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  • Sa Ra Govindu Promises Memorial For Soldier Sandeep Shetti

    sa ra govindu promises memorial for soldier sandeep shetti

    Sa Ra Govindu and his friends including producers Praveen Kumar MG Ramamurthy, NM Suresh, KM Veeresh, Ramesh Yadav, Bhojaraj and others met the family members of soldier Sandeep Kumar Shetti at his native village Devihalli in Hassan.

    sa_ra_govindu_soilder_1sand.jpgSandeep is one of the soldiers who died in Jammu and Kashmir last week after an avalanche struck the Indian Army camp at Gurez Valley. Sandeep was only 28 years old and was in the Indian army for 8 years. 

    sa_ra_govindu_soilder_2sand.jpgGovindu and the producers met his parents Puttaraju and Gangamma and his sister. They have promised to build a memorial including a statue for Sandeep in the village. Govindu and the producers met the parents and made the promise in their personal capacities and not as representatives of the KFCC.

  • Chitraloka App Released

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    Chitraloka.com is one of the pioneers in using technology and now after reaching through website, facebook, twitter and other sources, Chitraloka is also available in app.
    Yes, Chitraloka is available in app version also and can be downloaded through Play Store in any smart phones and in App store for IOS. The apps will also have many sections including News, Reviews, Controversies, Scoop News and other sections and the users can directly log on to app to find latest news of the Kannada film industry.


    The apps will also have many sections including News, Reviews, Controversies, Scoop News and other sections and the users can directly log on to app to find latest news of the Kannada film industry

    App was developed by eReleGo company who is the pioneer in the market. Chitraloka thank Sudheer, Prashanth and team for the developing the wonderful App to chitraloka.Actor Anup Govindu son of KFCC president, pro Kannada activist and senior producer Sa Ra Govindu released the app amidst a huge gathering at the KSCA on Sunday night.

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  • Chitraloka Editor Gets Media Academy Award

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    KM Veeresh the editor of Chitraloka.com has been selected for the Karnataka Madyama Academy (Media Academy) Award. He has won the Aragini Award in category of best film journalist. A total of 43 awards have been announced for journalists from across Karnataka.

    Veeresh started his career in Kreedabhimani and Abhimani newspapers as a sports journalist. He switched to film journalism after that. In a pleasant coincidence for Veeresh, the Aragini Award is constituted by Abhimani Prakashana where he started his career decades ago.

    The Academy has only announced the list of awardees and said that the chief minister and other dignitaries will be invited for the award distribution function. The date for it has not been announced.




  • Chitraloka.Com 17th Birthday Celebrated

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    The 17th birthday of Sandalwood’s most trusted website Chitraloka.com’s 17th birthday was celebrated at KSCA on Sunday night in grand style. Ravi Hegade group editor of Udayavani, Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Sa Ra Govindu, past presidents H D Gangaraju, K V Chandrashekha, Thomas D’Souza, B Vijayakumar and others were present at the occasion.

    Ravi Hegade recalled the launch of Chitraloka.com and said that Chitraloka.com is not only a leading website of Kannada cinema, but also highly updated in terms of technology also. ‘Chitraloka.com has been consistently updating in terms of technology. The website has been delivering exclusive as well as breaking news from the beginning and I remember it was Chitraloka which blasted the news of Dr Rajakumar’s kidnap. Veeresh rang me in the early morning and it was he who gave me the news of Dr Rajakumar’s kidnap. Apart from that also, Chitraloka has been giving many exclusive news which even won't get. Moreover chitraloka is a industry friendly and never goes behind the controversies said Ravi Hegade.

    KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu lauded Veeresh’s effort in building the website and reaching Kannada film industry’s news to international audience. Producer Ganesh anchored the programme while, many producers including Dinesh Gandhi, Umesh Banakar, M G Ramamurthy, Ba Ma Harish, Karisubbu, Bharath Jain, Ramesh Kashyap, Ajay Kumar and others were present at the occasion.

  • Darshan's Respect For His First Producer - Km Veeresh Writes

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    Darshan does not show his emotions in the open. I had a chance to witness first hand how he treats and respects people who have supported him. 

