The Kashmir Files now tax-free in Uttar Pradesh, announces Yogi Adityanath
Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday joined other BJP ruled states in making the film 'The Kashmir Files' tax-free. "In Uttar Pradesh, The Kashmir Files film has been made tax-free," Yogi Adityanath, who last week won a second term as chief minister in the 2022 UP Assembly polls, tweeted. Several other BJP-ruled states have made the Vivek Agnihotri-directed movie tax-free, including Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, and Haryana.
In Maharashtra - where the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP's Maha Vikas Aghadi alliance is in power - the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded the Uddhav Thackeray government also waive tax on the movie.
While BJP MLA Mangal Prabhat Lodha raised this issue in the legislative assembly on Monday, BJP MLA Nitesh Rane wrote to chief minister Uddhav Thackeray. BJP MLA Ram Kadam said if the movie isn't made tax-free in the state, then all Hindus will protest on the streets.
BJP leader and former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje has also urged the Ashok Gehlot government in the Congress-ruled state to make the film tax-free.
The film, which is at the center of a growing controversy, is based on mass killings and the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s. The movie has so far generated ₹42.20 crores at the box office within just four days of its release. The film has been written and directed by Vivek Agnihotri, starring Anupam Kher, Mithun Chakraborty, Pallavi Joshi, Darshan Kumaar.