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Punish H Raja for watching Mersal online: South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce writes to PMO

‘Mersal’ has been in the eye of controversy before and after its release. Criticising the movie’s stance about Digital India and GST, Bharatiya Janata Party had demanded a few scenes to be cut. Featuring Vijay, Mersal was helmed by Atlee.

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October 23, 2017 6:33 pm

Actor Trisha has walked out of 'Saamy Square, starring Vikram in lead role. It remains to be seen who will replace her in the sequel, that also stars Keerty Suresh as another female lead.Vikram also has a few exciting upcoming projects, including 'Dhruva Natchathiram' and 'Sketch'.

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October 23, 2017 8:49 pm

Actor Vishal had earlier called out BJP leader H.Raja for watching Mersal online. The politician, who had raised the black flag against the movie, had publicly admitted to watching the movie online. The BJP had demanded that scenes criticising GST must be muted.

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October 23, 2017 5:51 pm

The elderly couple who earlier claimed that Dhanush was their son, has now alleged that the birth documents submitted by him are fake. They have requested for the necessary action to be taken. The court had earlier quashed the petition saying that no tangible connection could be established.

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October 23, 2017 4:49 pm

Vijay-Atlee's 'Mersal' has become a topic of national debate in the past few days as the Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded a few scenes to be cut from the movie. Now, a complaint has been filed against actor Vijay for hurting 'Hindu sentiments' in the movie.

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October 23, 2017 4:43 pm

'Mersal' might be the big release this Diwali, Rathna Kumar-Vaibhav's 'Meyaadha Maan' is also receiving good feedback from critics and audience as well. We caught up with Vaibhav about the movie and the decision to release it along with 'Mersal'.

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October 23, 2017 1:15 pm

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.

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October 23, 2017 6:08 am

In Mersal, the filmmakers have made references to Narendra Modi government's pet projects such as Goods and Service Tax and Digital India. The BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu took an exception to the scenes in question and demanded to mute them.

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October 22, 2017 6:02 pm

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.

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October 22, 2017 4:46 pm

Amy Jackson wrapped up the shoot for Rajinikanth-starrer 2.0. The film, directed by S. Shankar, is slated for release in January 2018. Amy's look from 2.0 was released earlier this month and it looks like she will be seen playing a futuristic robot in the film.

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October 22, 2017 12:30 pm

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.

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October 21, 2017 8:36 pm

The producers of Vijay starrer Mersal on Saturday offered to remove scenes referring to GST and Digital India if required. It comes a day after the BJP's objection to references to Goods and Service Tax in Mersal became a full-blown political slugfest across the country.

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October 21, 2017 6:35 pm

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.

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October 21, 2017 5:08 pm

Bollywood star Disha Patani replaces actor Shruti Haasan, who was the filmmakers' first choice to play the coveted role in Sangamithra. After promoting the film at Cannes earlier this year, Shruti walked out of the project citing differences with the filmmaker.

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October 21, 2017 3:49 pm

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.

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October 20, 2017 6:34 pm

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.

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October 20, 2017 11:01 am

According to industry tracker Ramesh Bala, Mersal, starring Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal, Nithya Menen and S J Suryah among others, earned Rs 31.50 crore in India, while its worldwide collection stands at Rs 43.50 crore.

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October 19, 2017 2:22 pm

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.

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October 18, 2017 8:00 pm

After appearing in Tamil superstar's Ajith's recent release Vivegam, Kajal Aggarwal is excited for the release of her upcoming film, Mersal. The actor would be paired opposite Ilayathalapathy Vijay for the third time after Jilla (2014) and Thuppakki (2012). Directed by Atlee, Mersal is up for release on October 18.

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October 18, 2017 5:58 pm

A video on Facebook shows a theater in Bengaluru being vandalised by Kannada activists. Fans had erected big cutouts of Vijay at the Sampige Theatre in Malleshwaram and that was said to be the main reason that led to the controversy.

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October 18, 2017 2:19 pm

Director Gautham Vasudev Menon who had kept the music director of this upcoming project featuring Dhanusha and Megha Akash, Ennai Noki Paayum Thotta under wraps has sprung a surprise and revealed the name this Diwali.