    Recently I had been to Challenging Star Darshan's office the "Thoogudeepa" distribution office in Gandhinagar with Majestic movie producer MG Ramamurthy and his friends. When we entered the chamber Darshan was sitting in his chair and Majestic movie director PN Sathya was also there. As soon as Darshan saw MG Ramamurthy he immediately stood up and greeted him and forced him to sit on his chair. Ramamurthy who is very soft spoken was shy and refused to sit on that chair. Darshan said "you are the person who gave me life from Majestic and because of that I'm here and you are my Annadata  and you have to sit on that chair otherwise I will stand and talk with you." There was no other choice for Ramamurthy and he sat in that chair and Darshan pulled a plastic chair and sat on that.

    I have visited Thoogudeep office many times before. Whenever I have gone there the Boss' chair was mostly vacant. Apart from Darshan the only other person who uses it  sometimes is Dinakar Toogudeepa when he comes to the office. Darshan's associate Mallikarjun sits next to that chair and I had asked him many times when Darshan would come there to sit on that Boss chair. Mallikarjun used to smile and said even he doesn't know.

    On that day when I went with Ramamurthy in a casual talk with Darshan I asked when asked how many times he has come to Gandhinagar office. He said it was only his second visit. "I first entered this office when we inaugurated the office during Bul Bul distribution." Dinakar has kept a film box and on that an idol of Saibaba. When asked him which movie box it is Dinakar said it was Bul Bul reel and that pooja is conducted for it and Saibaba everyday.

  • Helicopter Ride With Nata Bhayankara - Editorial

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    Air travel is not new to me and I have had the opportunity to travel to different countries. But in all these years I never had the chance to travel in a helicopter. This opportunity came this week from Bigg Boss winner Pratham.

    Pratham had planned to shoot a scene using a helicopter for his film Nata Bhayankara. He had discussed it with me sometime ago. During the discussion stage itself it was planned to do a Facebook Live from Chitraloka page when the shooting from helicopter took place. The original plan was to fly from Jakkur airport.

    Pratham managed to get the helicopter from Shyamanur Mallikarjun and had the schedule planned for the shooting.

    natabhayankara_helicop2.jpgPratham called me on 28th and informed that the shooting will be held on 29th. I was under the impression that it will be in Jakkur airport and told Pratham I would come to Jakkur in the morning. Pratham then said that the shooting will at Mysore and requested me to come for the shooting. I was shocked when he sent me the documents on my WhatsApp. It was the permission letters from different departments. I was surprised as to how he managed to get the permission from various departments during this time when there is election code of conduct.

    On the morning of 29th April,  Pratham had come to my place and we went to HAL airport in my car. We had not had our breakfast. On reaching the HAL airport at 9 AM we asked the officials there about the availability of food. They said we have to go back to the main road and find a hotel. We came back to an hotel nearby and ordered food. Hotel owner recognised Pratham and was not willing to take money from us. But we forced him to accept it and came back to the airport. The film's heroine Sahar Afsha joined us there. I took the car from the security and drove near the helicopter. But I was told that there is no parking space near by. I had to drive back to the parking lot. There was another car that would take us near the chopper. 

    We boarded the helicopter and I started shooting from my mobile. I noticed that Pratham was not smiling. Out pilot name was Mr Prakash. Actress Sahar Afsha was in a thrilling mood when the helicopter took off since it was her first trip on a chopper. I was interested in checking what all was there inside the chopper. I noticed a Note pad with details showing the places where we were flying! Within minutes it was showing Ramanagara, Chennapatna…. When the chopper was passing through the clouds Pratham was shaken and shivering.

    natabhayankara_helicop3.jpgMeanwhile I was looking at my mobile for the available network. Jio mobile signal was available at some places and once I started the Facebook live from our Chitraloka page. But within few minutes I lost the signal. When we reached Mysore I got good Jio signal and immediately went LIVE in the air itself.  When we landed at Lalith Mahal Helipad I was still in live my Mysuru friend and also a senior journalist KJ Kumar was calling me on my other mobile which I could not attend. After the Live feed I called Kumar and he congratulated me saying that I was the first Kannada film journalist who has travelled in a chopper and doing a Live session  in Facebook. I asked him to come to the film shooting location and he came to the spot within one hour. I asked the pilot at what altitude we were travelling. He told we were 5,000 feet from the sea level and around 2,000 ft from ground level. It took us 35 minutes to fly to Mysuru from Bengaluru.

    Shooting for the movie Nata Bhayankara started and I got busy shooting the videos and photos. Pratham had permission till 3 PM to shoot at the helipad. Time was nearing and Pratham was a little tense since he had lost something. Finally with a little delay the shooting finished and we boarded the chopper and were travelling back to Bengaluru and landed at HAL Airport. There was no time for us to have lunch and Pratham and all of us were hungry.

