Film Industry Current Affairs

Newton: India’s official entry to Oscars 2018

The Film Federation of India (FFI) has selected Hindi film Newton, a black comedy on foibles of democracy to represent India in Best Foreign Language category at 90th Academy Awards (Oscars) to be held in February 2018. It was unanimously chosen by FFI’s selection committee, headed by Telugu producer C V Reddy from 26 entries received this year.

Newton

The movie has been directed by Amit Masurkar. It stars Rajkummar Rao, Pankaj Tripathi and Raghubir Yadav. The film is political satire revolving around an honest election officer’s (Newton Kumar) attempt to conduct a free and fair poll in naxal-controlled town in the conflict-ridden jungles of Chhattisgarh. It showcases rookie government clerk’s best efforts to conduct free and fair voting despite odds stacked against him mainly with apathy of security forces and the looming fear of guerrilla attacks by communist rebels.

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Assam Assembly passes Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016

The Assam Assembly has passed the Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016 to give a fillip to the local film industry by reducing the service charge of cinema tickets.

However, the state government has raised the entertainment tax on cinema tickets by up to ten percentile points.

Key Features of Bill

  • Proposes to fix the service charge at a maximum of Rs 12 per ticket, which is as high as Rs 40 at present.
  • Raised the government tax to 30 per cent on service charge from the earlier 20 per cent.
  • Besides, a cess of 1 Rupee will be levied on each ticket for creating a welfare fund for film and theatre sectors.
  • Government also proposed to increase the entertainment tax to 20% from 15% at present for entry charges ranging between Rs 5 and Rs 20 per ticket.

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