At least 10 Tamil films released in the last two weeks in the state will be affected by this indefinite strike. More than 1,000 movie theaters in Tamil Nadu will remain closed Monday after the owners of the halls have decided to continue their indefinite stop, called to protest against the lack of clarity in tax rates. Up to 10 Tamil films released in the last two weeks in the state will be affected by the strike, according to The Times of India.
Association of property owners and Tamil Nadu theatrical distributors canceled for lack of clarity on the price of tickets after the application of the tax on goods and services on Friday afternoon. Under the new tax regime, movie tickets above Rs 100 will be lower than the 28% tax slab. However, an ordinance recently approved by the Tamil Nadu government, the owners of rooms must pay a 30% entertainment tax to the local entity.
Actor Vishal, who is chairman of the Tamil Film Producers Council, said on Saturday that the films and those awaiting his release will be “severely affected” by the newly released strike theaters. “While we understand that the GST will have a huge impact on the industry, we hope the Council was consulted before making a decision like this. This will hurt producers,” he said.
R Kannan, director Ivan Thanthiran who published on June 30 said the ban would be “killing” his film. “I asked for money and the product Ivan Thanthiran.How will I pay [loan] if the theaters are closed?” He said, speaking to IANS on Sunday “It’s like killing a newborn.”
Tamil Nadu Finance Minister D Jayakumar held a meeting on Saturday with the owners of halls and said that the head of government Edappadi Palaniswami quickly dismissed the imposition or elimination of the additional 30% tax.
The president of the Tamil Nadu Chamberlain and Dealers Association, Abhirami Ramanathan, had already stated that the 66% total tax rate was “unsustainable” for movie owners.