Actor Vijay made it clear on Saturday that he was not surprised by the controversy that his latest film Mersal generated. He further confessed that he went ahead with dialogues in the movie despite knowing that it would create controversy because he believed that it would lead to the greater 'good of the people'.
The actor made this revelation at the Ananda Vikatan Cinema awards, where he was conferred the title of 'Best Actor' of 2017 for Mersal.
"I have to thank everyone who supported me through the entire episode. We knew that the dialogues will create problems," said the actor. "But we still went ahead with them because it was for the good of the people," he added.
Vijay received a grand welcome at the awards ceremony and the anchors Robo Shankar and Satheesh elicited a round of applause from the audience once again when they referred to the actor as 'Joseph Vijay'.
Following the release of the film, BJP leaders in the state had demanded that scenes which criticised the centre's policies such as GST and Digital India be removed. In addition to this, senior BJP leader H Raja published a picture of the actor’s voter’s ID and a letterhead bearing the name ‘Joseph Vijay’ on Twitter, suggesting that his religion was the motive behind his criticism of the government.
After the Mersal controversy, opposition parties and actors across the country came to Vijay's defence and pointed out that there was no need for further censorship of the film as it had already been certified by the CBFC.
The Congress, DMK and other opposition parties had all rallied in support of the actor who is believed to have political aspirations himself.
The actor even struck a lighter vein in his acceptance speech by admitting that he was surprised he received the award. "When the organisers called me about the award function, the first thing I asked who I was presenting an award to. When they told me I was the winner, it was a pleasant surprise," he revealed.