Faced With 30% Tax On Top Of GST TN Theatres Go On Strike

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| July 3 , 2017 , 15:04 IST

One thousand theatres from Monday will go on strike in Tamil Nadu as theatre owners are protesting against the state's imposition of 30% tax on top of 28% of GST on film trade.

Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners Federation president Abirami Ramanathan on Sunday evening announced that cinema hall owners would proceed with the strike - to the agony of the producers of recently-released films.

Tamil Films Producers Council president Vishal, batting for the producers affected, on Sunday asked the theatre owners to call off the strike or at least to defer it by a week.

'Ivan Thanthiran' director R Kannan posted a message on Saturday that his film, which hit the theatres on Friday, will suffer a major loss if theatre owners go on strike from Monday. "They announced the strike without prior notice," Kannan said. "How will I pay back loans I took to make this film?"

"We have heard the pleas of the affected producers," Ramanathan said. "We will discuss what needs to be done."

He said the decision to announce the strike had to be taken suddenly as the theatre owners were kept in the dark about the double taxation until 5 pm on Friday.

"A government order was passed on Friday, declaring that in addition to GST, the state will levy 30% entertainment tax which will be collected by local bodies," Ramanathan said.