UPDATE: After reports suggested that GST officials have raided actor Vishal’s office, the Directorate of GST Intelligence have denied searching and raiding the office of the actor’s film production office. The actor-producer’s side has also confirmed that it was a normal check about TDS and not a raid as reported before.
Earlier, reports suggested that GST officials on Monday raided the office of actor Vishal’s film production company. The incident assumed significance as it was a day after the actor took a strong stand against minister H Raja on the ‘Mersal’ film row. According to sources, the officials checked the accounts of the company.
The actor on Sunday had called out minister H Raja for watching ‘Mersal’ online and publicly admitting the same. In a statement, Vishal said it was “totally insensitive” of Raja to watch the film using illegal means setting a wrong example. “Dear Mr H Raja, as a leader and prominent personality, you are advocating piracy and blatantly agree to it?,” said the actor.
“Dear sir, I as a sincere citizen, true workaholic and a man who thinks twice to do anything wrong, seriously, I wonder how a political leader like you can watch a pirated version of a film which sets a bad example. Totally insensitive and uncalled for,” he added. Raja had later clarified that he had watched only the controversial scenes which he had received through WhatsApp and Facebook.
In a press meet he had on Monday, Vishal had also requested people to watch the film in theatres. “It hurts when a person in a position openly admits to watching the movie online. Please don’t do it,” he said.
Vishal has been leading the fight against piracy from the vanguard even before he was chosen as the General Secretary of Nadigar Sangam and the President of Tamil Film Producers’ Council. He has produced several films including his latest Thupparivaalan. The actor is yet to respond to the situation as he is shooting for his next film.