'Neerja' declared tax free in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh

26/02/2016 8:35 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 15: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an exclusive shoot of Hindustan Times) Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor during an exclusive interview with HTCITY, as part of stars in the city series for the promotion of upcoming biographical film Neerja at HT Media Office on February 15, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Neerja is an upcoming 2016 Indian biographical film revolving around the factual hijacking of Pan Am Flight 73 in Karachi, Pakistan specifically focusing on flight attendant Neerja Bhanot. The film was produced by Atul Kasbekar under the banner of Fox Star Studios. This film shows how the young flight attendant fought for the lives of her passengers. The film is scheduled for release on February 19, 2016. (Photo by Shivam Saxena/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Delhi and Uttar Pradesh governments on Friday declared actress Sonam Kapoor-starrer "Neerja" tax-free.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said that the decision will be implemented with immediate effect.

"Have ordered to make movie 'Neerja' tax-free. Decision to be implemented with immediate effect," Sisodia tweeted.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too took to Twitter to make the announcement.

"'Neerja,' the movie will be tax free in UP," he wrote.

The movie is based on the life of young flight attendant Neerja Bhanot, who died trying to save the lives of 350-odd passengers on a hijacked Pan Am aircraft in 1986.

The film, which released on February 19, has already been declared tax-free in Gujarat and Maharashtra

Directed by Ram Madhvani, the biographical film also stars Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravijani, Jim Sarbh and Yogendra Tiku in prominent roles.

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