New Delhi [India], Dec 22 (ANI): Bollywood actors and producers lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the reduction of GST rates on movie tickets after the 31st Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting.
The reduction was announced by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, drawing praises from the Hindi film fraternity.
Jaitley said that the GST rates on movie tickets up to Rs 100 have been brought down to 12 per cent and above Rs 100 have been brought down to 18 per cent from 28 per cent. The new GST rates will be effective from January 1, 2019.
Taking to Twitter, director Karan Johar, actors Anupam Kher, Ajay Devgn and film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh praised the Prime Minister for the decision.
Talking about the same, Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification Prasoon Joshi said, "It’s a significant decision after the fruitful interaction of industry representatives with PM. It was reassuring that PM addressed important issues and challenges faced by the industry and took prompt action."
Here's what they wrote:
Anupam Kher: Superb news for #IndianFilmIndustry. Cinema tickets upto Rs. 100 which were under 18% GST slab is brought down to 12% slab. Tickets above Rs. 100 were under the 28% slab. These tickets will now be under 18% slab. Thank you PM @narendramodi & officials for this great decision.
Karan Johar: Would like to thank our Prime Minister @narendramodi for the swift action on the GST rate on movie tickets....Great news at the year end! Thank you sir for your proactivity and support.....
Ajay Devgn: The voice of the film industry was finally heard and immediate action taken, thanks to @narendramodi ji. For movie tickets priced below Rs. 100 the tax has been reduced from 18% to 12% now and for tickets priced above Rs. 100 the tax has been reduced from 28% to 18% now.
Taran Adarsh: Reduction in GST on cinema tickets: Producers Guild of India welcomes the decision. Would like to thank our Prime Minister @narendramodi for the swift action on the GST rate on movie tickets....Great news at the year end! Thank you sir for your proactivity and support...
Aamir Khan: Heartfelt thank you to Honorable PM & the Govt of India for considering the request of the film industry for reduction in GST. If Indian cinema hopes to compete in the world market then we need the support of the Govt & Administration.
This is a great 1st step in that direction.
Akshay Kumar: Quick action and how! Within a few days of our meeting with hon. Prime Minister @narendramodi ji, the Government addressed our concern...GST for movie tickets to be reduced. A welcome move for the industry and audiences as well.
Earlier, during PM Modi's Mumbai visit, a delegation from the film and entertainment fraternity, including Akshay Kumar, Ajay Devgan, Rakesh Roshan, Karan Johar, Siddhartha Roy Kapur and Prasoon Joshi, asked for a lower and uniform GST rates for the industry. (ANI)