Kamal Haasan hits back at Arun Jaitley

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Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan on Monday said he is not pressurizing the government but has made a plea on behalf of regional cinema to reduce the Goods and Service Tax rate which is currently pegged at the highest 28 percent.

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had asked celebrities not to use media to pressurize the government to lower film industry’s 28% tax slab under GST. Arun Jaitley said, “Using the media as propaganda to pressurize the government is not going to work.”

“Not pressurizing. It’s a plea and SOS from regional cinema to our FM. We fear it will collapse. We request the council to do all to save it,” tweeted Haasan, who had to interact with reporters here last week, urged the Finance Minister to reduce the GST rate to 12-15 per cent.

The ‘Vishwaroopam’ actor welcomed the GST regime but said the 28 per cent tax will ruin regional cinema. Kamal had said that regional cinema shouldn’t be kept on the same slab as Hindi and Hollywood films. The actor also added that if the new tax system is unaffordable, he has no other go but to quit cinema.

“At the present rate, I can’t afford the tax and I’ll be forced to quit. We should remember this is not East India Company,” he had said, adding that Hollywood, Bollywood and regional cinema can’t be put on the same slab.”Film tickets across industries can’t be fixed like essential services,” he said.

“Film tickets across industries can’t be fixed like essential services,” he said.

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