Madras High Court has refused to put a ban on the movie Mersal, commenting, “It is only a film and not real life. Freedom of expression is for all.” The ban was seeking to stop the movie from releasing because a Chennai advocate thought that the movie gives a bad view of India, its health system and new national sales tax or GST. The refusal of the ban is certainly a victory for the film and the team involved with it, but it still hasn’t been released in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, because they haven’t been cleared from the censor board yet, and that might be an obstacle for the film.
Mersal, which stars Vijay has still been a blockbuster hit because it is being appreciated by the audiences, and now that the controversy has blown wider across the country, peope are being curios about it, which will only help in its commercial success, as it has already earned 180 crores.
The movie came to the notice when it was alleged that the movie was disparaging India and the authorities and hiding its critique over the veil of “freedom of speech”, but as it can be seen, the court agrees that the movie has the right to make comments about the country because everyone is free to express their views, unless it is hateful or dangerous for other poeple.