Bollywood calls for a strike on February 23

It seems our B-towners are not ones to protest injustice only onscreen. When it’s crunch time, they will gladly follow their onscreen claims off screen too. This month, Bollywood has decided enough is enough. The Central government’s proposal to tax an additional 10.3 percent on films made in India has not gone down well with our B-towners. They claim that this additional tax will be a heavy burden on them and increase film’s budgets exponentially. Leading filmmakers want the industry to go on a one-day strike to be held on February 23 to protest against the government’s proposal. Madhur Bhandarkar, Mahesh Bhatt and Ramesh Sippy have agreed to support the strike, while we still wait to hear from the others. While the strike has been called by the Film Federation of India, who wants to implement it on a nationwide scale, it is as yet unclear whether other film industries will participate in the strike. In November 2011, the Mollywood film industry had gone on strike for a similar reason.

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