, wrote “Jesus Saves”.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: October 26, 2017 7:15 am
Mersal, Vijay, Vijay movie, BJP, BJP Mersal, Narendra Modi, Mersal controversy, Kamal Haasan, Indian Express Vijay, who issued a note on a letter pad with his name in red and bold, wrote “Jesus Saves”. He said Mersal has been highly successful, but faced some opposition too.

Tamil actor Vijay on Wednesday thanked his fans and supporters in the film industry for defending his film Mersal, which mocked GST and demonetisation and was criticised by BJP leaders. Vijay’s thank you meesage broke almost a week’s silence by the actor after the film was attacked. In his message, for the first time, the actor also used his full Christian name, C. Joseph Vijay.

BJP national secretary H Raja had pointed out that Vijay was Christian, while criticising the film and targeting the actor. Vijay, who issued a note on a letter pad with his name in red and bold, wrote “Jesus Saves”. He said Mersal has been highly successful, but faced some opposition too. “My colleagues in the film industry, actors, directors, producers, organisations representing actors, directors, some of the renowned national leaders, media houses and my friends have given them a befitting reply. I thank all of them who supported Mersal,” he wrote.

Sources close to him said it was for the first time he introduced himself as C. Joseph Vijay before his fans. “He was always Vijay to everyone. Who bothers about the surname of an actor? He has rarely issued similar public statements for his fans as most such communications were video messages. I do not remember him using his official name in a public statement addressing fans. When politicians try to put him in bad light for having a Christian identity, this is a strong reply,” said a source.

S A Chandrasekhar, Vijay’s father who is a familiar face in the Tamil film industry, told The Indian Express two days ago that he left the columns of religion and caste vacant when he admitted his son to school. “Why is a national leader worrying about my son’s Christian surname? Why is that significant in the life of an artiste? What is the problem even if he is a practising Christian? We see cinema as a medium, but they see it as a weapon and get scared of dialogues,” he said.

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    loganathan
    Nov 6, 2017 at 6:07 pm
    Congress in Karnataka Just watched when Tamilians are attacked in Karnataka in cauvery issue.
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      S Shivalingham
      Nov 4, 2017 at 5:43 pm
      tamil christian converts can go to hell. we don't want them in tamil nadu. vijay can get lost.
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        Being human
        Oct 28, 2017 at 3:30 pm
        I have seen the film, and also clips which have gone viral since, managed to irritate the ruling BJP, a party known for its communal agenda. Let us remember an actor portrays a character given in a script, gets directed by another person, and may deliver a hit. Before that a censor board which nowadays is appointed by the govt with people indoctrinated by RSS ideology has to clear it. And they did too after sm corrections. Vijay, the village chief in the movie (a Hindu), says it is more important to build a hospital than a temple. More importantly there are passing references to GST which the PM strongly criticized while he was in the opposition, but jumped to implement, once he came to power. BJP is angry and how do they counter? By asking how can Vijay, a Christian, say such things about temple??! People wake up, its a movie trying to get a social message across! Lots of tamil actors have tried to do that. And surely south has more educated people than illiterate bhakths in north...
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          loganathan
          Nov 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm
          Being Human Yes south has lot of educated morons in the name of Vijay baktha.
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          Being human
          Oct 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm
          Why is it that suddenly you have to reveal your religon to ask any question in society in India? Its thanks to the narrow fascist agenda of the BJP and its head leader who is guilty of instigating the biggest pogrom in the history of modern India! There people practicing Hinduism in Bali, Indonesia - a predominantly muslim country. How would these narrow minded bigots who bring up the question of Vijay's religon feel if tommorrow it is stated that Hindus in Indonesia cannot ask any questions to the government??! Only muslims are allowed to ask questions? Or the lakhs of Hindus who try to obtain a green card in the land of opportunities USA be told that they will have to state they are Hindus who came from India before making any complaint against an employer, an electricity bill? When a good number expect and want to live in a country which treats people equally irrespective of the religon they practice or preach why cant they give the same freedom to minority religions in India?
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            loganathan
            Oct 28, 2017 at 8:36 am
            Rahul Gandhi is also separating people. If he thinks that all of us are common, why did he didn't came for the death of Swathi but for three girls died in a medical college. He came here to promote that he supports SCs. If all of us are common then why he didn't think Swathi as a girl but as brahmin.
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