    This was one of the memorable experiences for all of us. Thanks to Pratham for providing this opportunity to me.

  • Industry's Gift To Chitraloka

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    The film industry has given the biggest gift possible to Chitraloka on its 19th birthday. On the day the oldest and the largest portal on Kannada films celebrated its birthday, its editor KM Veeresh was elected as the Honorary Treasurer of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, the apex body of the Kannada film industry. Veeresh has served in the executive committee of the KFCC earlier. This was his first attempt for a post in the office bearers. 

    A day later today, KM Veeresh took charge along with the other senior members who have won the election including senior producer Chinne Gowda who is the new president. Veeresh thanked all the members who have voted in his favor and got him elected as Treasurer. Veeresh started his career as a sports journalist and then became a photo-journalist for Kannada films. He has been the editor of Chitraloka.Com since its inception in 1999. He also started Chitraloka Publication and Chitraloka Movies for movie production.

  • Jaggesh Deserves To Win - KM Veeresh Writes

    jaggesh deserves to win - editorial

    I did not gain the acquaintance of Jaggesh because he is an actor. I know him from much earlier. In fact, from my childhood. We are from the same school. He was me senior at the BP Indian school in Malleswaram. He was very active and popular among the students in school. Later Jaggesh took up acting and I took up journalism.

    When I was working in Mangala magazine as a photographer I was assigned to take photos for the magazine's cover page. A photo of Jaggesh that I had clicked appeared on Mangala's cover page. After the publication Jaggesh met me and said thanks. He was also suprised about the publication of his photo. He said he was passing through Malleswaram 18th cross and happened to see the Mangala magazine with him on the cover page. He was surprised at it since it was not only his first coverpage photo in a magazine but he did not know it was coming. 

    As he was an actor, it was only natural that I got many opportunities to click his photos. Our friendship also grew stronger. As he has explained in many interviews, his struggle in the industry was very hard and the success he got was all due to this struggle. Here I am not going to repeat things about his film career or the film industry but his dedication and nature of helping others. 

    jaggesh_sa_ra_govindu.jpgJaggesh understands friends problem and comes to support immediately. 23 years back when now KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu wife Smt Gayathri got expired (5/5/1996) Sa Ra Govindu went into depression and did not come outside for nearly 6 months. Jaggesh and Sa Ra Govindu are family friends. During this time Jaggesh and his wife Smt Parimala Jaggesh went to Govindu house and was shocked to see him with beard. Jaggesh immediately convinced Sa Ra Govindu to do a movie immediately and called director H Vasu and told him to start the shooting within one week. It was Veeranna which became superhit later. Jaggesh had fixed the shooting location to Mysore so that Sa Ra Govindu would come out from depression when he is out of station. But Sa Ra govindu without telling to Jaggesh used to drive to Bengaluru every day and back drive to Mysore in the morning for the shooting. Govindu did not want to Mis his kids everyday. From there Sa Ra Govindu life got a different turn and it was because of Jaggesh motivation during that depression time. I used to visit Jaggesh's house often. He was fond of inviting friends from the media to his house for parties. 

    At his home in Malleshwaram his family members (Jaggesh, Parimala Jaggesh, Yethiraj, Gururaj) used to sit at the dining table to eat. That dining table was specially designed on specifications given by Jaggesh and he also had a cot made for his kids. This was a two-storied bed, with one above the other. This is a common design for cots now but Jaggesh had it designed more than 20 years ago. His first priority was always his family.

    Jaggesh was not earning big money. His remuneration for several years remained minimu. But even with the little earning, he would financially help others. He had his own way fo checking whether those seeking help were worthy of it. 

    With the arrival of mobile phones in the 1990s I had purchased a handset. Mobile phones were very expensive then. He had come to my house one evening. We were talking and went for a walk. Some thief stole my mobile and ran away with it. Jaggesh who was with me, told me not to worry. He gave me one of his own handsets. 

    jaggesh_rajarao.jpgAnother incident dates back 18 years. One journalist by name Rajarao was an honest person but had not made any money in life. All he had earned was respect from everyone. He had retired from Samyuktha Karnataka. Me and Rajarao were very close and knew each others' personal details. After working an entire lifetime, he did not even have a single site. When I had told this to Jaggesh, he immediately said he will give a site to such a gentlemen. On Jaggesh's birthday there was a function at Sriramapura. Jaggesh had called Rajarao and on the stage he gifted him a site. Rajarao was in tears.

