The Tamil film industry is preparing to stand in solidarity for what they believe in. Superstars like Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have called out the government for failing the film industry. As theatres across Tamil Nadu remained shut for the third day in a row on Wednesday over double taxation, megastar Rajinikanth urged the government to consider the plea. He said in a tweet that, "Keeping in mind the livelihood of Lakhs of people in the tamil film industry, I sincerely request the TN GOVT to seriously consider our plea." The tweet, as of now, has more than five thousand retweets. Later Kamal took to Twitter to thank Thalaiva for his gesture and extend his support to the protest. He wrote, "Thanks Rajni avaragaLay for voicing your concern. Lets request first as gentlemen should. Then we shall see." The fact that Rajini sir took time to tweet about the matter, holds extreme importance. The icon has only tweeted 67 times since 2014, when he joined the micro-blogging site. And the tweet about GST is one of those rare tweets.
For the uninitiated, you should know that besides the local tax, a GST of 18 per cent has been fixed for tickets priced below Rs 100 and 28 per cent for those above Rs 100 by the government. Abirami Ramanathan, President of Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce, said a positive outcome can be expected soon from the ongoing protest. Ramanathan said: "The government has listened to all our demands. We are hopeful of a positive outcome. Theatres should operate from tomorrow or Friday." Also Read: 20 crore loss! That's how much theaters owners are losing per day due to the strike, courtesy GST
Kamal had also pointed out that neighbouring southern states have not levied additional tax on cinema over and above the GST. "In Kerala, the film industry requested Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and he, through his Finance Minister, quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying any more taxes on the already beleaguered film business," he said.
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