A lot has been happening in the Tamil film industry regarding the taxes levied on cinema tickets and the category in which films have been put in under the new GST. The Tamil Films Producers’ Council has been in a tussle with the Tamil Nadu government regarding the taxes levied on films and the battle seems to be heading nowhere at the present moment. Many filmmakers, actors and distributors have raised objection to the Entertainment Tax being levied on film tickets. The latest filmmaker to voice out his opinion about the issue is Malayalam film ‘Premam’ director Alphonse Puthren.
In a heartfelt message he posted on his Facebook page, Alphonse has requested top actors Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth to initiate talks about the issue the film industry has been facing in the recent past. “My sincere doubts to Mr. Kamal Hassan and Mr. Rajnikanth… 1) Why is Cinema included in the same GST category as gambling? 2) How is gambling and cinema equal? 3) Does cinema come out if a Dice is rolled? Or if we play triple ace or poker would a cinema be made? 4) Is the time spent for rolling a dice and shuffling a set of cards equal to the time and effort spent for cinema? You are the most respected personalities in the Tamil film Industry…I request you both to talk to the Prime minister of India Mr. Narendra Modi about this small error in budgeting. Your talks can save the entire film industry and the audience,” wrote Alphonse Puthren in his long message on his Facebook page.
Industry biggies like actor Vishal, President of Tamil Films Producers’ Council, and many others have been in discussions with government officials which seem to have not yielded anything positive for the film industry.