Kolkata: Nationwide cinema hall owners’ strike on Thursday against hiked service tax costs a loss of Rs 5 crore in West Bengal whereas the loss at the national level is estimated to be Rs 100 crore.

Talking to Dainik Jagran, Film Federation of India Vice-Chairman Arijit Dutta said, “The strike was a success in all parts of the country. The cinema halls did not screen any film. All 330 cinema halls were kept closed in the state including 30-40 cinema halls of the capital.”

Besides the screening of the films, film making and distribution related operations were also put to rest during the strike.

However, Dutta expressed unhappiness over the Multiplexes not joining the protest. He further added, “The multiplexes are also linked to this trade and they should have supported our demand.”

The cinema hall owners are protesting against the 10.3 service tax imposed on them and are demanding for its withdrawal.

Meanwhile, a multiplex official said, “All shows were organized as per regular schedule as we did not get any such orders from our top officials.”

However, more crowds were recorded at the multiplexes owing to the strike. 

(JPN/Bureau)