Kamal Haasan: Requested GST rate reduction

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Wednesday, Jun 07, 2017

Kamal Haasan: Requested GST rate reduction

A couple of days after Kamal Haasan said that he would have no option but to quit cinema if 28 per cent GST is implemented on cinema industry, the actor on Monday clarified his statement.The Vishwaroopam actor tweeted, 'that not pressurizing.

It's a plea & SOS from regional cinema to our FM We fear it will collapse. We request the council to do all to save it'.Interestingly Kamal Haasan's tweet comes in the wake of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's statement that the Central Government will look everyone’s representation but using media to pressurize us will not work.

It may be recalled that Kamal Haasan on Friday said, 'Apart from the 28 per cent (of taxes under the GST), we will be paying the income tax. Just see where you (Government) are taking us (film industry),'

he said adding most of the people cannot afford to pay this kind of tax.Stating that the cinema is the most versatile art form, Kamal Haasan said, 'This is an art form. We have had a Bharat Rathna (the late MG Ramachandran) from this industry.

So does it sound like a sinful industry?''The total hegemony of American cinema was shifting of cinema from Europe.

Most of the culture iconic genres, art forms all go from Europe from the best directors who have reigned supreme in Hollywood, has been from Europe,' he said.

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