Press Trust Of India
February 15, 2012 22:02 IST
Theatres in Tamil Nadu will not
screen movies on February 23 to protest Centre's move to bring
the cinema industry under Service Tax ambit.
This was in keeping with a decision by the industry to
stage a nation-wide protest on that day, Tamil Nadu Cinema
Theatre Owners' Federation President Abirami Ramanathan said.
"Accordingly, shows in all theatres in Chennai and
elsewhere in the state are being cancelled," he said in a
The Film Federation of India has proposed the nation-wide
shutdown, to protest the Centre's proposal to levy a service
tax of nearly 10.3 per cent on the multi-billion industry, one
of the biggest in the world.
There are approximately 10,000 theatres in India,
including 750 in multiplexes.