The Tamil Nadu unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party is angry at regional superstar Vijay for his movie that ridicules crucial policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The anger comes against the backdrop of another prominent film actor, Kamal Haasan, takes aim at the BJP.
At contention is particularly bits where Mersal – which was Vijay’s biggest Diwali release – mocks the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Digital India campaign.
The film, which is directed by Atlee, has created a few box office records, beating the collection made by films like of Rajinikanth’s Kabali and Ajith starred Vivegam in Chennai for opening day.
“Scenes that convey wrong impression about GST and Digital India should be removed,” said state BJP’s chief TN Tamilisai Soundarrajan on Friday.
The GST is the biggest overhaul of India’s indirect taxation system but has largely been blamed by economists and Modi’s critics for having crippled businesses with its arduous and confusing filing system.
Mersal has been running to packed theatres. Mersal is also strong in the United States, overtaking the day one collection records of Bollywood biggies like Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Shah Rukh Khan’s Raees.