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Industry shall speak as one voice soon: Kamal on Tamil Nadu theatre strike


IANS

Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Monday said Tamil filmdom will speak with "one voice" on the ongoing cinema theatres shutdown in the state following the government's decision to levy 30% entertainment tax over the newly implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST).

The GST came into effect from July 1.

Speaking at the launch of a dubbing studio here on Monday, Kamal told the media: "The entire industry is gathering together and we shall speak as one voice soon."

Theatres across Tamil Nadu have been shutdown from Monday in protest against the double taxation.

On 30 June, Abirami Ramanathan, president of the Tamil Nadu Film Chamber of Commerce, said the government should fall in line with the other southern states' tax slab.

While a Rs100 ticket in the neighbouring states (Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Karnataka) would cost Rs118 post-GST, it would cost Rs148 in Tamil Nadu, thanks to the government's additional 30% state tax on the ticket.