Cinemas shut across TN over local body tax

1100 Theatres To Remain Closed From Monday In Tamil Nadu

Over 1,000 cinema theatres across Tamil Nadu went on strike from Monday against the new entertainment tax of 30 per cent in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

While the Kerala and Karnataka film industries have abolished the entertainment tax, the Tamil Nadu government is yet to take a decision on it.

Besides the local tax, a GST of 18 per cent has been fixed for tickets priced below Rs 100 and 28 per cent for those above Rs 100.

Tamil Nadu film producers president, Vishal also stated that they had asked the finance and Centre Government Minister to put the least slab tax on the regional movies.

He has urged the Tamil Nadu Film Director's Association to intervene in the matter. He said action will also be taken if additional rates were charged for commodities exempted from the GST.

Ramanathan added that members of the association had met Jayakumar earlier in the day and while there was no clarity on when film screenings would resume, they were hoping for a prompt response. But industry experts say that the actual tax incidence works out to be more expensive. That meant almost 80-90% of the Tamil films released per year would enjoy these benefits.

The GST replaces more than a dozen central and local levies, unifying India into a common market.


Indefinite strike over GST: Nearly 1,100 theaters in and around Tamil Nadu are on indefinite strike over GST.

"We have requested the government to fix a threshold within which we should be allowed to either increase or cut down ticket prices as per the need", the report quoted Ramanathan.

"We expect Govt of TN to remove the local tax and address the concerns of the theatre owners so that the film continues", two-time National award-winning writer and film producer, Dhananjayan Govind, said. "We welcome it", Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association President Abhirami Ramanathan told the media.

"They sought withdrawal (of local body tax)".

Mumbai: While the implementation of GST has affected multiple sectors across consumer strata, the entertainment industry has been bearing the brunt as well, with a staggering 30% taxation forced onto it.

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan said the industry would speak with "one voice" on the decision.

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