Following closely on the heels of PK, the government of Uttar Pradesh has declared the Ayushman Khuranna starrer Hawaizaada tax free in the state. Presented by Reliance Entertianment, Hawaizaada is inspired from the life and works of Shivkar Talpade who flew the first ever unmanned plane 8 years before the Wright Brothers. Set in 1895 during the British Raj, the film is directed by Vibhu Puri.
Commenting on the development, Sanjeev Lamba CEO, Reliance Entertainment said “We are extremely happy to receive the tax free grant. This will ensure that the film will reach out to a much larger audience base. The achievements of Shivkar Talpade are largely undocumented and even un-credited. This film is our attempt to highlight one of his biggest achievements of flying the first plane ever at Chowpatty, Mumbai, in 1895. We are glad the authorities agreed with us on making the film available as tax free and we hope to follow suit in other states.”
Echoing the sentiments Vibhu Puri said, “I am thankful to the authorities for this grant. It took me almost five years to put my vision on the big screen. Now I am sure the film will get its full potential reach in the state of Uttar Pradesh.”
Hawaizaada that also features Pallavi Sharda and Mithun Chakraborty is slated for release on January 30, 2015.