The reduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the Narendra Modi government on a number of items was a great relief not only to the common man, but it appears to the film stars too. Celebrities like Aamir Khan, Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar and Ajay Devgn hailed the move, as movie tickets costing more that Rs 100 have been brought down from 28 to 18 per cent, and those up to Rs 100 have been brought down to 12 per cent. The decision they said will benefit not only the industry but the audience too. Also Read - After PM Modi's Request to Keep Kumbh Mela 'Symbolic', Juna Akhada Calls Off Celebrations
The decision on the movie tickets comes days after a meeting of members representing the Indian film industry with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss issues plaguing the business. Akshay had taken to his Twitter page to thank PM Modi for meeting with them, and when the decision was made, he posted another tweet hailing the move to reduce GST for movie tickets. Also Read - Karan Johar Unfollows Kartik Aaryan on Instagram After Dostana 2 'Recasting', Actor Still Follows Him
Aamir too had taken to his Twitter page to thank the Government of India for considering the request of the film industry.
Ajay Devgn also hailed the government on its decision to reduce GST on movie tickets, saying the voice of the film industry was finally heard.
Apart from the stars, the Producers Guild of India too had hailed the decision of the government to reduce GST on cinema tickets as a “progressive step” which will help the industry “move forward positively”.
“This will help the industry move forward positively with increased investments in both exhibition infrastructure and creative development, enabling even better cinema and greater screen density across the country. We look forward to continuing to engage with the government on initiatives that will help to unleash the full potential of the film industry,” Siddharth Roy Kapur, president of Producers Guild of India said in a statement.
“The Film Industry truly appreciates the continued endeavours of the GST Council, The Central and State Governments towards resolving issues faced by the stakeholders in the smooth functioning of GST,” the statement further read.
At the GST Council Meeting on Saturday, it was decided that the rates of 33 items would be brought down.