The Telugu version of Tamil film Mersal starring Vijay, which has been the centre of controversy, may finally release by next week.
The Telugu version of the film, titled Adhirndhi, will release on November 9, as the censor board has now cleared the film, the Times of India reported.
This came after speculation that Allu Aravind's Geeta Arts had bought the remake rights of the film.
However, Sri Thenandal Studios, the makers of Mersal, quashed the rumours, and said that Adhirindhi would release soon.
Adirindhi was scheduled to release on October 27 but hit a roadblock with the censor board not issuing a certificate.
This came close on the heels of BJP leaders in Tamil Nadu demanding that scenes in Mersal that criticised the Centre’s policies such as GST and Digital India be removed.
Following the CBFC’s decision to not issue the certificate, Thenandal Films, the producers announced that Adirindhi would not release immediately.
Aditi Ravindranath, the Executive Producer and Marketing Head at Thenandal Films tweeted to say that the film’s release would be updated.
In response to the Mersal controversy, Thenandal Films had issued a statement last month announcing that they were ready to remove “any views in the film that can create misunderstanding.”
The producers of the film had met with senior BJP leaders and given an explanation on the contents of the scene.
“Looking at it from their point of view, their opposition seems justified. If there are any views in the film that can create misunderstanding and these need to be removed, we are ready to do it,” they said in the statement.
The BJP objected to two scenes in Mersal, which criticised its policies at the Centre. In one, Vijay’s character says that people in Singapore get free treatment although the country charges only 7% GST, whereas in India, people are charged 28% GST but still don’t get free treatment.
The other scene that BJP has taken offence to in Mersal, is one where someone tries to rob Vijay and Vadivelu’s characters in a foreign country. Vadivelu then opens his wallet and shows the thief that it’s empty - thanks to Digital India.