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B’wood slapped with state tax

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Producers and thesps are fuming after the government of western Indian state Maharashtra, home to India’s Bollywood industry, slapped a 0.25% tax on their pay June 29.

As Indian actors earn between Rs 10 million ($232,000) and $4.6 million a year, the government hopes to garner close to $1.2 billion from the tax.

“With the industry already reeling under losses this move is very damaging,” said Supran Sen, secretary general of the Film and Television Producers Guild of India.

The guild will meet Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh on his return from the U.S. on Sunday. Deshmukh’s son, Ritesh, is a Bollywood actor.

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