Movies
×

Kannada film fraternity mulls production halt over subsidies, ent tax issues

BANGALORE: The Kannada film fraternity has threatened to call for a stoppage of all production work starting 28 February 2008 over the entertainment tax on remakes and subsidies issues. However, there are no plans to stop screening of films as yet.

Earlier, the industry withdrew its call for a statewide strike that was to be held on 14 February, after talks with government officials who assured them that the entertainment tax issue would be looked into during the state‘s budget. The industry is also demanding benefits for Kannada film remakes.


The Kannada film industry is much smaller than the film industries of neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The annual investments in Kannada films are about Rs 2 billion - about one fifth of the investment in the Telugu and Tamil film industry.


Last year, 98 Kannada films, including remakes, were made. To protect original Kannada films, since 1966, the state government has been granting entertainment tax exemptions, besides which original Kannada films are also eligible for subsidies and awards.


Annually, the state government spends around Rs 35 million towards subsidies. The subsidies are offered to 30 films, the maximum subsidy amount being Rs one million per movie, besides which two children‘s films per year are granted subsidies of Rs 2.5 million each.


At present, exhibitors in Karnataka have to pay entertainment tax (40 per cent of the cost of the tickets sold) for screening of remakes and non-Kannada films. According to reports, last year, the state government collected around Rs 560 million towards entertainment tax from exhibitors of remakes and non-Kannada films.

In the case of a Kannada hit film Krishna, in October 2007, the government had exempted it from the payment of entertainment tax, since the producer had declared it as an original movie.. Consequently, the exhibitors did not collect any tax while screening this film.


However, some time ago, a Tamil film producer approached the Tamil Film Chamber alleging that Krishna was a remake of his Tamil film Unnai Ninnathen. Hence, towards the end of December 2007, the Karnataka commissioner of information issued an order staying the entertainment tax exemption given to Krishna and seven other Kannada films. The officials of the commercial tax department have been pressing the exhibitors of these films to pay entertainment taxes that they have not collected – this amounts to between Rs 1 million to Rs 1.5 million, according to industry sources.


The Kannada film industry is undecided on whether offering of sops to remakes will be a positive or a retrograde step. Some industry pundits feel that all Kannada films should be exempt from entertainment tax, irrespective of the fact that a film is an original Kannada one or a remake. Others feel that only original Kannada films should be exempted from entertainment tax to help creative directors without resources take up filmmaking.

Latest Reads

http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/rajesh.jpg?itok=0JusqdfP
Kyoorius Group announces partnership with The one club for creativity to serve as official representative in india

Kyoorius Group today announced it has formed a partnership with The One Club for Creativity, the leading global non-profit organisation behind The One Show, ADC Annual Awards and other programming, to serve as the club’s official representative in India.

Movies Short Films
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/23/movie-buff.jpg?itok=_zxoG_xW
Moviebuff and 2D entertainment announce first clap season 2

Moviebuff and 2D Entertainment have announced the launch of First Clap Season 2, the country’s only theatrically showcased talent hunt for aspiring filmmakers, back again with the challenge of creating a compelling story in three minutes on any subject.

Movies Short Films
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/16/Oddball_0.jpg?itok=BG9dmZ7E
Oddball Motion Pictures gets Rs 250 cr for film production

MUMBAI: Oddball Motion Pictures, founded by filmmaker Nitin Upadhyaya, announced its association with Chanda Group where the latter will be funding a seed capital of up to Rs 250 crore for the feature films and original digital video content that will be exclusively developed and produced by...

Movies Movies On Mutiple Platforms
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2018/01/15/rmy_0.jpg?itok=lL8qydAg
Cast & crew of 21 sarfarosh: saragarhi 1897 celebrate army day with the 7th Battalion of sikh regiment of the indian army

The cast & crew of 21 Sarfarosh: Saragarhi 1897 commemorated the Army day with the Soldiers of Sikh regiment of Indian army. Actors Mohit Raina & Mukul Dev personally took the soldiers of the Sikh regiment on the tour of the set in Aamgaon where the epic battle of Saragarhi is currently...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/27/manav.jpg?itok=AdsRwhZX
Watch the world television premier of "Nirahua Hindustani"on 30th december at 1 PM only on Dabangg

SABGROUP’S foremost regional channel – Dabangg is geared for the World Television Premier of the highest revenue grossing Bhojpuri Blockbuster of all times, ‘Nirahua Hindustani’. The telecast will air on the 30th December,2017 at 1pm, followed by the repeat at 8pm.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/26/Parikshit-Dar3.jpg?itok=9KjDQiNB
BookMyShow reveals how India entertained itself in 2017

As the year comes to a close, BookMyShow looks back at what entertained India this year, from movies to plays, sports, events and music. In 2017, millions of Indians reached out to BookMyShow to meet their entertainment demands basis which the platform is delighted to present #Bestof2017*.

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/22/irfaan.jpg?itok=mWT-Q4_W
Catch Bollywood Actor Irrfan Khan this Week on Off Centre

MUMBAI: This week on Off Centre, Anuradha Sengupta talks to one of the finest Bollywood actors in the industry, Irrfan Khan. From being noticed and welcomed as a romantic lead after 22 years in business to his latest release and love, sex, romance in today’s time, he expresses his views and...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/15/secret-superstar.jpg?itok=6yxH51NX
Zee Studios International's Secret Superstar hits it big in Taiwan

Zee Studios International has collected $700,681 from its release of Aamir Khan-starrer Secret Superstar in Taiwan, making the movie the widest Bollywood film in the country. The film, which also features Zaira Wasim, lit up the box office in India. The distribution company began the next phase of...

Movies Hindi
http://www.indiantelevision.com/sites/drupal7.indiantelevision.co.in/files/styles/340x340/public/images/tv-images/2017/12/08/zee-studio.jpg?itok=1xtV1Jhc
Zee Studio to premiere the post-apocalyptic horror drama - MAGGIE!

Zee Studio, the hollywood movie destination, brings the Indian television premiere of Maggie. Starring multi-award winner Arnold Schwarzenegger and Academy Award-nominee, Abigail Breslin, this post-apocalyptic drama premieres on 10 December 2017, Sunday at 12 noon and 9 pm.

Movies Hollywood

Latest News

Load More

Sign up for our Newsletter

subscribe for latest stories