Rajinikanth has requested the state government to help the Tamil Nadu film industry in the GST row. Photograph: (DNA)
Even as nearly 1,000 cinema halls in Tamil Nadu continue to protest the imposition of a 30 per cent local body tax along with an additional levy under the new Goods and Services Tax regime, superstar Rajinikanth has spoken in favour of the Tamil film industry.
The double taxation row in the present GST framework has upset the Tamil film industry which fears it will hit the moviegoers in the state which would result in a fall in box revenues over the long term.
South India's biggest movie star Rajinikanth in a tweet said, "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."
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— Rajinikanth (@superstarrajini) July 4, 2017
The Tamil government is yet to react officially to Rajinikanth's message who is currently in the US.
The Tamil Nadu government had pegged ticket prices for single-screen halls at Rs 50 and for multiplexes at Rs 120.
The GST council has fixed tax rates for movie tickets at 18 per cent for those priced at less than Rs 100 and 28 per cent for those costing over Rs 100, however, it is the double taxation in the form of an additional tax of eight per cent under GST which has upset the Tamil film industry.
The Tamil film industry sustains nearly 10 lakh people who are dependent on the film industry to make a living.