    Not only for journalists, Jaggesh has helped so many people. But he never publicly shares such details. He would say that whatever help is done should not be told to others. When he was an MLC he has provided help to the maximum number of people possible. 

    But strangely, I have witnessed some incidents in which Jaggesh has helped others but got blame in return. Here is one example.Once when I had gone to Abbaiah Naidu studio, Jaggesh was shooting for a film. Casually we were talking and I told him about a film journalist who had met with an accident. That journalist was also known to Jaggesh. After that Jaggesh asked me how his financial condition was. I told him that this journalist worke for Samyuktha Karnataka and his salary was not much. Jaggesh immediately called a person and asked him to give Rs 10,000 and requested the director to permit him for one hour to go out and come back. 

    Jaggesh and I went to that journalist's house but were surprised that he had gone to work. Jaggesh handed out the amount to his wife and told to give to him. She was surprised and asked what it was. Jaggesh told her that he was supposed to pay him and was giving it then. Later that journalist called me and thanked me and Jaggesh for helping. Later they became close and after sometime that same journalist started writing against Jaggesh. Later Jaggesh gave a complaint letter to that magazine editor about him.

    Very recently another incident happened. Jaggesh had gone to help someone in Malleshwaram. But without knowing why he was there, some people blamed him for something he was not responsible for. Whenever there is the issue of Kannada language, Jaggesh is at the forefront. He has always raised his voice for the cause of Kannada. 

    Now Jaggesh is contensting from the Yeshwanthpur constituency from BJP. Many in the film industry want him to win so that he can continue to do more good. Chitraloka wishes friend Jaggesh to come out victorious.

  • K M Veeresh’s 50th Birthday Celebrated

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    It’s a triple function at KSCA on Sunday and apart from Chitraloka’s 17th birthday and Chitraloka’s app release, the birthday of Chitraloka.com’s K M Veeresh was also celebrated on the same occasion.One of the highlights was, it was Veeresh’s 50th birthday and his friends from film fraternity celebrated the birthday in style.


    Many of Veeresh’s friends including Sa Ra Govindu, H D Gangaraju, K V Chandrashekhar, Thomas D’Souza, B Vijayakumar, Ganesh  Dinesh Gandhi, Umesh Banakar, M G Ramamurthy, Ba Ma Harish, Karisubbu, Bharath Jain, Ramesh Kashyap and others were present at the occasion apart from family members of Veeresh.

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  • KM Veeresh Gets Prestigious Kempegowda Award

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    Chitraloka.Com editor KM Veeresh has been bestowed with the Kempegowda Award given by the BBMP to citizens of Bengaluru who have excelled in a given field. Veeresh wins the award for his film industry. In 2016 Veeresh had produced a movie Actor directed by Dayal Padmanabhan. 

    Veeresh established Chitraloka, the first portal on Kannada films 19 years ago. He is a well known photojournalist and started his career as a sports photographer before turning to political and film photography. 

    As editor of Chitraloka he is in the middle of the transformation of journalism from print to television to online.

  • KM Veeresh Honored At State Award

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    Chitraloka.Com Editor and publisher KM Veeresh received the prestigious State award from the Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah in the function held this evening at GKVK convention hall.

    This is the third time KM Veeresh has entered  the State Award function on the stage. First was for the Co-produced movie Kada Beladingalu movie which go State award and again for the national award for the same movie held at Shimoga.

    In the State Award List for the year 2014 journalist Udaya a marakini was announced and columnist Udaya Marakini written Touch screen book and published by Chitraloka was also awarded.

    Due to health issues, Udaya Marakini's daughter received the award instead.

  • Ready For Actor Tomorrow

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    The film Actor, produced by Chitraloka.com editor KM Veeresh will be screened at the 9th Bengaluru International Film Festival on Friday. It will be screened in both Begaluru and Mysuru tomorrow. In Orion Mall, PVR in Bengaluru it will be screened at 2.20 pm in Screen 4. In Mall of Mysore, INOX, it will be screend in screen 2 at 10.10 am. 

    Actor, directed by Dayal Padmanabhan is one of the most acclaimed films of Kannada in the last year. The film stars Naveen Krishna in the lead role and has a minimalist characters. The film was widely appreciated critically and was praised for its portrayal of an actor's life.

