Tamil Nadu says no to movies from Monday.
Tamilnadu theater Association has announced a mass shutdown of theaters from Monday.As they protest over the addition of local body taxes to their existing tax rates, Close to 800 theaters will not be screening films.
Tamil Nadu film fraternity had already opposed the GST ever since it was announced by the government. GST which is kicking on the Midnight Hour of 30th of June, where the union government has replaced the entertainment and services taxes with 28% of GST which hikes of the tickets even further than 150 rupees in multiplexes.
Panneerselvam, General Secretary, Tamil Nadu Theatre Association says,"We have announced indefinite strike from Monday because the local body has added 30 percent municipal tax which will make the total tax to come up with 60 percent." He adds saying "About 800 theaters are part of the association and we will all be shut from Monday till the local body does not take back this government order."
This could be a major setback for films which are releasing this week or have released the earlier week. The hike in prices shuts down a regular audiences' interest in watching a film at the theater.
"The release of all the films will be postponed and the films which released this Friday will not be running from Monday onwards," the General Secretary told TNM. He further pointed out that states like Kerala and Telangana had refrained from charging additional taxes and demanded that the Tamil Nadu Government do the same.