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A delegation representing the Indian film and entertainment industry met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday and pleaded for lower and uniform GST rates for fraternity. Actors Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn, filmmakers Karan Johar and Rakesh Roshan, chairman of the board of censors, Prasoon Joshi, and chairman of Producers Guild of India, Siddharth Roy Kapur, were part of the delegation that met Modi.
According to a statement of GDP, the delegation gave Modi an overview of the broad growth potential of the media and entertainment industry in India and said that this sector is poised to contribute significantly to the vision. Prime Minister aiming to make India a billion dollars economy in the near future.
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Had a rich and fruitful interaction with a delegation from the film and entertainment industry.
The delegation referred to the progress made by the film and entertainment industry and provided valuable information on the GST for their sector. https://t.co/ulQMtxTJQj pic.twitter.com/n4Dn38EJLr
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 18, 2018
Film fraternity members have even advocated for lower and uniform GST rates for the entertainment industry in India, in addition to calling for the development of Mumbai as the entertainment capital of the world, through various proactive initiatives and approaches. PM Modi said that the Indian entertainment industry enjoyed immense popularity around the world. This is one of the key elements of India's rising status of soft power in the world, he added.
He assured the delegation that the Union Government was supporting the media and entertainment sector and that it would look at the suggestions positively. This is the second such meeting of the year after the meeting between Modi and Modi in Delhi in October.
Director Karan Johar went on Twitter to thank the Prime Minister for meeting with the delegation.
It was instructive to hear the Honorable Prime Minister @Narendra Modi share his perspective on the status of the soft power of our industry and the strength of our cinema … he has given our media and entertainment representatives a patient and solid audience …. pic.twitter.com/BIl8ubQwYa
– Karan Johar (@karanjohar) December 18, 2018
Siddharth Roy Kapur, who was part of the previous meeting, told IANS in a recent conversation: "The main agenda to discuss with the Prime Minister was what the entertainment industry in India could bring as a soft power of the country around the world and how wonderful it would be for the government to encourage this industry in a very concrete way to grow and prosper. "He said that problems such as the low density of the screen in the country must to be resolved.
"We are a country very poorly filtered. The levels of taxation in the country are extremely high (they are in the upper bracket with respect to the GST), there is double taxation on the film industry because local bodies have the right to impose their own tax to the industry. So, if all these obstacles to the growth of the film and television industry can be lifted, we are witnessing an explosion in the quality of the content created, the scope of this content and our ability to pass India around the world. .
"The Prime Minister was very open and open. He said that he believed that was the case. So we are hopeful about this, "Kapur told IANS on the sidelines of the India International Film Festival last month.
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