    The festival lists the film's synopsis thus: "The film is a view into the life of a once successful actor, Sanjay. He undergoes mental and physical traumas due to his series of failures.  He looks at delivering quality products in terms of content and performance, ends up with 2-3 films that do not do well at the box-office. This affects his psyche and what this process of failure zoning has done to him forms the crux of the story.  Lessons for life or mere rescues can come from anybody. How Sanjay’s much valued maid offers this lesson to rejuvenate his state of mind is the significant part of the feature."

    The film made its premier at last year's BIFFES under the world premier and this time is in the competition section. In the meantime, it was released commercially in theatres winning the appreciation of the audience.

  • Sa Ra Govindu In Hampi After 30 Years

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    KFCC president and Sandalwood film producer has a nostalgic moment in Hampi this week. He was visiting the historic site after 30 years. The last time was when is was producing the film Belli Kalungura. That was Govindu's second film as producer.  


    Since than he has produced many more films and so many years have passed. But he never got a chance to visit Hampi again till this week. He recalled his earlier visit to chitraloka editor KM Veeresh and other friends this time.

    When Sa Ra Govindu entered Vijaya Vittala temple many people came and wished him and told him that they had worked with him during Belli Kalungara shooting there.

  • Sri Raghavendra Chitravani Awards Function Today

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    Sri Raghavendra Chitravani awards for the year 2015 and 2016 will be given away today evening in Bangalore and actor-politican Ambarish, Jaggesh, music director Hamsalekha and others will be attending the function as chief guests and will be giving away the awards.

    The Raghavendra Chitravani awards were constituted by Late Pro D V Sudheendra and has been awarding producers and journalists since then. Apart from these two awards many others have constituted awards under the Sri Raghavendra Chitravani banner and has been giving awards for many years.

    One of the highlights of this year function is, K M Veeresh of Chitraloka.com has organised a photo exhibition of D V Sudheendra on this occasion.

  • Sridevi said click only two photos! – KM Veeresh Experience

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    Actress Sridevi who shot to fame in Telugu and Tamil industries and later ruled Bollywood film industry had an heart attack and expired earlier today in Dubai.

    Being a photo journalist in Bengaluru, I had the opportunity to click her photos only once. In 1995 Sridevi and Anil Kapoor were shooting for a Bollywood film in Bengaluru's Abhiman Studio. I got this information and went straight to Abhiman studio. It was a break time and Sridevi was sitting with Anil Kapoor. I approached her and requested that I need some pics of her for magazines. She told me to come the next day.

    I returned the next day with my camera. She had not expected that I would return on the time she had told. She said let’s take photos after the film shot. That shot took nearly two hours. After that she called me and said that she will pose for only two clicks. I agreed and we went inside the shooting sets and I selected a place where the lighting was good and she stood there posing. I managed to click 5-6 snaps within seconds.

    My friend Srinivasan who runs the monthly magazine Hamsa Raaga was a big fan of Sridevi. I used to provide cover photos for that magazine. Whenever we used to meet he would always talk about Sridevi. Such was his devotion to her. After clicking photos of Sridevi I got some of the photos printed and took it to him. I was eager to see his reaction. I showed him all the the photos I had taken along except photos of Sridevi which I had kept in a separate cover. He has selected all the pics and I asked him how much he will pay if I gave him one extraordinary photo.  For every cover page photo, he used pay me Rs. 150. He said he would pay whatever I asked for the "extraordinary" photo. Slowly I opened the cover containing photos of Sridevi and once he saw that they were the photos of his favourite star Sridevi he was shocked and jumped from his seat. He was ready to pay me Rs 1,000 but I took the same amount what he used to pay me for the other photos. Once the HamsaRaga issue came out with Sridevi's cover page it was a big hit and literally sold like hot cakes, revealed Srinivasan. Later I had given the same photo to many other magazines and all were superhit. Later I had given Sridevi photos to many magazines which got published in their Cover pages.

    Crazy star Ravichandran was also a fan of Sridevi. He wanted to cast her in one of his films but he was not able to obtain her shooting dates. Ravichandran was regularly trying to cast her and for a particular movie Sridevi had agreed to act in the Kannada movie. But the remuneration demanded by her resulted in the pan being dropped. The amount she had asked was Rs 50 lakhs. During those days many movies would have completed their entire shooting with that amount.

