Filmmakers Meet FM, Oppose Imposition of Service Tax

New Delhi
Filmmakers Meet FM, Oppose Imposition of Service Tax
Amid talk that service tax could be imposed on film tickets in the coming budget, a delegation of film makers along with Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni today met Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

After the meeting, the delegation which included Mahesh Bhatt, his brother Mukesh Bhatt, Ramesh Sippy and others, said they they had conveyed their concern on any move to impose service tax on films in the coming budget.

"We have put forth our concern to the honourable finance minister through the Minister of Information and Broadcasting. The finance minister gave a very patient hearing to each and every member," Mahesh Bhatt told reporters here.

The film makers said that though they were satisfied with their meeting with the finance minister, what the budget holds for them will only be known on the day it is presented in Parliament.

"Since it is budget time he cannot speak and it will come out in Parliament when he makes his speech there," Bhatt said.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said that "the film industry wanted to present its concerns regarding service tax to the finance minister who had listened to them very attentively."
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