Tamil Nadu has been a hub of regional cinema for a long time. Other than dedicated fans, the lax tax system of the state also helped nurture the industry.
But now it seems that the golden days of Tamil cinema are over. As the state has decided to impose an extra 30% tax on movie tickets.
This is in addition to the already controversial 28% GST charges that the center has applied on the movie industry. Add those two up and the prices of enjoying movies goes really high really fast.
Angered over this move, over 1000 cinemas shut down in protest against the tax. They are threatening to make this an indefinite strike if the government doesn’t go back on the decision.
This shutdown has already cost the state over 20 Crores in losses. Even the actors have started calling out higher officials against this move.
Superstar Rajinikanth himself requested the Tamil Nadu government to reconsider its decision. He tweeted, “Keeping in mind the livelihood of lakhs of people in the Tamil film industry, I sincerely request the TN GOVT to seriously consider our plea”.
When asked what he thinks about what happened, actor Kamal Haasan said, “Film making in the state has been made difficult deliberately. There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film industry has to endure under this regime.”
As you can see, this tax has already disrupted almost every aspect of the Tamil Nadu Film Industry. What do you think will happen next? Tell us in the comments.