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October 19, 2017 2:07 pm

This Diwali, Vijay is back with Mersal and the expectations are sky-high. Tickets are walking off the counters and no worries if you weren't lucky enough to grab a first day show. Here's a list of actor Vijay's best movies that will help you celebrate Ilayathalapathy at home.

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October 18, 2017 11:30 am

Follow all the live updates and reactions on the release of Atlee's Mersal, starring Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu Kajal Aggarwal S J Suryah and Nithya Menen.

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October 17, 2017 7:39 pm

Theeran Adhigaram Ondru, which revolves around a good policeman amid the hundreds of policemen who are not willing to serve the nation and its people, has nothing new to offer. The film stars Karthi and Rakul Preet.

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October 17, 2017 4:07 pm

Ilayathalapathy Vijay plays a triple role in much-awaited Tamil film Mersal, which is all set to hit the screens on October 18. According to reports, the Atlee directorial has already set the cash register ringing.

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October 16, 2017 9:36 pm

Vijay-Atlee's Mersal has faced several issues on its way to the big screen: a title row, a petition against excessive pricing, a strike and confusion about the censor certificate. But now the makers and fans can heave a sigh of relief as the Animal Welfare Board has finally given a no objection certificate.

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October 16, 2017 5:58 pm

Bigg Boss Tamil winner Aarav posted pictures from his visit to the house of Mani Ratnam on his social media handles. His journey on the show was mired with controversies surrounding his romantic relationship with his fellow contestant Oviya.

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October 16, 2017 5:17 pm

Putting an end to a complicated debate, the Tamil Nadu government has announced the new Local Body Entertainment tax rates officially on Monday. Passing the government order, the new rules require 8% to be taxed for Tamil films, 15% for non-Tamil films and 20% for foreign movies.

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October 16, 2017 8:00 pm

hana Serndha Koottam is Suriya’s 35th movie. Helmed by Vignesh Shivn, the film has music by Anirudh Ravichander and features Keerthy Suresh. But looks like we might get a glimpse of the Jimmikki Kammal girl Sheril as well.

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October 16, 2017 5:37 pm

With several hit albums under his belt, Anirudh Ravichander is one of the most exciting music composers in Kollywood right now. As the young music composer celebrates his 29th birthday today, here is a list of movies that defined Anirudh's musical career.

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October 15, 2017 10:19 pm

Following the blockbuster success of Telugu film Arjun Reddy, Shalini Pandey has been busy signing new projects. She will be making her debut in Tamil cinema with 100% Kaadhal, which has composer-turned-actor GV Prakash in the lead role. She has also bagged a role in Dulquer Salmaan's next Tamil film.

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October 15, 2017 5:24 pm

Vijay was expected to have discussed a few pressing issues related to Mersal with the chief minister, to ensure a smooth release for his much-awaited film this Deepavali. Mersal has a big star cast, including Nithya Menen, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Kajal Aggarwal.

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October 15, 2017 3:51 pm

Shweta Basu Prasad's Digital Playlist: Shweta Basu Prasad's this week recommendation is Tamil film Visaranai (The Interrogation). In this drama, politically motivated cops in Andhra Pradesh set out to frame four Tamil labourers, for a crime they didn't commit, torturing them to no avail.

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October 14, 2017 5:44 pm

Raju Gari Gadhi 2, starring Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Nagarjuna , is directed by Ohmkar. It is the official remake of Malayalam film Pretham. The film has opened to mixed reactions from critics and it is expected to continue a good run through the weekend, given that it has no major rival at the box office.

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October 14, 2017 2:48 pm

The synopsis of Vijay's Mersal was revealed by British Board of Film Classification.Mersal story unfolds in different time periods, in which Vijay plays three different roles. A doctor, a magician and a village leader from Madurai. The teaser of the film has become a big hit online by amassing more than 28 million views

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October 14, 2017 1:52 pm

Going by the trailer, Santhanam's Sakka Podu Podu Raja is a romantic potboiler that has trendy music, gravity-defying fight sequences, punch lines and the lead couple dancing in exotic locations. It also promises to be a laugh riot given that it has many leading comedy actors.

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