Rahul Gandhi: Mr Modi, don't try to 'demon-etise' Tamil pride by interfering in movie Mersal
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to "interfere" in the Tamil film "Mersal".
Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan had on Friday asked for a scene to be removed from the film.
The scene mentioned what Radhakrishnan called "untruths" about the Goods and Services Tax rolled out by the BJP-led NDA government on July 1.
"The film producer should remove the untruths regarding the GST from the film," PTI quoted Radhakrishnan as having said.
The scene soon went viral on social media.
Watch the scene below:
"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.
The jibe was taken up by former fianance minister P Chidambaram.
"BJP demands deletion of dialogues in 'Mersal'. Imagine the consequences if 'Parasakthi' was released today," Chidambaram tweeted.
Parasakthi was a 1952 Tamil film critical of Brahmanism.
The movie was written by M Karunanidhi, who later went on to become chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
"Notice to film makers: Law is coming, you can only make documentaries praising government's policies,' Chidambaram further tweeted.