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  • Ravi Hegade Takes Charge Of Kannada Prabha

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    Ravi Hegade has taken charge as editor-in-chief of reputed Kannada daily Kannada Prabha today morning. Ravi Hegade came to media as a journalist through Samyuktha Karnataka. He went on to become the News editor of Kannada Prabha in the last decade.

    Ravi Hegade became the Group editor of Udayavani in 2011 and after six years, Ravi Hegade has quit Udayavani to become the editor-in-chief of Kannada Prabha. The Karntaka Film Chamber of Commerce president Sa Ra Govindu, MG Ramamurthy, Praven, KM Veeresh met Ravi Hegade today evening and not only congratulated him for becoming the editor-in-chief of Kannada Prabha, but also wished him a successful career.

  • Ravichandran, Shivarajkumar To Solve Okkutta Problem

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    Crazy star V Ravichandran and Shivarajkumar have entered to arena to solve the Film Workers Federation (Okkutta) wages problem. In the meeting held at KFCC today, Producers association president Muniratna and other members were present. KFCC President Thomas D’Souza and his team had a long discussion to solve the problem. In the meeting it was decided to form a committee.  

    V Ravichandran, Shivarajkumar from the artist side, Ramu, Jayanna and Krishnegowda from the producers side and Ashok, Ravindra and Shivaram from the Okkutta are part of the commitee. Ravichandran will head the committee. The committee will give the final report regarding the wages before April 17 which is the birthday of Ravichandran father Veeraswamy. Till the committee gives the final decision, the earlier wages of the Federation will continue. Ramu, Jayanna, K Manju, Sandesh Nagaraj, Ba Ma Harish, Soorappa Babu, Umesh Banakar, Jayasimha Musuri, KM Veeresh, Ramesh Yadav and others were present in the meeting.

  • Registrar Society Withdraws Name Change Of Dubbing Chamber


    In a significant development the Registrar of Societies for Karnataka has withdrawn the change of name granted to the Karnataka Dubbing Film Chamber of Commerce. The Dubbing Chamber had changed its name to Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce.

    But the apex body of Kannada films, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce had filed an objection to it before the Registrar of Societies. It had claimed that the new name of the Dubbing Chamber was very similar to its own name and would create confusion among the people and loss to it.

    The short form of both the organisations would be KFCC which would create more confusion. The Registrar had issued notices in this regard and heard the arguments of both the parties. In conclusion it has said that the Dubbing Film Chamber cannot change its name to Kannada Film Chamber of Commerce.

    The registration of the new name has been withdrawn from immediate effect it has said in its order today.



  • Revised Pay Structure List sent to Okkutta

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    The Kannada Film Producers Association on Monday has sent a new revised pay structure for the Karnataka Film Workers Union and is waiting for their reply. The Workers Union has been urging for a pay hike for the last couple of years. However, the pay was not hiked for various reasons. A couple of months ago the workers went on a strike and after much talks it was decided that the workers must continue to work with the present pay structure for next 120 days, until a permanent solution for the problems is arrived. Both the producers as well as the workers gave their consent for this.

    Recently, the span of 120 days completed and the Workers Union again urged for a pay hike. The KFPA appointed a committee of producers to give in a report about the revised pay structure. According to that the committee comprising of producers Ramu, Shailendra Babu, Jayanna and others charted out a new pay structure which would be convenient for the workers. KFCC and the KFPA handed over  the revised pay structure to KFCC, which in turn sent the list to the Workers Union.

    Now the ball is in the Union court and it has to be seen whether the workers union gives consent to the revised list or whether the crisis will continue further.

  • S A Chinnegowda takes over the president of KFCC

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    S A Chinnegowda who won the president post of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday night, took over the president of the KFCC on Wednesday morning.

    Chinnegowda won the post by defeating Mars Suresh. Apart from S A Chinnegowda, Karisubbu, K Manju and Ashok K C have been elected as vice-presidents, while Ba Ma Harish, Shilpa Srinivas and Sundarraju have been elected as secretaries from producer, distributor and exhibitor sectors. K M Veeresh has won the treasurer post by defeating Jayasimha Musuri.

    All the above were present on Wednesday and took over the charge as new office bearers.

  • Sa Ra Govindu Complaint Against FB Video Post

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    KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu has filed a police complaint against Prashant Sambargi who had posted a video on Facebook alleging that he and Vatal Nagaraj were preventing the release of Baahubali 2 for "roll call and money".

