A famous Tamil actor Vishal's film ‘Mark Antony’ recently hit theatres on September 15. Following that on Thursday, he made an appeal to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shine and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. On social media, the actor posted a video of him claiming that officials from the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) demanded a whopping Rs 6.5 lakhs for his movie Hindi version’s screening and granting a U/A certificate.
Here's how Central Govt. took cognizance of Vishal’s matter
Reacting to the actor’s corruption claims, the information and broadcasting ministry said, “the issue of . While “government has zero tolerance for corruption” and made sure “strictest action will be taken against anyone found involved”. Also, “a senior
Lastly, in tagging the Producers Guild of India and Motion Pictures Association, the ministry urged everyone to cooperate by providing information about other instances of harassment by CBFC at [email protected].
The issue of corruption in CBFC brought forth by actor @VishalKOfficial is extremely unfortunate.— Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (@MIB_India) September 29, 2023
The Government has zero tolerance for corruption and strictest action will be taken against anyone found involved. A senior officer from the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting…
The video posted by Vishal's caption read, “#Corruption being shown on silver screen is fine. But not in real life. Cant digest. Especially in govt offices. And even worse happening in #CBFC Mumbai office. Had to pay 6.5 lacs for my film #MarkAntonyHindi version. 2 transactions. 3 Lakhs for screening and 3.5 Lakhs for certificate."
And he further added, “Never faced this situation ever in my career. Had no option but to pay the concerned mediator #Menaga coz too much at stake since movie released today. Bringing this to the notice of Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra and my Hon PM Narendra Modiji. Doing this is not for me but for future producers. NOT HAPPENING. My hard earned money gone for corruption ??? No way. Evidence down for all to hear. Hope truth prevails as always. GB"
#Corruption being shown on silver screen is fine. But not in real life. Cant digest. Especially in govt offices. And even worse happening in #CBFC Mumbai office. Had to pay 6.5 lacs for my film #MarkAntonyHindi version. 2 transactions. 3 Lakhs for screening and 3.5 Lakhs for… pic.twitter.com/3pc2RzKF6l— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) September 28, 2023
Meanwhile, CBFC has yet to react and comment on the allegations made by the actor.
‘Mark Antony’ directed by Adhik Ravichandran and produced by S Vinod Kumar under Mini Studio is a science fiction action comedy film starring Vishal and S J Suryah in dual roles.