Members of the Tamil film industry is on one-day hunger strike
today (January 7) to protest against the service tax levied by the
centre. Film and television shooting will not take place on the day
and theatres will remain shut between 8 am and 5 pm, industry
The central government's decision to impose 12.3% service tax on
entertainment industry has made the film fraternity to call for a
bandh. Besides actors, directors and producers, distributors
technicians and theatre owners are also taking part in the strike.
It has also been opposed by Bollywood and Sandalwood.
SA Chandrasekar and S Thanu, the President and treasury
(respectively) of the Tamil Film Producers' Council (TFPC), Sarath
Kumar and Radharavi, FEFSI's G Siva along with superstar
Rajnikanth, Vijay, Surya, Karthi, Vivek, Sundar C, Vimal, SJ Surya,
Vikram Prabhu, Ameer, Sripriya, RB Choudhary and many others are
part of the event. However, Kamal Hassan is not present, as the
actor is completely busy with the promotions of his forthcoming