Date: 23rd February 2001
An Indian consumers group has urged the Indian government to tax game shows like Kaun Banega Crorepati?, (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire) "notwithstanding whether any person succeeds in such program or not." As reported by today's (Friday) Times of India, the group, Mumbai Grahak Panchayat, observed that if such a show offered a prize of one crore rupees ($215,000) each week and a five percent tax were imposed on that amount, the annual income to the government could be $2.2 million. "Thus, a single game show like KBC can give the government handsome revenues," the group noted. Such a tax was justified, it argued, because simple questions are often asked on the game shows simply to attract viewers. Meanwhile, the newspaper reported in a separate article that KBC continues to attract such huge audiences that it has drawn crowds away from movie theaters and resulted in a huge drop in the production of Bollywood films.
Source: Studio Briefing