Mersal is creating stir at box-office as well as in political circles. The film has become nationwide rage hitting headlines in media. Mersal tangled into controversy for mocking at central government policies like GST and demonetization. Hero Vijay mouths some hard-hitting dialogues criticizing PM Modi’s pet policies, this has irked BJP. Tamil Nadu party leaders have demanded removal of the scenes. This further fueled the controversy. It has turned into a Mersal Vs Modi row. Social media went gaga having divided over the issue.
Film stars and other celebs have voiced against BJP for hindering freedom of speech. Universal star Kamal Haasan said that a film that had been censored does not require censor again. If BJP has issues they should counter the criticism with logical discussion. Telugu producer Daggubati Suresh Babu also condemned political intervention in films. Mersal collected Rs 38 crore gross worldwide. Kajal, Samantha and Nithya Menen paired Ilayathalapathy Vijay who appears in triple roles. AR Rahman scored music to this extravagant film directed by Atlee.The film will be releasing shortly in Telugu as Adhirindhi.