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Tamil film Mersal gets clearance from Animal Welfare Board

The Central Board of Film Certification had demanded for an NOC from the Animal Welfare Board to clear Mersal. The film will be released on the planned 18 October date.

Manigandan KR

Director Atlee Kumar's upcoming film Mersal, featuring Vijay, Samantha Ruth Prabhu, Kajal Aggarwal and Nithya Menon in the lead, will be released as planned on Diwali, as the Animal Welfare Board has given a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the film.

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There were doubts whether the film would be released on the stipulated day, after the Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) suggested that it could not clear it. The reason cited by the borad were a few sequences in the film wherein pigeons were seen flying, and the filmmakers would require to submit an NOC from the Animal Welfare Board.  

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The Mersal team claimed that the sequences involving pigeons were made using computer graphics. Following the CBFC's statement, the team hurriedly submitted the required evidence to the Animal Welfare Board, which then issued an NOC for its screening. 

Now that the NOC has been issued, industry insiders say the CBFC should clear the film in time for release on 18 October.

The film is made on a budget of Rs140 crores and will be released in over 1,500 screens all over the world.