Actor Kamal Haasan, who addressed the media at a recent press meet, is clearly not happy with the way the GST (Goods and Services tax) rates have been set for the Tamil film industry. The actor expressed his dissatisfaction with regard to this whopping high GST percentage, which has been proposed to be as high as 28 percent. At the press meet, Kamal Haasan said:
“It is very clear that if the GST is as high as 28 percent, it is going to ruin the regional film industry. I really think 12 percent was ideal and my kindest request to consider bringing it down. I will quit cinema if these extremely high GST rates are not removed by the government.
It has to be noted that we are Kollywood and they cannot charge us at Hollywood standards. This 28 percent is not healthy for the growth of Tamil cinema which might perish at this rate. Cinema is not like gambling, it is an art. So I request the government to look into this issue and reduce the GST.”