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Amitabh Bachchan’s producer Jhund only disputes that the Kashmir archives were declared tax-free: “Our film is also important” | Bollywood

by Joe Bourn

Savita Raj Hiremath, one of the producers of the recent release of Amitabh Bachchan, Jhund, said she was “confused” because her film was not tax-free. He said the film not only received a positive response from the public, but also had an issue that is “critical to the development of our country”. Savita’s comments come days after Vivek Agnihotri’s recent tax-free film The Kashmir Files in many states across the country. (Read also: The Kashmir Files BO: Movie Crosses 116.45 cr with the highest lifting of a day to date)

On Friday, Savita took to Facebook and wrote that while The Kashmir Files is an important film, Jhund was no less. “I recently watched Kashmir Files and as the story of the Kashmiri Pandits release is heartbreaking and it’s a story to be told. It’s a good voice for the Kashmiri Pandits! But as a Jhund producer, I’m confused. After all, Jhund is “It’s also an important film and it has a story and a big message that has received huge recognition and word of mouth from the public,” he said.

Jhund, which theatrically released on March 4 with glamorous reviews, introduced Amitabh as Vijay Barse, a retired Nagpur-based sports teacher who spearheaded a football movement in the slum. The film marked the Hindi debut of director Nagraj Manjule, best known for the Marathi films Fandry and Sairat.

One week after Jhund, The Kashmir Files, based on the Kashmiri Pandits leaving the valley in the 1990s, opened in theaters. The film garnered support from the central government, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Secretary Amit Shah and several leaders from the ruling Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party, who praised the film. The Kashmir Files, with Anupam Kher, Darshan Kumar, Mithun Chakraborty and Pallavi Joshi, have also been declared tax-free in states such as Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Karnataka, Tripura.

Savita added in her note that she was curious to find out what the criteria are for the government to select a film and exempt it from the entertainment tax. “So I want to know what is the criterion according to which the government chooses a film to support it so strongly by making it tax-free, approving it through social media and asking the Offices to present the film or give a half day holiday to employees. After all, Jhund also has an issue that is so critical to the development of our country. “Jhund is not just talking about caste inequality and economic inequality, but he is also showing a way to make the lower echelons of society find their success.”

Jhund is also produced by Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar, Raaj Hiremath, Gargee Kulkarni, Meenu Aroraa and Manjule. While The Kashmir Files has arrived approximately 116 crore at the box office in eight days, Jhund has earned a little more 15 crore in fifteen days from its release.

(With PTI inputs)

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