Hyderabad March 29: We all know that Government has given the Entertainment Tax exemption for the historical movies 'Gautamiputra Satakarni' and 'Rudhramadevi' but now notices have given to both producers.
The High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh states have sent notices to the producers of Gautamiputra Satakarni and Rudhramadevi. Acting on a PIL (Public Interest Litigation), the High Court asked the producers to file a counter within two weeks.
The petitioner argued that the Entertainment Tax exemption given to the films by the state governments should belong to the public exchequer and asked the court to look into the matter. The petitioner has cited the Tamil Nadu High Court's verdict regarding the tax exemption to a film as the example.
Satakarni producers Rajeev Reddy, Saibabu and Rudhramadevi producers Gunasekhar and Raagini Guna have been named by the petitioner as the respondents. While Satakarni had received an exemption from both the Telugu states, Rudhramadevi had been waived off the E.T only by the Telangana state government.
Both the films were historical films that have significance with rich culture, the heritage of Telugus. And interestingly both the films were a commercial success at the Box Office. It has to be seen how the respondents would justify the tax waive off and at the same time, how the state governments would justify the act.