Chhattisgarh makes ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ tax free

February 25th, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by IANS  

Slumdog MillionaireRaipur, Feb 25 (IANS) The Chhattisgarh government Wednesday exempted India-themed film “Slumdog Millionaire”, which has won eight Oscar awards, from entertainment tax in the state for one year.
“The film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ has been made tax free with immediate effect in the state for a period of one year by the commercial taxes department on the instructions of Chief Minister Raman Singh,” said an official statement issued here.

Impressed by the movie, Raman Singh has said “Slumdog Millionaire” effectively depicts the life of slum dwellers struggling to make ends meet and has also generated sensitiveness towards impoverished people in the society.

British director Danny Boyle’s hit film won the big ticket Oscars for best picture and best director at the 81st annual Academy Awards as well as for six others, including two for Indian music composer A.R. Rahman, who won for best original score and best original song for the exuberant “Jai Ho” with lyricist Gulzar.

While Indian sound technician Resul Pookutty shared the award with two others for best sound mixing, the film also won best adapted screenplay, best cinematography and best editing awards.

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