The much-awaited Tamil film Vikram Vedha starring R Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi was set to hit the cinemas today. However, the makers have been forced to postpone the film indefinitely owing to the increased entertainment tax. Apart from the compulsory Goods and Service tax (GST) introduced on July 1st, the Tamil Nadu government has also levied a 30% entertainment tax, taking the tax amount to an enormous 58%.
The strike got called off yesterday, a day before the release, but no new release date has been announced yet.
S Sashikanth of Y NOT Studios, the production house bankrolling Vikram Vedha, slammed the Tamil Nadu government for “plundering” the film industry. In a letter, he urged the Kollywood industry to raise their voice against the “systemic plunder” by the government.
“This government simply want to hold the industry and the producers at ransom, so they can extract their pound of flesh as bribes on the pretext of giving tax exemption, at the time of release,” he wrote.
Even superstar Rajinikanth requested the government to reverse its decision. “Keeping in mind the livelihood of Lakhs of people in the tamil film industry, I sincerely request the TN GOVT to seriously consider our plea”, he tweeted.
Vikram Vedha is an upcoming Indian Tamil neo noir action crime thriller film written and directed by Pushkar and Gayathri featuring R. Madhavan and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles. Shraddha Srinath, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Kathir play supporting roles. Produced by Sashikanth, The original songs and background score were composed by Sam C S. The soundtrack has four original songs and 6 bits that form the score of the film.
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