The entire T-town is worried about the 28 percent tax levied on cinema tickets under the GST (Goods and Service Tax) regime which is to be implemented from 1st of July. Previously the taxation on cinema tickets was just 2 percent. T-town stalwarts like Soumitra Chatterjee, Dipankar Dey, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Dev, Saswata, Rabi Kinnagi and others have raised their voice against high GST on cinema tickets.
Prosenjit said, he feels that regional film industries will suffer the most due to the increase in tax slab. Prosenjit feels a committee should be created by the Tollywood film fraternity which will look into this matter. Though he is against any sort of strike but feels that a token strike may help them get their message across to the Government of India. He thinks T-town should start communicating with other regional film industries that have been affected similarly by this tax hike.
Dev also had similar views as Prosenjit. He is also for a united resistance against this tax hike. Dev said all film industries do not make high budget movies and most of them face lot of issues in recovering their own budget. In such scenarios the Government must look into their cause sympathetically. Director Rabi Kinnagi also spoke of resisting such moves which may cause a doom for the industries future. He is worried that if producers face challenge in recovering their investment then they will not be producing movies any more. It will affect the earnings of lot of people.
As per latest reports the GST has been reduced to 18 percent by Central Government and West Bengal Government has also announced that they won’t take their share of revenue from hall tickets which helped in the reduction of taxes to 9 percent. The unity of T-town and kindness of the State Government has brought the tax to a great extent but still a jump of 7 percent is also a high number.