Lucknow :  Stars don’t shower favours for nothing.  After announcing a tax break of Rs 1 crore for actress Madhuri Dixit’s upcoming movie ‘Dedh Ishqiya’, the Uttar Pradesh government is now considering waving off 25 per cent entertainment tax for the film in the state.   It is understood that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will also be attending the premier of ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ to be held in Lucknow.

Madhuri was one of the star performers in the recent Bollywood extravaganza staged in Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh’s home town.

Meanwhile, actor Salman Khan, under fire for performing at the Saifai Mahotsav desh at a time when thousands of people in riot-hit Muzaffarnagar are eking out a measly existence, on Thursday said the event was an opportunity for him to help people.

In a statement that followed a storm of criticism on social media, Khan said his NGO, Being Human, had pledged to fund 200 paediatric surgeries in Uttar Pradesh on behalf of all artistes who performed at the event.

Madhuri Dixit also took to Twitter and defended the event: she highlighted the contributions that would be made by the artists who performed at the event.  The actress tweeted: As artists and celebrities, we believe in using our reach to help others through drawing attention to the needs of the day.

The Akhilesh government has spent roughly Rs 20 crore on the Saifai event. Film stars were ferried in seven chartered planes from Mumbai and Delhi.

Actress Alia Bhatt’s father, director Mahesh Bhatt, however, said he had failed as a father by not stopping his daughter from dancing in Saifai. Input: TV channels.

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