It has been a month after Goods and Services Tax (GST) was levied and is still showing an impact on various businesses, including Marathi drama and hotel industry. The drama industry is already struggling to keep Marathi drama and traditional folk dance prevalent, GST has hit them hard with a loss of 40 to 50 per cent. At the same time, the hotel owners have a complaint of 20% fall in business.
The new tax regime included a revised rate of movie tickets too. 18 per cent GST is applicable on movie tickets above Rs 250 and this has led to a drastic increase in the ticket rates which inherently pushes up the charges such as traveling costs of artists and catering expenses.
Following these reasons, the number of the audience coming to watch a Marathi play or traditional performances like Lavani has gone down, leading to declining in the number of events, reported Hindustan times.
Sadanand Mohol, president of Pune Exhibitors Association, that has 13 single screen theatres under its wings, told Indian Express, “Given that so far no entertainment tax was charged for regional films, so any amount of entertainment tax will deter moviegoers from coming to the theatre. The biggest impact of this will be on single-screen theatre owners who have been suffering losses from the past many years post the arrival of multiplexes.”
The people from the industry are trying to cut down on production prices and other things in order to keep the shows going and inviting citizens. Some producers have formed WhatsApp groups and shared link among citizens. They shared information regarding the show through the social platform announcing a discount on ticket window to attract citizens.
Image source: Mumbai theatre guide