2017 11:57 pm Shashi Tharoor demanded that the film should be exhibited without removing the GST scene. (EXPRESS PHOTO BY SUBHAM DUTTA/File) Related News Congress MP Shashi Tharoor today slammed the BJP for its criticism of the Vijay-starrer Tamil movie “Mersal” saying no one has the right to object to a film once it was cleared by the censor board Speaking after a protest meeting here to express solidarity with thefilm crew the former Union minister said it was a democratic right to make films with social and political commentary and if it has gone through the censor no one has the right to object to it Alleging that the BJP was intimidating the film’s producers Tharoor said it was totally unacceptable He said GST was a good idea that was “badly implemented” and the people are up in arms against it Consumers and traders are complaining and “everyone has the right to say that” Tharoor said The actor’s fans who are in good numbers in the state were treating the protest as an “insult” to him the former diplomat said It was totally unjustifiable for a political party to demand cuts in the film he said Tharoor also justified the controversial scene in the movie that criticised the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Slamming the BJP he alleged that it has also started talking about Vijay’s religion for acting in the film “They made an announcement that Vijay is Joseph Vijay” Tharoor said and wanted to know “whether we go for a film after looking at the religion of an actor” Tharoor also demanded that the film should be exhibited without removing the GST scene “The protest is against the BJP’s attempt to infringe on democratic rights and freedom of expression” Tharoor said The protest was organised by ‘Vichar Vibhag’ of the Kerala Congress Pradesh Committee The BJP had protested against the film over dialogues allegedly flaying the GST Tamil Nadu BJP leaders including state unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan and national secretary H Raja have strongly opposed references to the GST in the just-released Tamil movie and claimed dialogues in it were “highly inappropriate” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shalini Nair | New Delhi | Updated: December 14 2017 5:41 am Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi Related News Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi has written to several leading Bollywood producers asking them to comply with the Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act 2013 In the letter Maneka wrote that sexual harassment under the Act included “physical contact a demand or request for sexual favours making sexually coloured remarks showing pornography any other unwelcome physical verbal or non-verbal conduct of sexual nature” Ministry officials said the letters signed by Maneka Gandhi have been sent to owners of productions houses in Bollywood such as Aditya Chopra Karan Johar Ekta Kapoor Anurag Kashyap Vinod Chopra Mahesh Bhatt Aamir Khan Shah Rukh Khan Sooraj Barjatya Farhan Akhtar Anil Ambani Sajid Nadiadwala Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Subhash Ghai The letter mentions that as leaders of their organisations they are ethically and legally accountable for the safety of both direct employees and all outsourced and temporary staff It states that with immediate effect all production houses must set up internal complaint cells frame their own policy on dealing with sexual harassment and ensure documentation and reporting of all cases with detailed investigation to be carried out in case of complaints The move follows this year’s #MeToo movement after The New York Times reported on allegations of sexual harassment brought to the fore by several women against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein “Earlier we have written similar letters to the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Today we sent out a batch of letters to all Bollywood production houses on what is expected of them under the Act We will soon follow it up with letters to other film industries in the country” said a ministry official Maneka wrote: “This is to be followed in letter and in spirit by all organisations in the country and I expect you to personally lead these efforts” The #MeToo movement was also responsible for the Corporate Affairs Ministry finally acceding to Maneka’s two-year-old request for mandatory disclosure by all companies on their compliance with the Sexual Harassment Act Earlier letters by Maneka to Corporate Affairs minister Arun Jaitley were met with a reply that industry representatives were against “enhanced disclosures under the Companies Act 2013 and adding to these may not be desirable” Last month Jaitley agreed to amend the rules under the Companies Act 2013 so as to make it compulsory for the Board of Directors of all companies to report on the constitution of ICC under the Act For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related News Whether or not she is innocent or complicit, 2014 4:21 am The information centre will have exclusive parking for visitors Related 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