Kamal Haasan on GST strike by Tamil Nadu theatres: 'We shall speak as one voice soon'

FP Staff

Jul,03 2017 18:25 29 IST

Chennai: Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on 3 July said Tamil filmdom will speak with "one voice" on the ongoing cinema theatres shutdown in the state following the government’s decision to levy 30 per cent entertainment tax over the newly implemented GST.

Kamal Hassan in a file photo. AFP

Kamal Hassan in a file photo. AFP

The Goods and Services Tax came into effect from 1 July.

Speaking at the launch of a dubbing studio here on Monday, Kamal told the media, "The entire industry is gathering together and we shall speak as one voice soon."

Theatres across Tamil Nadu have been shutdown from Monday in protest against the double taxation.

On 30 June, Abirami Ramanathan, President of the Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce, said the government should fall in line with the other southern states’ tax slab.

While a Rs 100 ticket in the neighbouring states (Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka) would cost Rs 118 post-GST, it would cost Rs 148 in Tamil Nadu, thanks to the government’s additional 30 per cent state tax on the ticket.

Ramanathan also made it clear that theatres in Tamil Nadu were not against GST, but rather the additional taxes. "We want a level playing field and do honest business and pay GST, but we are against the additional 30 percent tax by state government, which is sudden and unprecedented," as reported by Firstpost in a recent copy.

(With inputs from IANS)