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Film industry distances itself from bandh call

Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has put itself in a spot for having asked a section of distributors and exhibitors to comply with certain measures, failing which an “indefinite industry bandh from December 1 may become inevitable”.

At a recent press conference, the president of the KFCC, Basanthkumar Patil, explained the problems ailing the industry such as huge losses incurred by Kannada cinema owing to screening of non-Kannada films.

He said that a group of “unethical distributors and exhibitors” had been promoting other language films in violation of the established norms of the KFCC. Multiplex cinema halls were reluctant to screen Kannada films. Some exhibitors had hiked the entry fee in an arbitrary fashion in violation of the State Commercial Tax norms. These distributors and exhibitors must apologise and take corrective measures. Exhibitors should realise that enrolling themselves with the KFCC is mandatory. If they fail to comply with the KFCC's instructions, Kannada cinema industry would be forced to declare an indefinite holiday from all its activities from December 1, he had said.

Resignation call

Even as the KFCC was awaiting a response from the distributors and exhibitors it has targeted, many producers, artistes and a section of the office-bearers of the KFCC have demanded the resignation of Mr. Patil for having conveyed his personal views as an official version, overlooking the executive committee.

Producer Rockline Venkatesh told presspersons here on Wednesday that a bandh could not be the solution for the industry's problems. This would only complicate matters.

Mr. Venkatesh, Anaji Nagaraj and some others said that Mr. Patil had no insight into the business problems.

“It is true that Kannada cinema has been facing challenges, but it can be met through proper channels in an amicable manner. His decision to declare an indefinite bandh is unilateral. If he cannot address the issues in a balanced way, let Mr. Patil tender his resignation,” they said.

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