[2004-09-26] Heights of Jingoistic Protectionism

The Kannada movie industry wants non-Kannada movies to be released within the state of Karnataka at least seven weeks later than their release elsewhere in India. Even then, there can be only eight prints of such a movie at a time across Karnataka. As if that was not enough, they want 70% entertainment tax on non-Kannada movies and none on Kannada movies, going as far as to demand subsidies even for commercial Kannada movies.

These recommendations were made by a committee appointed by the state government comprising members who were deemed “competent” by the members of the Kannada movie industry, as they were not satisfied with those made by an earlier committee.

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