Chennai, Oct 21 : The BJP on Saturday drew flak for demanding removal of references critical of GST from Tamil film “Mersal”, with DMK Working President M.K. Stalin saying the BJP’s attempt to muzzle criticism was against democratic principles.
In a tweet, Stalin posted: “BJP’s attempt to muzzle criticism is contrary to democratic principles. The DMK always stands for freedom of speech & creative expression.”
Actor Kamal Haasan, who is nurturing political ambitions, in a tweet said: “‘Mersal’ was certified. Dont re-censor it. Counter criticism with logical response. Don’t silence critics. India will shine when it speaks.”
It may be recalled that Haasan had faced problems during the release of his film “Vishwaroopam” four years ago.
The film, which released worldwide on January 25, 2013, was deferred by two weeks in Tamil Nadu following protests by Muslim outfits and an alleged involvement by the then state government.
“7th of February a few years back made me understand how people’s love can make an artiste win against tyranny. Was humbled and stay that way,” Haasan had tweeted.
During that time, Haasan had even threatened to quit India when his film faced problems.
Earlier, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the BJP’s demand for removal of dialogues critical of the GST from “Mersal”.
“Mr. Modi, Cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don’t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal,” Gandhi said in a tweet.