General Secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and President of Tamil Film Producers Council​ ​Vishal has sent out a strong message condemning the various political personalities attacking the film and the crew.

He has stated that right to freedom is a fundamental right. Censoring a movie after it has cleared the CBFC is wrong.

Read the complete statement below

My first appreciations to Vijay, Atlee and producer Murali for talking about important socially relevant issues through Mersal. I see this entire issue, put up by BJP against the Mersal film, as a threat to the fundamental right, ‘Right to Freedom of Speech’. It is against the freedom of speech.

In Hollywood, there are scenes that make fun of their own American President. That is the democracy and that is the freedom of speech. Here, it is impossible to impress everyone. If a political party can make decisions about a film’s dialogues, and its content, why is there a censor board?
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No one has the right to demand for a re-censor of a film, that has been censored already. Everyone has the right to speak what they feel. Likewise, we people in the cinema industry, also have a social responsibility and we can also speak whatever we feel like.

Vishal,

President, TFPC