The Tamil film industry seems to be going through a very rough phase in the last few months after the GST was rolled out by the government. The local municipal bodies decided to levy additional entertainment tax over and above the 18-28% GST that is levied on the tickets. This has put the film industry in troubled phase since the ticket prices will shoot up after these taxes are levied and the distributors might not be making profits out of it. The Tamil Film Producers’ Council, countering the government’s move, announced that no films will be released till the Entertainment Tax is rolled back and films like Dulquer Salmaan’s Solo had to be pulled out of theatres on the second day itself.
The latest round of talks between the government officials and the producers’ council don’t seem to be fruitful with the council members deciding to continue with the strike. Besides all these, The Multiplex Association of India (MAI) in Chennai are on a strike protesting the rise in taxes on cinema tickets. The Producers’ Guild of India, head by popular Bollywood producer Siddharth Roy Kapoor, has also extended their support to the strike and have said it’s not fare to levy these taxes over and above the GST. All these seem to be adding to the woes of Tamil film producers and distributors despite their efforts to get the entertainment tax waived off.
Actor Vishal, President of Tamil Film Producers’ Council, has now said that he would meet the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Edappadi K. Palaniswami and discuss this issue to get it resolved soon. With big films like Vijay’s MERSAL lined up for Diwali release, the producers, distributors and exhibitors will hope the battle with the government will soon come to an end.