  • ಇಂತಹ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಗೆಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ಹೇಗೆ..? - ಕೆ ಎಂ ವೀರೇಶ್

    jaggesh deserves to win

    ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್, ನಿಮಗೆಲ್ಲ ಗೊತ್ತಿರುವ ಹಾಗೆ ಒಬ್ಬ ಕಲಾವಿದ. ಹೀಗೆ ಬಂದು ಹಾಗೆ ಹೋಗುವ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್, ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಏರಿರುವ ಎತ್ತರ ಸಣ್ಣದೇನಲ್ಲ. ರಾಯರನ್ನು ಆರಾಧಿಸುವ, ರಾಜ್‍ಕುಮಾರ್‍ರನ್ನು ಪ್ರಾಣಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಪ್ರೀತಿಸುವ, ಕನ್ನಡವನ್ನ ಹೃದಯದಲ್ಲಿಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ನಟ. ಆದರೆ, ನಾನೀಗ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಲೈಫ್ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೇಳಿ ಬೋರ್ ಹೊಡೆಸೋದಿಲ್ಲ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಲೈಫ್ ಅನ್ನೋದು ತೆರೆದ ಪುಸ್ತಕವಿದ್ದಹಾಗೆ. ಇದು ನಾ ಕಂಡ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಕಥೆ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರ ಮಾನವೀಯ, ಹೃದಯವಂತಿಕೆಯ ಕಥೆ. 

    ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಮತ್ತು ನನ್ನ ಪರಿಚಯ ಕೇವಲ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ ಹಾಗೂ ನಟನ ನಡುವಿನ ಸಂಬಂಧಕ್ಕಷ್ಟೇ ಸೀಮಿತ ಅಲ್ಲ. ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ರನ್ನು ನಾನು ಚಿಕ್ಕಂದಿನಿಂದಲೂ ಬಲ್ಲೆ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಶಾಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನನಗೆ ಸೀನಿಯರ್. ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂನ ಬಿಪಿ ಸ್ಕೂಲ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದಾಗಿನಿಂದಲೂ ನೋಡಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಸದಾ ಪಟಾಕಿಯಂತೆ ಸಿಡಿಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಆಗಲೂ ಬೆರಗು... ಈಗಲೂ ಬೆರಗು...

    ನಾನು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತನಾದರೆ, ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಕಲಾವಿದನಾದರು. ನಾನಾಗ ಮಂಗಳ ಮ್ಯಾಗಜಿನ್‍ಗೆ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ದಿನಗಳು. ಮಂಗಳ ಮ್ಯಾಗಜಿನ್‍ನ ಕವರ್‍ಪೇಜ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರ ಫೋಟೋ ಬಂದಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ, ಅದನ್ನು ನಾನು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ಗೆ ಹೇಳಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂ 18ನೇ ಕ್ರಾಸ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ಕವರ್ ಪೇಜ್ ನೋಡಿದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್, ಥ್ರಿಲ್ಲಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಏಕೆಂದರೆ ಕವರ್‍ಪೇಜ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರ ಫೋಟೋ ಬಳಸಿದ್ದು ಅದೇ ಪ್ರಥಮವಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಅದು ಅವರಿಗೆ ಅಚ್ಚರಿಯ ಉಡುಗೊರೆಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ನಂತರ ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಹುಡುಕಿಕೊಂಡು ಥ್ಯಾಂಕ್ಸ್ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದರು.

    ನನ್ನ ಮತ್ತು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ನಡುವೆ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ ಹಾಗೂ ಕಲಾವಿದನ ನಡುವಣ ಸಂಬಂಧಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಬಾಂಧವ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿಯೇ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ರನ್ನು ನಾನು ಹತ್ತಿರದಿಂದ ನೋಡಿ ಬಲ್ಲೆ. ಅವರ ಹೃದಯವಂತಿಕೆಗೆ ಬೆರಗಾಗಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಅವರ ಹತ್ತಿರದವರು ಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದರೆ, ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಯಾವತ್ತೂ ಸುಮ್ಮನಿದ್ದವರಲ್ಲ. ತಮ್ಮ ಕೈಲಾದ ಸಹಾಯವನ್ನು ಎಷ್ಟು ಸಾಧ್ಯವೋ ಅಷ್ಟು.. ಎಷ್ಟೋ ಬಾರಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಕೈ ಮೀರಿ ಮಾಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹಾಗೆಂದು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಕೋಟಿ ಕೋಟಿ ದುಡಿದವರೇನಲ್ಲ. ಕೆಲವು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದಿನವರೆಗೂ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅಷ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡ ಮೊತ್ತವನ್ನೇನೂ ಪಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಇವತ್ತಿಗೂ ಅವರ ಬಳಿ ಬೌನ್ಸ್ ಆದ ಅದೆಷ್ಟೋ ಚೆಕ್ಕುಗಳು ದೂಳು ಹಿಡಿಯುತ್ತಿವೆ.  ಹೀಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದವರನ್ನು ಆತುಕೊಳ್ಳೋದ್ರಲ್ಲಿ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಹಿಂದೆ ಬಿದ್ದವರಲ್ಲ.