    The complaint is filed in the High Grounds Police Station. Govindu has stated in the complaint that a derogatory remark by Tamil actor Satyaraj against Kannadigas has resulted in a protest against him by various Kannada organisations. Th

    ey have demanded the film starring him Baahubali 2 should not be released till he apologized for his remarks. The KFCC is an organization that facilitates the release of all films. To help in the issue he as KFCC president had spoken to people in Tamil and Telugu industries and sought Sathyaraj's apology so that there is no problem in releasing the Telugu film. While he was making these efforts to dilute the situation Prashant Sambargi has posted on Facebook that he was preventing the film's release to make money. This has caused defamation to him and KFCC the complaint says. 

    Sambargi's video transcript has also been attached to the complaint. According to it Sambargi has said that though Sarathkumar another Tamil actor who made derogatory comments acted in Kannada film Raajakumara it was allowed to be released because it was a Puneeth Rajkumar film. But Baahubali was stopped to make roll call.

  • Sa Ra Govindu Felicitated In KFCC

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce members on Tuesday morning felicitated their president Sa Ra Govindu and celebrated Rajyotsava at the KFCC premises in Bangalore.

    This year five personalities from the Kannada film industry including Sa Ra Govindu were honoured with Rajyotsava awards and to mark the occasion, the members of KFCC held a felicitation programme for their president. Meanwhile, Karntaka flag was hoisted and Rajyotsava was also celebrated.

    M G Ramamurthy, Umesh Banakar, Umesh, Chinnegowda, Thomas D'souza and others were present during the occasion.

  • Sa Ra Govindu Hands Over Cheques To Anil And Uday's Families

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    Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Sa Ra Govindu on Monday evening handed over cheques to the families of Anil and Uday who died during the shooting of Mastigudi in November. Bangalore DC Shankar was also present at the occasion.

    After the sad demise of Anil and Uday, Govindu had met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and had requested for help. The Chief Minister immediately approved to sanction five lakhs each to the families of Anil and Uday. Likewise the cheques were handed over on Monday afternoon. Uday's parents and Anil's brother and mother was present at the occasion.

    KFCC vice-president Umesh Banakar, secretary M G Ramamurthy and others were also present at the occasion.

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  • Sa Ra Govindu Meets Praveen Sood

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    KFCC President Sa Ra Govindu met Bengaluru's new police commissioner Praveen Sood and wished him on the occasion of taking charge of Bengaluru city.  Kfcc secretary MG Ramamurthy, NM Suresh, KM Veeresh, Kannada Krishna accompanied Sa Ra Govindu.

    During this meeting Sa Ra Govindu explained the problems facing in the the film industry like shooting in the city, piracy of the movie and other factors and invited CP to KFCC chamber for the discussion.

    Listening to the problems Commissioner Praveen Sood told that very soon he would chamber and will listen to the problems and will solve it. 

  • Sa Ra Govindu Releases The Songs Of Preethi Prema

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    Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Sa Ra Govindu on Monday night released the songs of 'Preethi Prema'. The film is a remake of Telugu hit 'Aa Rojulu'.

    'Preethi Prema' which has a sub-title of 'Bari Pustakada Badanekayi' is produced by Krishna Chaitanya and he himself is the hero of the film. Kashi who has worked as an associate to 'Manikya' and other films is the director of this film. Nidhi Kushalappa is the heroine.

    preethi_prema_1audiolaunch.jpgSa Ra Govindu wished the whole team a huge success and congratulated Krishna Chaitanya for coming from Andhra and producing a film in Kannada.

    KFCC treasurer Jairaj and producer Uday Mehta and Chitraloka.Com Editor KM Veeresh was also present during the occasion.

  • Sa Ra Govindu Thanks Chief Minister

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    Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Sa Ra Govindu thanked Chief Minister Siddaramaiah. On Wednesday, Siddaramaiah submitted budget for the year 2017-18 and in the budget the Chief Minister has reduced the ticket rates of multiplexes to Rs 200 apart from giving prime time to Kannada films in multiplexes.

    Speaking regarding that in a press meet later in the evening, Sa Ra Govindu thanked the Chief Minister. 'We are very much grateful to the Chief Minister. He has given all we wanted. Now we have a big responsibility on our shoulders. The Government knows the problems the Kannada film industry is facing and has helped us to maximum extent. Now it is up to us to give good films and show our capacity. I request all the producers and directors to make good films' said Sa Ra Govindu.

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  • Sa Ra Govindu to contest from Rajajinagar?

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    Popular Kannada activist, film producer and currently the president of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, Sa Ra Govindu is under pressure to contest the upcoming Assembly elections from the Rajajinagar constituency in Bengaluru. Sources have confirmed that Govindu has been given the offer. Govindu has a good rappot with top politicians from all political parties. In the film industry he is the go-to man to get any industry-related things get done by the government. Since he is close to Siddaramaiah, BS Yeddyurappa and HD Kumaraswamy, it is a suspense about which party he will contest from. Sources say that he has offers from more than one political party. 

