Full List of States Where Vivek Agnihotri Management Has Been Tax Exempt
Filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri’s latest film ‘The Kashmir Files’ based on the story of the exodus of the Kashmiri Pandits had a phenomenal jump at the box office as it managed to rake in Rs 27.15 crore in only three days since its release. The film, which stars actors Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi, has been granted tax exemption in several states.
Here is a full list of states where “The Kashmir Files” has been zero-rated:
The Gujarat government decided on Sunday to make “The Kashmir Files” tax-exempt in the state. The decision to grant tax exempt status to the film, which was released on March 11, was taken by Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel, a tweet from the CMO informed. The director was quick to respond to Gujarat Chief Minister’s Twitter announcement. “Honourable Gujarat CM, thank you very much. This will help the common people of Gujarat to see the greatest tragedy of independent India.”
2. Madhya Pradesh
The Madhya Pradesh government also on Sunday decided to exempt ‘The Kashmir Files’ from paying entertainment tax in the state, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said. “#TheKashmirFiles film is a heartbreaking narration of the pain, suffering, struggle and trauma faced by Hindus in Kashmir in the 90s,” Chouhan wrote on his Twitter account. “It needs to be watched by as many people as possible that’s why we have decided to make it tax free in the state of Madhya Pradesh,” he said.
On Sunday, the Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai, announced that the film will be exempt from tax in Karnataka. “Congratulations to @vivekagnihotri for #TheKashmirFiles, a bloody, poignant and honest account of the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from their homeland. To show our support for the film and encourage our people to watch it, we will be returning the tax about the movie -free in Karnataka,” Bommai tweeted.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar watched the film at a theater in Panchkula on Sunday with Haryana Assembly Speaker Gian Chand Gupta. ‘The Kashmir Files’ is a vivid and touching portrayal of the human tragedy that took place in the Kashmir Valley in 1990,” Khattar tweeted in Hindi on Sunday evening after watching the film. He also said the government of ‘Haryana had made the film tax-free “so that our current generation will also see and understand this vibrant film”.
Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday that the film would be declared tax exempt in the coastal state. On Sunday, he backed the film and said it would continue to screen in the state with as many shows as possible. Sawant in a post on Twitter on Sunday evening said: “The gripping story of the pain, struggle and suffering of the Kashmiri Hindus must be understood by all so that we make sure that such a story does not happen. not repeat. I have spoken to the management of INOX and the film will continue to be screened with the maximum number of broadcasts possible.”
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb announced on Monday that the state government would make the screening of Bollywood film ‘The Kashmir Files’ directed by Vivek Agnihotri tax exempt. Deb said in a tweet: “‘The Kashmir Files’ directed by Vivek Agnihotri depicts the heartbreaking struggle and trauma faced by Hindus in Kashmir. To support his film and encourage people in the state to watch it, the government of Tripura has decided to make it tax exempt in the state.”
Earlier today, Acting Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Pushkar Singh Dhami, announced that he had directed the Chief Secretary to take the necessary steps to ensure that the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is free of state tax.
Meanwhile, politicians from other states including Maharashtra, Bihar and Rajasthan are also calling on their respective governments to make the film tax free.
Rajasthan Congressman Bhanwar Lal Sharma said on Monday that the state government should make the film tax-free in the state and he would write a letter to the chief minister to that effect. “The government should make The Kashmir Files movie tax exempt in the state. I will write a letter to the chief minister about this,” he said.
Former Chief Minister of Rajasthan and leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Vasundhra Raje Scindia, also urged the state government on Monday to make “The Kashmir Files” film tax-free in the state. Taking to Twitter, she said, “The Kashmir Files movie based on past situations and real events in Jammu and Kashmir, has been zero-rated in many states including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat. I request the state government to make this films duty free in Rajasthan as well.”
Bihar BJP MP Sanjay Saraogi on Monday called for the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ to be tax exempt in the state. Saraogi raised the request inside the House, while it was in session, and repeated the same afterwards, speaking to reporters. “It is an important film about the plight of the Kashmiri Pandits, who have suffered the most because of the insurgency in Kashmir. Many states have granted tax exemptions,” Saraogi said.
BJP MP Nitesh Rane has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray demanding that ‘The Kashmir Files’ be exempted from entertainment tax in the state. Rane said in his letter sent on Saturday that the tax relief will allow people to see for the first time the “correct and true portrayal of the atrocities inflicted by Muslim terrorists on the Hindu community” in Jammu and Kashmir. “The film ‘The Kashmir Files’, which depicts Hindu victims of Muslim terrorism, should be declared tax exempt in the state,” Rane said in the letter written in Marathi.
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Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2022, 9:23 AM IST