Uttar Pradesh Government on 4 August 2015 announced that two films namely Masaan and Jaanisaar will be free from the entertainment tax in the state. They were made tax free as they were entirely shot in Uttar Pradesh.
The decision to make these films tax free in the state, under Section 11 (1) of the Uttar Pradesh Entertainment and Betting Tax Act, 1979, was taken during a cabinet meet chaired by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
Masaan, an Indian Hindi drama film directed by Neeraj Ghaywan and written by Sudhish Kamath is set in Varanasi. ‘Masaan’ follows the stories of four people from a small town and how they fit in to the moralities. Earlier, the film was screed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival winning two awards.
Jaanisaar, film directed by Muzaffar Aliis, is a love saga of a revolutionary courtesan of Avadh, India, and a prince brought up in England, set 20 years after the first war of Indian independence of 1857. A period drama set in 1877, the film depicts the story of a revolutionary dancer. The film was initially titled Raqs: The Dance Within, but was later changed to Jaanisaar.
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Where: In Uttar Pradesh
What: Made tax free
When: 4 August 2015