Sonam Kapoor starrer Neerja has been declared tax-free in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds finance portfolio, tweeted on Friday saying the decision will be implemented with immediate effect.
“Have ordered to make movie Neerja tax-free. Decison to be implemented with immediate effect,” his tweet read.
Sisodia also tagged Shabana Azami, who plays Sonam’s mother in the film in his tweet.
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) February 26, 2016
Not to be left far behind, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav too took to Twitter to make the announcement.
His tweet read, “Neerja,’ the movie will be tax-free in UP.”
Neerja, the movie will be tax free in UP.
— Akhilesh Yadav (@yadavakhilesh) February 26, 2016
The movie is based on the last two days of Neerja’s life, who would have celebrated her 24th birthday on 7 September 1986 but died following the hijacking of Pan Am 73 from Karachi airport fighting to save the lives of 379 others.
So, in the end, it was her bullet-ridden body that returned to her family.
The film, which released on 19 February, 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.
(Inputs from PTI)