Sunday, October 29, 2017

Madras High Court dismisses plea to revoke censor certificate of ‘Mersal’

Madras High Court dismisses plea to revoke censor certificate of ‘Mersal’


Madras High Court dismisses plea to revoke censor certificate of ‘Mersal’

The Madras High Court on Friday dismissed a public interest litigation 9PIL) petition filed by a lawyer seeking a direction to the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to revoke the censor certificate issued to Vijay starrer Mersal for its ''anti GST'' dialogues.

Justices M.M. Sundresh and Justice M. Sundar refused to entertain the case on the ground that in a mature democracy, the voices of the minority cannot be stifled. The judges said that it was ultimately for the viewers to take a call on the contents of a movie.

During arguments, petitioner A. Ashvathaman of Mylapore in Chennai, wondered how the CBFC cleared the movie for public exhibition “even though the film was full of wrong propaganda about the country and contained fake dialogues and scenes which would lead to misconception about our new taxation system.”

He said, “The story of the film does not demand the above said scenes and dialogues which contained fake and fabricated particulars.... The CBFC is duty-bound to see that the young and impressionable minds are guarded against subtle machinations of pseudo artists and producers as the youngsters try to emulate what they have seen in the movies.”