Dangal enjoys tax-free status in Chhattisgarh

(L to R) Wrestler Geeta Phogat, bollywood actors Fatima Sana Shaikh, Aamir Khan, wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat, actor Sanya Malhotra and wrestler Babita Kumari during a special screening of film Dangal in Mumbai (Photo: PTI)
The Chhattisgarh government has made Aamir Khan's movie Dangal tax-free in the state.

The commercial tax department issued the notification following an announcement by Chief Minister Raman Singh to exempt Khan’s wrestling drama from tax in the state’s cinema halls. “The tax exemption would be effective for six months,” department officials said.

Chhattisgarh is among a few states that have made Dangal tax-free. The other states include Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Haryana.

The movie, which was released on December 23, is about the life of former wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat and his effort in breaking social barriers and encouraging girls to take up wrestling.

The film, which collected Rs 64.60 crore in two days of its screening across the country, is reported to have mopped up Rs 42.35 crore on the third day, crossing the Rs 100 crore milestone within just three days of its release.

With this feat, Dangal has become the sixth film in the history of Indian cinema to cross Rs 100 crore in the first weekend of its release, and Aamir Khan’s second film after Dhoom 3, released in 2013, to enter Rs 100 crore club in its first weekend.

Dangal also has the second-highest opening day collection of the year after Sultan, raking in Rs 29.78 crore on the first day.

 

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