Tamil Nadu Government refuses tax exemption for ‘Thalaivaa’

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Saturday, Aug 10, 2013

Tamil Nadu Government refuses tax exemption for ‘Thalaivaa’

Tamil Nadu Government has announced that entertainment tax exemption cannot be given to movie ‘Thalaivaa’, since the movie has excessive violence, occurrence of English words in Tamil dialogues, and scenes - dialogues which would disturb women and children. 

Movie ‘Thalaivaa’ pairing up Vijay and Amala Paul has not hit screens in Tamil Nadu alone.  Also, the movie’s release in Tamil Nadu has been indefinitely postponed.  But, the movie has hit screens in other Indian states and in places abroad. 

In a development, the Censor Board gave ‘U’ certification to movie ‘Thalaivaa’. A request was forwarded to provide tax exemption to the movie. The movie was screened to commercial taxes department review committee officials.

For a movie to receive tax exemption, the movie needs to have a Tamil title.  Also, there are certain other conditions.  After viewing the movie, the commercial taxes department review committee officials have said that the movie is not eligible for tax exemption. 

The committee members objected to few scenes and dialogues by Vijay in the movie.  About 7 members of the committee have viewed the movie. 

The committee members said that although the movie has received ‘U’ certification, there is occurrence of English words in dialogues in the movie, and there is excessive violence which would mentally disturb women and children.  So, the movie is not eligible for tax exemption, said the officials. 

After reviewing the opinion by committee officials, Tamil Nadu Government said that movie ‘Thalaivaa’ cannot be provided entertainment tax exemption.

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