The Telugu stereoscopic 3D historical film, Rudhramadevi, in a major boost, was granted tax exemption in Telangana by the state government on Thursday.
Filmmaker Gunasekhar, who is directing and producing the movie, fought several financial battles to release his film and met chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who agreed to the former's request for tax relief.
Starring Anushka Shetty as the protagonist, Rudhramadevi is the story of a warrior queen from the Kakatiya Dynasty.
The decision by the state means that the makers need not pay the mandated 15 percent entertainment tax from the total revenue collected, to the Telangana government.
(The director of the film with the Telangana chief minister)
The move was hailed by members of the Telugu film industry, including filmmaker SS Rajamouli, who urged the Andhra Pradesh government to follow suit.
Nearly Rs 80 crore has been reportedly spent on the making of this film.
Many people in the Telugu film industry have come out in support of this move. Bahubali director S S Rajamouli took to Twitter to request the Andhra Pradesh government also to follow suit and exempt tax for the movie.
â€śJust heard that Rudhramadevi has been made tax free in Telangana. Fantastic news for Gunasekhar garu, who has been swimming against the current for such a long time to bring this epic. Rudhramadevi is a queen for all Telugu land. I think even the government of AP should and will exempt this film from tax. All the best to everyone involved in Rudhramadevi,â€ť he said, in a series of tweets.
current for such a long time to bring this epic to film. Rudramadevi is a queen for all Telugu land.I think even the govt of AP should andâ€” rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) October 8, 2015
will exempt this film from tax. All the best to everyone involved in Rudramadevi..â€” rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) October 8, 2015