Theatres across Tamil Nadu remained shut for four consecutive days on Thursday, 6 July, for the second consecutive day protesting against the state government's decision to levy 30 per cent entertainment tax over and above the 28 per cent Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Now, the strike has been called off and the theatres will resume operations on Friday, 7 July. News 18 reports that while the price of tickets remain the same, only the entertainment tax of 28% (on tickets priced above Rs 100) will be imposed. Also, a committee will be set up to propose the price of movie tickets.
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The double taxation had left the Tamil filmdom in disarray, forcing the Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce to announce shutdown of theatres on Monday.
Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Monday had said, "Filmmaking in the state has been made difficult deliberately". Reacting on the state of taxation in the state, Haasan said in a statement, "There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film industry has to endure under this regime."
He pointed out apart from Tamil Nadu, southern states have desisted from levying additional tax on cinema over and above the GST. "In Kerala, the film industry requested CM Pinarayi Vijayan and he, through his Finance Minister, quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying anymore taxes on the already beleaguered film business," he had said.
"Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well-being of the film industry. Telangana and Andhra are also doing their best for their film industries," he had added.
With inputs from IANS.
Published Date: Jul 06, 2017 16:55 PM | Updated Date: Jul 06, 2017 17:00 PM