    ಸುಮಾರು 23 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ, ಫಿಲ್ಮ್ ಚೇಂಬರ್ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಸಾ.ರಾ.ಗೋವಿಂದು ಅವರ ಪತ್ನಿ ನಿಧನರಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಗೋವಿಂದು ಅವರು ಎಷ್ಟರಮಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಖಿನ್ನತೆಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದರೆಂದರೆ, ಶೇವ್ ಕೂಡಾ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಆಗಾಗ್ಗೆ ಅವರ ಮನೆಗೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಸಾಂತ್ವನ ಹೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ಗೆ 6 ತಿಂಗಳಾದರೂ ಸಾ.ರಾ.ಗೋವಿಂದು, ಖಿನ್ನತೆಯಿಂದ ಹೊರಬರಲಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಗೊತ್ತಾಯಿತೋ, ತಕ್ಷಣ ಅವರನ್ನು ಕೆಲಸದಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಗಿಸಲು ಮುಂದಾದರು. ಗೋವಿಂದು ಅವರನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕರನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿ, ವಾಸು ಅವರನ್ನು ಕರೆದು ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ವಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಶುರು ಮಾಡುವಂತೆ ತಾಕೀತು ಮಾಡಿದರು. ಆಗ ಬಂದಿದ್ದೇ ವೀರಣ್ಣ ಚಿತ್ರ. ಆಗಿನ ಕಾಲಕ್ಕೆ ಸೂಪರ್ ಹಿಟ್. ಸಾ.ರಾ.ಗೋವಿಂದು ಅವರನ್ನು ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನಿಂದ ಹೊರತರಲೆಂದೇ ಮೈಸೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಲೊಕೇಷನ್ ಫಿಕ್ಸ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಶೂಟ್ ಮಾಡಿಸಿದ್ದರು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್. ಆದರೆ, ಮಕ್ಕಳನ್ನು ಬಿಟ್ಟಿರಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲದ ಸಾ.ರಾ.ಗೋವಿಂದು ಪ್ರತಿದಿನ ಮೈಸೂರಿನಿಂದ ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿಗೆ ಸ್ವತಃ  ಡ್ರೈವ್ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಿ ಬರುತ್ತಿದ್ದರು. ಅದು ಬೇರೆ ವಿಷಯ.

    1990ರಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗಿನ್ನೂ ಮೊಬೈಲ್ ಕಣ್ಣು ಬಿಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಕಾಲ. ಮೊಬೈಲ್‍ಗಳೋ ದುಬಾರಿ. ಅಂತಹಾ ಮೊಬೈಲ್ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಜೊತೆ ವಾಕಿಂಗ್ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾಗ ಕಳ್ಳನೊಬ್ಬ ನನ್ನ ಮೊಬೈಲ್‍ನ್ನು ಎಗರಿಸಿಬಿಟ್ಟ. ಕಳ್ಳ ಮೊಬೈಲ್‍ನೊಂದಿಗೆ ಓಡಿ ಹೋದ ಆ ಸಂಜೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನನ್ನ ಜೊತೆ ಇದ್ದವರು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್. ಆಗ ತಮ್ಮದೇ ಮೊಬೈಲ್‍ನ್ನು ನನಗೆ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ನೆರವಾಗಿದ್ದವರು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್.

