After the Goods and Services Tax (GST) was brought into implementation, it has received a mixed response from the common man of India. Business establishments and industries too have had mixed opinions about GST but feel that on a long run, it would be beneficial for everyone. One industry that has spoken about GST the most if the film industry across most of the states in India.
While many state governments have either waived off their share completely or partially to support the growth of film industries in their states, Tamil Nadu government, on the contrary, has imposed an additional tax of entertainment tax of 30% over and above the 18-28% of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Prominent film personalities including actor-producer Vishal, director Shankar and lyricist Madhan Karky among others have been strongly opposing this state driven tax on the film business. One celebrity who has been talking about this since the inception of the idea of Goods and Services Tax (GST) is Kamal Haasan.
The actor-filmmaker had strongly come down on the state and central governments regarding the new tax structure and had said that he might have to think of quitting the film business if the new structure in implemented.
“Neighbouring states like Kerala have totally desisted from levying anymore state tax on Cinema over and above GST. The film industry requested the CM of Kerala Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan and he through his Finance minister quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying anymore taxes on the already beleaguered film business,” said Kamal Haasan post the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).
Kamal Haasan came down heavily on the Tamil Nadu government and said, “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. It is only Tamil Nadu Govt. That has brought it to 30%. Film making in this State has been made difficult deliberately. There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film Industry has to endure under this regime. All factions of the Industry are agitated. I am trying my best as any sensible individual of the industry to maintain solidarity and not play into the hands of any self-serving and avaricious politician.”
Kamal Haasan also said that corruption has eaten into the state government and added, “Before Bihar used to be the Nation’s whipping boy when it came to corruption. Now TN has left Bihar leagues behind. Film Industry is one among the many Industries asphyxiated by the prevailing systemic corruption in the State. I anticipate even stronger protests soon.“