Release of 11 movies deferred as TN film body launches indefinite strike
TN Film Producers’ Council president Vishal has said that entertainment tax over and above the GST will cause untold misery to the film industry.tamil nadu Updated: Oct 06, 2017 16:52 IST
Filmmakers deferred the release of 11 movies as the Tamil Nadu Film Producers’ Council launched an indefinite strike to protest double taxation – 10% local body tax imposed by the state government in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) – on Friday.
A council source said no Tamil film was released on Friday, and almost all movie halls remained shut. A delegation of the council also reached the secretariat for a meeting with chief minister Edapaddi Palanisami.
Although the film fraternity struck work as per the announcement of actor Vishal, also the council president and Nadigar Sangham general secretary, shooting of movies continued. Vishal has said that entertainment tax over and above the GST will cause untold misery to the film industry.
The strike is being spearheaded by movie producers, distributors and exhibitors. According to the TN Film Producers’ Council, over 1,000 movie halls across Tamil Nadu remained shut on Friday as part of the agitation.
Sources said none of the 11 movies were big ticket releases, most of which await a grand Diwali opening.