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Why are Kollywood’s leading stars silent over tax blues in Tamil Nadu?

Barring Kamal Haasan, no other prominent name from the Tamil film industry has issued any statement over the issue of local tax, to be introduced by Tamil Nadu government.

regional movies Updated: Jul 04, 2017 11:59 IST
Sandeep Acharya
Sandeep Acharya
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Kollywood,Tamil Nadu,Kollywood local tax
Kamal Haasan issued a statement in which he said that filmmaking in Tamil Nadu has been made difficult deliberately.(UNI)

Tamil film industry is in total disarray following the Tamil Nadu government’s announcement to levy 30% of entertainment tax over and above the newly implemented GST rate of 28% . On Monday, Kollywood came to a standstill as the Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce decided to shut down theatres across in protest over double taxation. What has been surprising is that none of the top stars of the industry have voiced their opinion on the ongoing issue, even while several filmmakers and theatre owners have expressed stiff opposition and unhappiness over the chamber’s decision to shut down cinema halls.

During the Jallikattu row, stars such as Vijay, Suriya and Nayanthara participated in the protest, assuring people that they are behind them. However, it’s unfortunate that the same people haven’t even issued a statement in the form of their support with regards to the ongoing tax situation in the state. It only proves their lack of commitment to the industry. On late Monday evening, actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan issued a statement, in which he said that filmmaking in Tamil Nadu has been made difficult deliberately. He went on to add that except Tamil Nadu, other neighbouring southern states have desisted from levying additional tax on cinema over and about GST. “In Kerala, the film industry requested the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and he, through his finance minister, quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying anymore taxes on the already beleaguered film business. Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well being of the film Industry. Telangana and Andhra are also doing their best for their film industries.”

The industry is hopeful that superstar Rajinikanth, who is currently on a medical trip to US, will react on the high taxation at the earliest. On Monday, key members from Kollywood met Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi Palaniswami and shared their concern, but nothing positive came out of that meeting, sources said.

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First Published: Jul 04, 2017 11:57 IST