Nagdigar Sangam General Secretary and the President of Tamil Film Producers’ Council Vishal has lashed out at senior BJP leader H Raja for watching a pirated version of Mersal.
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?,” rued the Thupparivaalan 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.
Vishal has been leading a fight against piracy in Tamil cinema even before he assumed top positions in the Tamil film industry.
During a recent TV debate, when H Raja was asked did he watch the Vijay-starrer, he casually responded saying, “I saw Mersal. On the net.”
Raja has been in the forefront of the protest against Mersal, which has mocked pet projects of the Modi government. He also painted a communal angle to the whole controversy by raking up Vijay’s religion.
The BJP leaders demanded that the contentious dialogues concerning the Modi government be removed, sparking a major controversy. Soon the opposition parties jumped in and accused the BJP of trying to silence critics.
To end the controversy, the producers of Mersal met the BJP leaders in person and even offered to edit out the scenes that were deemed offensive. “Thx to everyone who stood by us. Thx govt.Thx BJP friends.We are willing to change anything if required. But thx again! #PeaceBro #TSL100,” Hema Rukmani of Sri Thenandal FIlms posted on her Twitter page, adding that no senes or dialogues were muted in the film.