    ಇನ್ನು ಸುಮಾರು 18 ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ರಾಜಾರಾವ್ ಎಂಬ ಹಿರಿಯ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರು ಸಂಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದರು. ಅವರು ತಮ್ಮ ವೃತ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗೌರವವನ್ನು ಸಂಪಾದಿಸಿದ್ದರೇ ಹೊರತು, ಹಣವನ್ನಲ್ಲ. ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಿಂದ ನಿವೃತ್ತರಾದ ಆ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ ಒಂದು ಸೈಟಾದರೂ ಇದ್ದರೆ ಸಹಾಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು ಎಂದು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಬಳಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದೆನಷ್ಟೆ.. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ತಮ್ಮದೊಂದು ಸೈಟ್‍ನ್ನು ರಾಜಾರಾವ್‍ಗೆ ಕಾಣಿಕೆಯಾಗಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು. ಶ್ರೀರಾಂಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಹುಟ್ಟುಹಬ್ಬದ ದಿನ, ಸೈಟ್‍ನ ಉಡುಗೊರೆ ಪಡೆದ ರಾಜಾರಾವ್ ಕಣ್ಣಲ್ಲಿದ್ದುದು ಆನಂದ ಬಾಷ್ಪ.

    ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲ, ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರಿಂದ ನೆರವು ಪಡೆದವರು ಒಬ್ಬಿಬ್ಬರಲ್ಲ. ನೂರಾರು ಜನ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ರ ನೂರಾರು ಹಸ್ತಗಳಿಗೆ ನಾನು ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ. ಆದರೆ, ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಹೊರಗೆ ಹೇಳಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಬಯಸದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್, ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ಆತ್ಮಸಂತೃಪ್ತಿಗೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೇನೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಶಾಸಕರಾಗಿದ್ದಾಗಲಂತೂ ಅದೆಷ್ಟು ಜನರಿಗೆ ನೆರವು ನೀಡಿದರೊ.. ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡುವ ಶಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ದೇವರು ಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವಾಗ ಮಾಡಿಬಿಡಬೇಕು ಅನ್ನೋದು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಪಾಲಿಸಿ. ಹಾಗೆ ನೆರವು ಪಡೆದವರ ಹಾರೈಕೆಗಳು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಅವರನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡುತ್ತಿವೆ ಅನ್ನೋದು ನಿಜ. ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ನೆರವು ನೀಡಿಯೂ ಕೃತಜ್ಞತೆಯಿಲ್ಲದವರು ಮಾಡಿದ ಅವಮಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದೂ ಇದೆ.

    ಸಂಯುಕ್ತ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಹಿರಿಯ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಆಕ್ಸಿಡೆಂಟ್ ಆಗಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಸುದ್ದಿ ಬಂತು. ವಿಷಯ ತಿಳಿದಾಗ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಶೂಟಿಂಗ್‍ನಲ್ಲಿದ್ದರು. ಅಪಘಾತದ ಸುದ್ದಿ ತಿಳಿದವರೇ, ಅವರ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸ್ಥಿತಿಗತಿ ಹೇಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ನನ್ನನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿದರು. ಕಷ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ, ಸಹಾಯದ ಅವಶ್ಯಕತೆಯಿದೆ ಎಂದಾಗ, ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕರನ್ನು ಕೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು ಒಂದು ಗಂಟೆ ಬಿಡುವು ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತನ ಮನೆಗೆ ದೌಡಾಯಿಸಿದರು. ಆದರೆ, ಅಲ್ಲೇನಿದೆ... ಆಕ್ಸಿಡೆಂಟ್ ಆಗಿದೆ ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ ನೆಮ್ಮದಿಯಾಗಿ ಕೆಲಸಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದ. ವಾಸ್ತವದ ಅರಿವಾದ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಹಾಗೆಯೇ ವಾಪಸ್ ಬರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ತಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ 10 ಸಾವಿರ ರೂ. ಹಣವನ್ನು ಅವರ ಪತ್ನಿಯ ಕೈಗಿಟ್ಟು, ಸಹಾಯ ಎಂದು ಕೂಡಾ ಹೇಳದೆ, ನಾನೇ ಕೊಡಬೇಕಿತ್ತು ಎಂದು ಹೇಳಿ ಬಂದರು.

    ಆದರೆ, ಹಣ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಿದ ದಿನ ನನಗೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ಗೆ ಫೋನ್ ಮಾಡಿ ಕಣ್ಣೀರು ಸುರಿಸಿದ್ದ ