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 sources said.
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 film Vishwaroopam.