Tamil Nadu government jacks up liquor prices to boost coffers

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The Tamil Nadu Film Producers' Council has announced it would not release any movies from October 6, which pointed at a crisis just before Diwali releases.

"The Government says it is committed to prohibition in the State and the same government promotes it by increasing its prices", he said.

The Multiplex Association of India had gone off for a strike earlier this month, against the Local Body Entertainment Tax (LBET) which worked under the Chennai government, and which has caused much grief and loss for the Tamil film Industry.

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At 15:08 hrs PVR was quoting at Rs 1,404.95, up Rs 54.60, or 4.04 percent, on the BSE.

Shares of PVR and Inox Leisure gained 5-7 percent intraday on Friday as investors cheered cut in entertainment tax in Tamil Nadu.

The fate of new movies of top stars like actor Vijay's "Mersal" slated for release for Deepavali next week hung in balance. The audience should henceforth have to shell out about Rs 206 to watch a Tamil film at multiplexes, while the ticket prices may be more than Rs 220 for other languages.

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In non-airconditioned theatres other than multiplexes, the minimum will be Rs 30 and maximum Rs 80. "To which they said it was under consideration", TFPC President Vishal told the media after the meeting with the chief minister.

"No cinema theatre can charge more than the fixed rates and one can complain if charged more", he said. However, after the protest of Tamil fraternity, the government revised the base price of the ticket for the first time in 10 years.

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