    Politics is not new to Govindu. He is the president of the Akhila Karnataka Dr Rajkumar Abhimanigala Sangha for over three decades now. In the 1980s the Abhimani Sangha was known as the third most important political force in Karnataka though it was not into electrol politics. After the aftermath of the Gokak Chaluvali the influence of the Sangha was so high that it was de facto considered a political power. But Rajkumar and the Sangha never ventured into politics. Even in the 1970s itself there was lots of pressure on Rajkumar to contest elections but he refused. in the 80s there was speculation that he would launch his political party but again he refused. The Abhimani Sangha however stood in support of all of Rajkumar's decisions. 

    In 2017-18 the story is completely different. Govindu has the legacy of the Abhimani Sangha behind him. Personally he has become one of the most important personalities in Sandalwood. Due to his influence and friendship with top political leaders like Siddaramaiah, BS Yeddyurappa and Kumaraswamy he has managed to get the governments in the last 10 years to help the Kannada film industry to a very large extent. His mission and activities go much beyond films. He has participated in various pro-Kannada agitations and activities over the last three decades and continues to do so. So it is no wonder that all political parties want him to join politics and contest elections. 

    Govindu has not made his political intentions clear. His friendships in all parties comes in the way of him choosing one party  over the other. However this time, sources say, he is under much pressure to do so. Sources also indicate that he is being asked to contest from Rajajinagar constituency. The constituency has a large base of pro-Kannada activists who will stand shoulder to shoulder with Sa Ra Govindu. The big question is not where Govindu will contest from if he decides to but what decision he will take. It could happen very shortly. 

  • Sa Ra Govindu's Birthday Celebrated

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    The office-bearers of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning celebrated the 63rd birthday of KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu. Sa Ra Govindu thanked the office-bearers and his friends from the film fraternity and said that he will strive towards the welfare of the Kannada film industry in the coming days.

    South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce president H D Gangaraju, M N Suresh, Umesh Banakar, Praveen, M G Ramamurthy, A Ganesh, B N Gangadhar, H Vasu, Kamar, Nargis Babu and others were present at the occasion.

  • Sa Ra Govindu's Birthday Celebrated

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    The office-bearers of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday morning celebrated the 63rd birthday of KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu. Sa Ra Govindu thanked the office-bearers and his friends from the film fraternity and said that he will strive towards the welfare of the Kannada film industry in the coming days.

    South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce president H D Gangaraju, M N Suresh, Umesh Banakar, Praveen, M G Ramamurthy, A Ganesh, B N Gangadhar, H Vasu, Kamar, Nargis Babu and others were present at the occasion.

  • Screen U Turn At Bhoomika Says KFCC

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    Kannada movie U turn which had faced problem getting Bhoomika theatre issue has been solved by KFCC. This morning, U Turn movie was refused to screen at Bhoomika theater making way for Mahesh Babu Telugu movie Bramahotsavam. Theater is managed by Gnaneshwar Ital.

    Producer and Distributor Manju, Popularly known as Jack Manju approached KFFC and they have a written letter to Ganeshwara Ital saying U Turn movie should be screened at Bhoomika only. Now it looks like the problem has been sorted.

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    Sources close to chitraloka said, even though KFCC has said to screen the Kannada movie in Bhoomika, Ganeshwar Ital is not ready to screen and is going ahead with the Telugu movie release. Even they have released the Bramohatsavam movie paper advertisement for tomorrow announcing Bhoomika as main theater.

    Kannada movie fighting for Theater against other language movie is a sad affair.

    Now we have to see what KFFC action if U Turn does not get Bhoomika

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  • Screening Committee to be Formed soon

    To avoid release problems the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has decided to form a Screening committee soon. Off late, five to six films are getting released per week. Not only the audience are confused about which film to watch, the films are also facing a lack of audience. The reason for the increase in the number of releases is said to be astrology. As the producers are too much influenced by astrological predictions, they release their films on the date given to them but astrologers.

    Earlier, there was a Screening committee and it used to decide which films must be released first based on the seniority of getting censored.

    Now the KFCC is planning to form the Screening committee once again to avoid many number of film releases in a week.

  • Subsidy Controversy for 2008-09

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    It is not the first time that the State Government's announcement of subsidy for films have evoked criticism. In fact, it has become sort of a ritual during every such announcement . The subsidy list announced for the year 2008-09 is not an exemption.

