Vishal claimed he paid a bribe to acquire censor certification for the Hindi model of his movie Mark Antony.
India’s Union Data and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday stated the federal government has “zero tolerance” for corruption and has initiated an inquiry into the declare by Tamil actor Vishal that he paid a bribe to acquire censor certification of the Hindi model for his movie Mark Antony.
On Thursday the actor took to X to allege that officers from the Central Board of Movie Certification (CBFC) Mumbai workplace had demanded cash in alternate for the screening and granting of a U/A certificates for his movie.
“The difficulty of corruption in CBFC introduced forth by actor @VishalKOfficial is extraordinarily unlucky. The Authorities has zero tolerance for corruption and the strictest motion will likely be taken towards anybody discovered concerned,” in line with an announcement by the I&B Ministry.
The difficulty of corruption in CBFC introduced forth by actor @VishalKOfficial is extraordinarily unlucky.
The Authorities has zero tolerance for corruption and strictest motion will likely be taken towards anybody discovered concerned. A senior officer from the Ministry of Data & Broadcasting…
— Ministry of Data and Broadcasting (@MIB_India) September 29, 2023
The ministry stated a senior officer has been deputed to conduct an inquiry into the matter.
“A senior officer from the Ministry of Data & Broadcasting has been deputed to Mumbai to conduct an inquiry right this moment itself. We request everybody to cooperate with the Ministry, by offering details about every other occasion of harassment by CBFC at [email protected],” the I&B Ministry assertion learn.
Filmmaker Ashoke Pandit, who’s a former member of the CBFC informed ANI that the Tamil actor has levelled “very critical” allegations and has demanded an investigation by the CBI.
He additional stated that individuals named by the Tamil actor as having taken the cash aren’t workers of the CBFC and due to this fact “whoever the cash was given to must be investigated.”
“There are two names he takes in his assertion, M Rajan and Jija Ramdas. As per my data, these two aren’t the staff of CBFC… Accusing a CBFC officer at this stage will not be proper… But when allegations are being made, then we demand a CBI inquiry as a result of the allegations are very critical… It’s apparent that any officer who calls for cash won’t take it (straight) into his account… These two individuals he named ought to be requested if they’ve taken the cash on somebody’s behalf on the CBFC… Excessive energy inquiry ought to be initiated,” Ashoke Pandit stated.
On Thursday, actor Vishal had shared a video message on X. “Corruption being proven on silver display screen is ok. However not in actual life. Can’t digest. Particularly in govt places of work. And even worse taking place in CBFC Mumbai workplace. Needed to pay 6.5 lacs for my movie #MarkAntonyHindi model. 2 transactions. 3 Lakhs for screening and three.5 Lakhs for certificates,” Vishal wrote.
#Corruption being proven on silver display screen is ok. However not in actual life. Cant digest. Particularly in govt places of work. And even worse taking place in #CBFC Mumbai workplace. Needed to pay 6.5 lacs for my movie #MarkAntonyHindi model. 2 transactions. 3 Lakhs for screening and three.5 Lakhs for… pic.twitter.com/3pc2RzKF6l
— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) September 28, 2023
The actor additionally made an attraction to Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into the matter.
“By no means confronted this example ever in my profession. Had no possibility however to pay the involved mediator #Menaga coz an excessive amount of at stake since film launched right this moment. Bringing this to the discover of Hon Chief Minister of Maharashtra and my Hon PM Narendra Modiji. Doing this isn’t for me however for future producers. NOT HAPPENING. My hard-earned cash gone for corruption??? No manner. Proof down for all to listen to. Hope reality prevails as at all times. GB,” Vishal added.
Mark Antony, a science fiction motion comedy was launched on September 15. Directed by Adhik Ravichandran and produced by S Vinod Kumar underneath Mini Studio, the movie stars Vishal and S J Suryah in twin roles.