There’s good news for filmmaker Aanand L Rai’s latest production Nil Battey Sannata. On the day of its release, the film has been declared tax-free in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The social drama stars Swara Bhaskar, Ratna Pathak, Pankaj Tripathi and Ria.
“After watching the poignant story of a mother and her daughter, Delhi and UP state authorities praised the movie for being an entertainer and socially relevant to our time and unanimously decided to make the film tax-free so that such heartwarming and inspiring stories can reach to maximum people,” the makers said in a statement.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav made the announcement on Twitter.
“Touched by the story of Nil Battey Sannata, which was filmed in Agra. We have made the film tax free in UP,” Yadav wrote.
Touched by the story of Nil Battey Sannata, which was filmed in Agra. We have made the film tax free in UP. pic.twitter.com/O658rXIuqx— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) April 21, 2016
Rai said he is grateful to Delhi and UP government for making Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari-directed Nil Battey Sannata tax- free. “It’s a heartwarming story that promises to both entertain and educate. Hopefully, such encouraging support will inspire more filmmakers to come up with stories like Nil Battey Sannata,” Rai said in a statement.
Swara added, “I’m very grateful and excited with this news, that two state governments found the film worthy of being tax-free on day one, which is very rare, adds a lot of credibility to our film.”