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Bollywood strike on February 23 called off
The Bollywood strike on February 23 to protest against the imposition of a service tax on the film industry has been called off after a meeting with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, industry officials said Tuesday. “This strike has been called off. We had a meeting with the finance minister and he has asked us to wait till the budget,” producer Ratan Jain said. “He understood our problem and we decided not to go for a strike till March 16 until the budget comes out. So, all the multiplexes and Bollywood will continue to move on without any strike on February 23,” he added.
Film & Television Producers Guild of India vice-president Mukesh Bhatt also said that after the positive meeting with the finance minister, they have decided to remain patient till the budget. “His hands are tied right now and I will respect that. I am glad about the fact that he heard our plea patiently and has asked us to wait till the budget,” he said, adding they will wait till March 16 and then take a decision on their future course of action. The industry seems to be relieved with this decision.Click here to read more
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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