It is a gloomy time since yesterday for theatre owners as well as film aficionados across Tamil Nadu as theatres in the state have remained shut after the Tamil film industry had taken to proceed with its strike against the double taxation.
Veteran actor Kamal Haasan, who has been voicing strongly since the beginning of the issue has now issued a statement on the ongoing strike saying, "Our neighboring states like Kerala have totally desisted from levying any more state-tax on cinema over and above GST. Karnataka has gone even further to facilitate the well-being of the film Industry. Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are also doing their best for their film industries. Bihar used to be the nation’s whipping boy when it came to corruption. Now, Tamil Nadu has left Bihar leagues behind. It is only the Tamil Nadu government that has brought the tax to 30 percent, ".
He further added, "Filmmaking is deliberately being made difficult in our state. 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.Film industry is one among the many industries asphyxiated by the prevailing systemic corruption in the state. I anticipate even stronger protests soon,".
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