Uttar Pradesh government makes The Kashmir Files tax exempt
After Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka, the government of Uttar Pradesh announced the decision to zero-rate The Kashmir Files.
The Kashmir Files was released on March 11.
Uttar Pradesh has joined the list of States that have granted tax-exempt status to The Kashmir Files. The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday exempted the film from paying entertainment taxes.
Previously, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana and Karnataka granted the film tax exempt status.
The Kashmir Files by Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri open to a massive box office opening when it releases this Friday. Directed by Anupam Kher, the film shines a light on the atrocities committed against Kashmiri Pandits in the 1990s when they were killed, persecuted and forced from their homes overnight.
The film which depicts the brutalities endured by Kashmiri pundits has received a massive push from the Center and the States. He also got the a nod from the prime minister when the makers met him on Saturday.
Several lawmakers also pushed for the film to be tax-exempt during Monday’s budget session.
In the Lok Sabha, the BJP demanded that the film be exempted from entertainment tax. Participating in the Jammu and Kashmir budget debate at Lok Sabha, BJP member Jamyang Tsering Namgyal said the film exposed the bitter truth and therefore should be exempted from entertainment tax. Sunil Kumar Pintu, a member of Janata Dal (United), also demanded that the film be tax-free, saying the film reveals the plight of Kashmiri pundits.
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