The State Government has declared Rakshit Shetty starrer ‘777 Charlie’ as 100 percent tax-free in Karnataka from Sunday. The Government had declared tax-free for Hindi film ‘The Kashmir Files’ earlier.
The Finance Department took the decision and has issued orders following directions from Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai. According to the Government order, the movie will be exempt from State Goods and Service Tax (SGST) for six months starts from Sunday (June 19).
Earlier, Rakshit Shetty had requested the Chief Minister to waive the tax for this particular movie stating that the film creates awareness among people on the adoption of stray dogs, ill effects of in-breeding among dogs and violence against animals.
Based on the petition, the Chief Minister has ordered the Finance Department to waive off the SGST. The exhibitors shall not collect SGST on the movie tickets and the tickets shall be sold based on the new rates which does not comprise SGST.
Recently, the Chief Minister along with his cabinet colleagues including Revenue Minister R Ashok, Education Minister B C Nagesh, Rajya Sabha Member Jaggesh, Medical Education and Health Minister K Sudhakar and others watched the film. The Chief Minister remembered his pet dog which died last year and had tears in his eyes. ‘777 Charlie’ stars Rakshit Shetty, Sangeetha Sringeri, Raj B Shetty, Danish Sait, Bobby Simha and others play prominent roles in the film. The film is directed by debutante Kiranraj and produced by Rakshit Shetty and and GS Guptha under the Paramvah Studios.