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Entertainment Tax scuttles Subhash Ghai’s Double Bill plans

By NewsDesk • Published on June 9, 2011

Producer Subhash Ghai had to roll back his double whammy release of Love Express and Cycle Kick following entertainment tax complications.

Mukta Searchlight had earlier announced that cine goers can buy one ticket and watch both the films, which were scheduled to release together on June 10, within the time span of a week. These two films feature new comers from film schools.

The latest offer is that the upcoming releases, Love Express and Cycle Kick can be watched in theatres at discounted prices.

“We had two options–the first was to screen both the films on one ticket and the second was to reduce the price of the tickets of the film. My exhibitors and I preferred the former, but then we discovered that we would have to pay entertainment tax on the second film even if we decided to screen it for free. The legal process of dealing with it was time-consuming, so we thought of going ahead with the latter option. Now we will offer a discount of 50% and 25% on the tickets of the films,” producer-director Subhash Ghai told DearCinema.

Cycle Kick which will now release on June 17 features acting students from Film and Television Institute of India, Pune in lead roles. Love Express which will release on June 10 has ten alumni of Whistling Woods International, Mukta’s film school as actors and technicians, including director Sunny Bhambhani.

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