While this has irked BJP leaders in Chennai as they claim that it was aimed at the BJP-led Union government, the producer of the Telugu version of Mersalseems to be the most affected.
The original plan was to release Mersal and its Telugu version Adhirindi simultaneously, but the delay in procuring the censor certificate for Adhirindi made it impossible for the film to release on time.
Producer Sharath Marrar had made all arrangements by pumping in huge amounts of money for the release in Andhra and Telangana region but the delay in obtaining the censor certificate had stalled the release.
Sources in the tinsel town say that obtaining a censor certificate for a film that has already been certified is simple, but the ongoing controversy over the inclusion of some scenes against the government, made things worse for the Tollywood producer Sharath Marrar.
The producer is keen on having the film released soon as he wants to cash in on the huge success of its Tamil version. Further, with pirated clips of some scenes spreading on social media, chances are that movie buffs may not go to the theatres.
While the release of Adhirindi looked bleak a few days ago, all hurdles have been cleared now and reports are that the film will be out on October 26.
Mersal, starring Vijay in triple roles, has Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Nithya Menen and Kajal Agarwal playing the female leads. The film has been directed by Atlee and produced by N Ramasamy, Hema Rukmani, R Mahendran and H Murali under the banner Thenandal Studio Limited.
AR Rahman has composed music for this flick with GK Vishnu cranking the camera and Ruben editing it.
With Vijay having a good fan base in Andhra and Telangana, hope the Telugu version hits the marquee soon.