Producers of South Indian film industries comprising of Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada are coming together on Friday to put forth their plea to the central government. According to GST rollout, theatres that have their ticket prices below 100 rupees are eligible to pay only 18% tax whereas, theatres and multiplexes whose ticket prices are more than 100 rupees are entitled to pay a whopping 28% tax. Since GST will be implemented from Saturday, the producers. In a statement, Tamil Film Producers’ Council said that they will be putting forth their third representation to the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday. The council had earlier given a couple of representations on how GST should be levied upon the film industries. They wanted the films in regional languages to be exempted from GST completely when non-regional movies could be taxed at a lower rate. However, foreign language films can be taxed at a higher GST rate than the non-regional films. The Presidents of Producers’ council also said that the GST will affect the industries which has lakhs of skilled labours in it.
“We have also highlighted the problems faced by them and have provided a solution in the representation. We hope the government hears our plea and intervenes soon," said the Presidents of the respective council. The letter was also signed by Kamal Haasan.