Attack on Mersal infringement on democratic rights, says Shashi Tharoor

Tharoor also justified the controversial scene in the movie that criticised the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Slamming the BJP, he alleged that it has also started talking about Vijay's religion for acting in the film.

By: PTI | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: October 24, 2017 11:57 pm
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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today slammed the BJP for its criticism of the Vijay-starrer Tamil movie “Mersal”, saying no one has the right to object to a film once it was cleared by the censor board.

Speaking after a protest meeting here to express solidarity with the film crew, the former Union minister said it was a democratic right to make films with social and political commentary and if it has gone through the censor, no one has the right to object to it.

Alleging that the BJP was intimidating the film’s producers, Tharoor said it was totally unacceptable. He said GST was a good idea that was “badly implemented” and the people are up in arms against it. Consumers and traders are complaining and “everyone has the right to say that”, Tharoor said. The actor’s fans, who are in good numbers in the state, were treating the protest as an “insult” to him, the former diplomat said. It was totally unjustifiable for a political party to demand cuts in the film, he said.

Tharoor also justified the controversial scene in the movie that criticised the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Slamming the BJP, he alleged that it has also started talking about Vijay’s religion for acting in the film. “They made an announcement that Vijay is Joseph Vijay,” Tharoor said, and wanted to know “whether we go for a film after looking at the religion of an actor”. Tharoor also demanded that the film should be exhibited without removing the GST scene. “The protest is against the BJP’s attempt to infringe on democratic rights and freedom of expression,” Tharoor said.

The protest was organised by ‘Vichar Vibhag’ of the Kerala Congress Pradesh Committee. The BJP had protested against the film over dialogues allegedly flaying the GST. Tamil Nadu BJP leaders, including state unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan and national secretary H Raja, have strongly opposed references to the GST in the just-released Tamil movie and claimed dialogues in it were “highly inappropriate”.

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    sanathana bharathi
    Oct 27, 2017 at 2:27 pm
    Shashi Tharoor should state why the book on Nehru by Nehru's former Personal Secretary stands banned in India.
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      Tamizh Kattan
      Oct 27, 2017 at 6:36 am
      he thinks HE IS THE ONLY INTELLECTUAL and all others are fools. Let him join madayan Chidambaram, stand on a chair in a cinema theatre screening Vijays movie and wistle along with Chidambaram and start VIJAY RASIGAR MANRAM. These congis do not have anythingelse to do till mummy italiano throws some biscuits, they will wag their tail and grab the bites. Till then they will involve in petty things like Vijay movie . This guy worked in the United Nations. Can you believe this?
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        sampath chari
        Oct 25, 2017 at 3:19 am
        BJP is walking in the same route as UPA not caring for democratic values. What Indira Gandhi enforced during emergency may be repeated. A party I loved most, is becoming a tragedy. I hope it will reverse its policies and be more democratic caring for the voice of the people.
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        1. sunil kumar
          Oct 25, 2017 at 10:38 pm
          Completely agree. We have tested Congress, BJP, AAP ...and many other parties. What small we do now. What is the fate of India.
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            SOOTHSAYER
            Oct 26, 2017 at 3:46 pm
            then dissolve India into 29 countries..that's all is needed right now.
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