Theatres across Tamil Nadu are protesting against the new municipal tax. Under the new assessment administration, expenses of 28 percent and 18 percent will be demanded tickets costing over and under Rs.100 individually, notwithstanding a metropolitan duty of 30 percent forced by the state government on theatres.
A team comprising of Vishal, representatives of theatre owners association and others met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at the Secretariat in Chennai to press for the revocation of the 30% entertainment tax.
"Regional cinema is the strength of the Indian cinema and diversity must be maintained in India", he has said and added that the tax on regional cinema be revised to 12 to 15% instead. Then there is 28 per cent GST becomes above this making it Rs 167 per ticket.
Opposing the move of the Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce to indefinitely shut down theatres across the state from July 3 following double taxation under the GST regime, filmmakers here have urged the chamber to revoke its decision.
Hope the acclaimed director's fervent appeal achieve its objective and the Tamil film industry is saved.
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The GST subsumes more than a dozen central and local levies. It may be recalled that versatile actor Kamal Haasan had earlier expressed his displeasure in unequivocal terms against the GST rates fixed for the Tamil film industry. Collectively our industry has been floundering for many years. "By closing down theatres, the producers of these films will suffer heavy losses", he said. That meant almost 80-90% of the Tamil films released per year would enjoy these benefits. This will imply curtains in theaters for almost 10 movies released two weeks back at least for now. "We are hoping that the state government will roll back the entertainment tax on Monday".
" It won't be feasible for us as it will affect the livelihood of over 10 lakh families associated with the industry", Ramanathan said.
"Plainly speaking, the Tamil Nadu politicians are threatening us". The theatre owners asserted that they are unable to cope with the huge tax burden. The GST is charged over and aboce the entertainment tax.
Reacting on the double taxation by the state, Haasan said in a statement: "Filmmaking has been made hard deliberately".