Vishal, the popular Tamil actor, expressed his gratitude towards the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for swiftly launching an inquiry into his allegations of corruption within the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). Vishal recently accused the CBFC of demanding ₹6.5 lakh for certifying the Hindi version of his Tamil film “Mark Antony.”
In a message shared on X (formerly Twitter), Vishal thanked the Ministry and hoped that this action would set an example for government officials to choose the path of honesty and not engage in corruption. He also expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, and all those involved in initiating this inquiry.
I sincerely thank @MIB_India for taking immediate steps on this important matter pertaining to corruption issue in #CBFC Mumbai. Thank you very much for the necessary action taken and definitely hoping for this to be an example for every government official who intends to or is…
— Vishal (@VishalKOfficial) September 30, 2023
Vishal had earlier publicly accused CBFC officials of corruption, stating that he had to make two payments totaling ₹6.5 lakh for the certification of his film. He appealed to authorities to investigate the matter, emphasizing that his actions were not for personal gain but to protect the interests of future producers.
In response to Vishal’s allegations, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry assured that strict action would be taken against anyone found involved in corruption. The CBFC also issued a statement, cautioning filmmakers against dealing with intermediaries or agents and encouraging transparency in the certification process.
Vishal’s outspoken stance against corruption in government offices has gained attention and support, and the inquiry into the matter is expected to bring clarity and accountability to the situation.