Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and the makers of the movie ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ have requested Maharashtra government to relinquish entertainment tax on their movie so that it can reach much larger audience.
“There is a procedure, which the production needs to follow. According to us, the film qualifies for that,” said Farhan Akhtar to IANS.
“We don't apply for every film, but (we are applying) for this film because we want it to reach to those for whom ticket prices are high and who wait for it to come on TV. So, they will also get to see it in the current atmosphere," added the actor.
‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, is a biopic based on legendary Indian athlete Milkha Singh. Actor Farhan Akhtar essays the role of Milkha Singh.
Farhan and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra met Maharashtra Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat on July 17, 2013 and sought tax exemption for the film.
Making the film tax free will augment the footfall in theatres, feels Farhan.
"A lot of schools, which want to show the film to the students, are also calling us. So, if the film is tax free for them, it will be beneficial. Besides, a percentage of the collection of the film also goes to Milkha Singh's foundation and it will also benefit," he said.
The movie that released last Friday has been going strong at the box-office and has already raked in Rs.30 crore by the weekend. The movie managed an impressive Rs.8.5 crore business on its opening day itself.
Along with Farhan Akhtar the movie also stars Sonam Kapoor as the female lead. Prakash Raj and Divya Dutt play crucial roles in the movie.