8 States Where Anupam Kher, Vivek Agnihotri’s Movie Is “Tax-Free”

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First published March 15, 2022, 12:08 PM IST

From Goa to Karnataka to Uttar Pradesh, here is the list of all the states where The Kashmir Files can be seen tax free

Vivek Agnihotri’s film ‘The Kashmir Files’ is based on the massacres and exodus of Kashmir pundits from the valley in 1990. Despite the fact that other big budget films featuring prominent celebrities are now on the poster, The Kashmir Files became the public’s first choice.

Its first weekend collection is Rs 27.15 crore, which represents a growth of more than 300% on the third day of its release. The film features talented actors like Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty, Darshan Kumaar and Pallavi Joshi in major roles; Vivek Agnihotri and Saurabh M Pandey wrote the film.

Image: Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri/Instagram

“The Kashmir Files”, as its title suggests, is a true story based on video interviews with first generation Kashmiri Pandit victims of the Kashmir Genocide. It is a heartbreaking story about the anguish, suffering, struggle and trauma of Kashmiri pundits, and it raises important concerns about democracy, religion, politics and humanity. Here is a list of all the states where The Kashmir Files is now tax-free:

Haryana: The government of Haryana announced on March 11 that the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ would be tax exempt in the state. After the film was released on Friday, the Haryana government advised cinemas and multiplexes not to charge customers GST on cinema tickets.

Gujarat: On Saturday, Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel waived tax on movie tickets for The Kashmir Files. A tweet from the Gujarat CM office read: “Chief Minister Shri Bhupendra Patel has decided to grant tax exemption to the film ‘The Kashmir Files’ in the state.”

Madhya Pradesh: Madhya Pradesh was the third state to declare ‘Kashmir Records’ tax free. Additionally, the Madhya Pradesh government said police officers would be given a break to watch The Kashmir Files.

Karnataka: On Monday, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai declared ‘The Kashmir Files’ movie tax exempt. “The Kashmir Files movie brings the truth about what happened in Kashmir in the 80s and 90s. I hope all Kashmiri pundits will recover their lands and property and settle there. We said the movie tax free in the state,” said the Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Uttar Pradesh: The state has also joined the list of states that have granted tax exempt status to The Kashmir Files. The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday exempted the film from paying entertainment taxes.

Image: Image taken from the trailer

Tripura: Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Monday appealed to the people to watch the film. “The film Kashmir Files directed by Vivek Agnihotri depicts the heartbreaking struggle and trauma faced by Hindus in Kashmir. To support her film and encourage people in the state to watch it, the government of Tripura has decided to make it tax free in the state,” Deb tweeted. Biplab Kumar Deb also wanted to encourage people to watch the movie.

Image: Image taken from the trailer

Uttarakhand: The Uttarakhand government decided on Monday to make The Kashmir Files tax exempt in the state. “I have directed the Chief Secretary to take necessary steps to ensure that ‘The Kashmir Files’ film is tax free in the state,” Uttarakhand Acting Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami said. .

BJP MP Nitesh Rane has also written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asking for the film to be exempted from entertainment tax in the state. Furthermore, top BJP leader and former Chief Minister of Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje has called on the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot to declare the film tax-exempt.

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