Kamal Haasan on GST impact: Filmmaking has been made difficult in Tamil Nadu deliberately

Kamal Haasan reacts on the decision of Tamil Nadu government to levy 30 percent entertainment tax over and above the GST which was implemented from July 1. The star says that unlike Kerala and Karnataka, filmmaking is being deliberately made difficult in Tamil Nadu.

By: IANS | Chennai | Published:July 4, 2017 10:37 am
kamal haasan, kamal hasaan photos, kamal haasan pictures, kamal haasan pics, kamal haasan pictures Kamal Haasan says that Tamil Nadu has left Bihar leagues behind in terms of systematic corruption.

Kamal Haasan on Monday said filmmaking in Tamil Nadu has been made difficult deliberately following the government’s decision to levy 30 per cent entertainment tax over and above the newly implemented GST. The Goods and Services Tax (GST) came into effect from July 1. Reacting on the double taxation by the state, Haasan said in a statement, “Filmmaking has been made difficult deliberately. There are further tortures and systemic corruption that the film Industry has to endure under this regime.”

In Tamil Nadu, theatres were shut down on Monday in protest against the high taxation. Haasan said all factions of the industry are agitated. “I am trying my best as any sensible individual of the industry to maintain solidarity and not play into the hands of any self serving and avaricious politician,” he added.

Haasan pointed out that except Tamil Nadu, other neighbouring southern states have desisted from levying additional tax on cinema over and about GST. “In Kerala, the film industry requested the Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and he, through his Finance Minister, quickly announced that Kerala will not be levying anymore taxes on the already beleaguered film business,” he said.

“Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well being of the film Industry. Telangana and Andhra are also doing their best for their film industries,” he added. The Dasavatharam actor said Tamil Nadu has left Bihar behind in corruption. “Bihar used to be the nation’s whipping boy when it came to corruption. Now, Tamil Nadu has left Bihar leagues behind. Film industry is one among the many industries asphyxiated by the prevailing systemic corruption in the state. I anticipate even stronger protests soon,” he added.

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  1. S
    Jul 12, 2017 at 2:14 pm
    and maney laundering too
    1. H
      Jul 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm
      Tamilnadu requires a respite from filmi s and morons. If as this big moron Kamalhassan says film making has been made difficult then good. Kudos to TN Govt. A once foremost state has been run to the ground by filmi characters. All the better if Kamalhassan stops making films or stupid meaningless statements repeadlt exposing his ignorance and idiocy.
      1. P
        Jul 5, 2017 at 12:05 pm
        Extra tax is unjust. But heavens are not going to fall if no movies is made in the next 1 year. We will all be relieved not seeing muck on the screen or inane dialogues or unrecognisable foreign locales where our stars run around trees instead is in India. We will all say good riddance to bad rubbish
        1. M
          Murali Inala
          Jul 5, 2017 at 5:39 am
          Kamal hassan did your Film Field Producers, Directors, you and your Cini actors and distributors paid Incometax correctly. ?
          1. N
            Jul 4, 2017 at 10:15 pm
            One way it is good ... sick remunerations will come under control ...
            1. B
              Jul 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm
              Have they the heroes reduced their remuneration
              1. P
                poor Indian
                Jul 4, 2017 at 4:54 pm
                I meant He could settle down in a country of his choice which doesn't believe.. Hinduism and Hindu Gods
                1. P
                  poor Indian
                  Jul 4, 2017 at 4:50 pm
                  He is always ready to leave India.y can't he shoot abroad and settle down in a country of his choice they don't believe in Hinduism and Hindu Gods
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