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Puli Denied Tax Exemption Because It Promotes ‘Superstitious Beliefs’

Like Papanasam, director Chimbudeven’s Puli, which released on October 1, did not qualify for a 30% tax exemption despite receiving a ‘U’ certificate. The news will come as a blow to producers PT Selvakumar and Shibu Thameens. This is Puli’s second run-in this week with the income tax department, after last minute raids on October 1 led to the morning shows being cancelled. The tax exemption crew listed a number of reasons for their decision to deny the film a tax exemption.

A ‘U’ certificate is mandatory (along with a title in Tamil) but does not automatically qualify a film for a tax exemption. Exemption is only given to films which are seen as promoting Tamil culture, and which do not contain excessive violence or obscenity. Here’s a list of the tax exemption crew’s reasons:


  1. Certain scenes in Puli promote superstitious beliefs, which is against Tamil culture.
  2. Actresses have been shown in a glamourous way in the songs. (Almost every review spoke about Shruti Haasan’s glamour in the ‘Yendi Yendi’ song)
  3. Violence has been shown in an open manner. For example, a child’s throat has been slit and the killing scenes have been picturised in a gory fashion.
  4. A majority of the film’s scenes show no respect for living beings (human or animal).
  5. Puli glorifies violence and in the initial stages, it also sports some double entendre dialogues.

Puli is a fantasy adventure film starring Vijay, Shruti Haasan, Hansika, Sudeep, Sridevi, Robo Shankar, Thambi Ramaiah, Vidyullekha Raman, and Imman Annachi. The tax exemption committee includes C Palani, MC Thiyagarajan, Dr KM Sekar, TI Maharajan, AI Raghavan, and MN Rajam.