    This time senior producers like Rockline Venkatesh, Soorappa Babu and others have taken exception. Producer Dayal Padmanabhan is even contemplating legal action. More than the films making the list, the films that have not made it has everyone aghast. Vamshi, Ambari, Bandu Balaga, Circus, Bombat, Junglee, Minchina Ota are some of the big films that have failed to make it to the list. The films have top stars and big producers backing it.

    But subsidy has gone to some films that are neither art films or acclaimed. "It hurts me. The day the subsidy was announced many friends called up. They wanted to know if my films was worse than those that have been given subsidy. I am not giving any complaint to anybody, but let it be known that I am unhappy," says Rockline Venkatesh. On the other hand Soorappa Babu has already complained to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. "I want the Film Chamber to call the film industry members; CV Shivashankar, Madusudan Reddy and KV Reddy and seek their explanation on how the subsidy list was arrived at. Those saying that producers who invest crores into each film should not worry about Rs 10 lakh subsidy are wrong. The question is not about Rs 10 lakh. It is about prestige. Is my film worse than those that are in the list. There are films like Chandulli Cheluve that was released after 16 years. Is Bandu Balaga, Vamshi, Circus or Bombat worse than those films?," asks Soorappa Babu.

    Rockline Venkatesh has two suggestions. "I am not blaming the selection committee members, but they are not the right persons. The members were in the film industry many decades ago. They like films that were made in the 1960. They cannot understand the taste of films made in 2010. The selection committee should be more contemporary. Secondly, they can frame rules that subsidy is given only to select category of films. Let it be given only to low budget films. Because that is the mentality of selectors. They think big-budget films do not need subsidy. But subsidy is not about money alone. It is about selecting the best films of the year," Rockline says.

  • Tallam Nanjunda Shetty Expired

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    Veteran Exhibitor Tallam Nanjunda Shetty aged 89 years has expired. He is the owner of Abhinay and States Theater in Bengaluru. Tallam was KFCC president in 2006-07.

    Decades ago Tallam showed his guts when his Abhinay theatre was not granted the license. He told the licensing authority to put a bomb on the theatre or he would consume poison. He opened the bottle of poison and stood before Abhinay theatre the first Escalator theatre in India. Eventually Tallam won the battle.

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  • There Must Be Only One Chamber - Shivarajakumar

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    Actor Shivarajakumar has urged that there must be only one chamber for the film industry and if there are any disputes regarding Chamber, then everybody must sit in peace and make a discussion.

    Recently, there were reports that Shankar Sugathe who had directed a film called 'Kadina Hakki' many years ago had formed a Chamber for the North Karnataka film industry as it was difficult for the film makers of North Karntaka to come to Bangalore and make movies. Karnataka Chamber of Commerce president Thomas D'Souza commented that there is only one chamber for the Kannada film industry.

    On Tuesday during the marriage anniversary celebrations, Shivarajakumar also that there must be only one chamber for the Kannada film industry. 'There might be problems concerning certain sections of the film industry, but starting a separate chamber is not a solution for that. If there are any problems, then it is better to solve among ourselves rather than launching a new chamber' said Shivarajakumar.

  • Top Personalities Requests Sa Ra Govindu To Continue

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    Producer A Ganesh had called for protest and PressMeet on 26th May at 2 Pm at KFCC in order to support Sa Ra Govindu and team to continue in KFCC for the next one term. 

    In the support of Sa Ra Govindu, top film personalities like Jaggesh, C R Manohar, Rockline Venkatesh, Soorappa Babu, K Manju, Jayanna, KC Ashok and others were present at KFCC. Okkutta President Ashok and his team also were attended the meet.

    kfcc_protest_for_sa_ra.jpgIn the PressMeet, Rockline Venkatesh urged Sa Ra Govindu to retain his post and said "the other opposed members are also a part of this KFCC family and requested Sa Ra Govindu to continue as President. He also mentioned the points which Sa Ra Govindu has done to KFI."

    Jaggesh speaking furthur added "since there is a news about the GST and commercial tax imposotion, KFCC needs potential and strong person to strongly hold the KFCC and KFi and this can be only done by Sa Ra Govindu." 

    Jaggesh highlighted that it was Govindu who fought for the multiplex tickets tariff to be cut down to Rs 200 and also appreciated the struggle he went through to do that.

    Kc Ashok, reminded everyone about the help Sa Ra GovinU did to the members of Okkuta and other sister organisations.

    Sa Ra Govindu, was over whelmed by the support from media and people from the industry said that the final and mutual decision will be taken on June 14th in the General body meeting.

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