By: Settu Shankar
Friday, June 08, 2007
Shivaji, much-hyped and big-budgeted film is all set to hit the screens worldwide on June 15. The Film has already reached many new highs and the entire film world is waiting for its release with bated breath. To add one more specialty to its tag, Shivaji has got tax exemption from Kerala Government. Shivaji is the only Tamil film which has got the exemption from a state other than Tamil Nadu.
The Kerala High Court has ordered for 10 percent Tax exemption for this movie in Kerala. There is an entertainment tax regulation for the screening of other language films in Kerala. The Govt levied 35 percent tax in metros, 30 percent in municipalities, 25 percent in rural areas as entertainment tax for other language films including English from the year 2004.
The Malayalam Film Industry only enjoys 10 percent Tax exemption for these 3 years. Jhony, the Kerala distributor for Shivaji has filed a case against the partiality prevailing in the tax system last week. He urged the Court to relax the tax for other language films including his forth coming Tamil release Shivaji. After going through the case, The Judge ordered the Kerala Government to relax 10 percent on entertainment tax to other language films including Shivaji. It is also said that the film has got green signal from some pro Kannada activists for release in Karnataka also.
This film starring superstar Rajinikanth and Shreya Saran has many prides to its credit. For the very first time, it will be released in more than 35 centers (Tamil and Telugu versions) in USA alone. Film pundits say that the figure is more or less equal to the release of a Hollywood film.