Theatres in Tamilnadu to remain closed

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Theatres in Tamilnadu to remain closed: All the Theatres in the Tamilnadu have remained closed since Monday. On Thursday, the shutdown has reached to the 4th Consecutive day. As per the Entertainment Analysis, the Industry faces a loss of Rs 15 Crore.

 Theatres in Tamilnadu to remain closed

More than 1,000 Theatres in the Tamilnadu have been closed from Monday to protest against the increased tax which came after GST was implemented from July 1st. However, Tamilnadu is one and only state which charges 30% tax in addition to GST. Due to GST, all the Tickets under Rs 100 will be charged 18% GST and Tickets above Rs 100 will be charged 28% GST in addition to the Entertainment Tax.

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Theatres in Tamilnadu to remain closed

The main reason behind strike of Tamil Nadu Theatres Association is that the local body wants to impose 30% Tax in addition to GST, which totally add up to 58% Tax on all the tickets above Rs 100.

Abirami Ramanathan, President of the Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners Federation said, “We heard that officials in the government had a third round of talks to discuss how to deal with this issue. We are hopeful that we will get a call from them Thursday morning”.

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All the members of the Tamil Film Producers Council, South Indian Artists Association along with Theatre owners and distributors met the Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday. As the meeting didn’t come out with any solution, they decided to continue with their protest.

The topic was also raised in the ongoing Assembly session yesterday along with other opposition parties such as DMK and Congress. Municipal Administration Minister S P Velumani said that the government will look at the matter and will provide a solution to the members.

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All the members of the Association also met Finance Minister D Jayakumar. He agreed with the members and said that the issue required to have a decision at the policy level.

Superstar Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan also supported the members of Tamil Film Council.

Superstar Rajnikanth who is presently in the US for regular medical check up had requested the government to consider Film Industry request by his tweet,

“Keeping in mind the livelihood of lakhs of people in the Tamil film industry, I sincerely request the Tamil Nadu government to seriously consider our plea”

Kamal Hassan responded to the tweet positively by saying,

“Thanks Rajini avargalay for voicing your concern. Let’s request first as gentlemen should. Then we shall see. @superstarrajini & TN Govt”.

Thus, Theatres in Tamilnadu to remain closed until the decision is being made by the Government.

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