Vijay had met Narendra Modi during the Lok Sabha election campaigns in Coimbatore earlier this year. This meeting had drawn the attention of film and political fraternities. Many assumed that the Illayathalapathy would ask favours from Modi if he becomes the Prime Minister. Well, the actor has knocked the doors of the BJP leader not for personal gains but to voice his concerns over an issue, which is affecting entire Indian film industries.
The actor has written a letter to the Prime Minister requesting him to scrap service tax on films. Vijay has tried to explain how it is affecting the film fraternity. The actor has said that the service tax imposed by the government puts additonal burden on the producer and many aspirant people, who want to come to film industry, is now thinking twice before entering film industry.
The service tax generates good revenue for the government. It falls in List 2 of the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India and exclusively reserved as a revenue source for the state governments. Hence, taxes vary from state to state. In Tamil Nadu, movies get tax exemption of 30% if only it gets 'U' certificate from the Regional Censor Board.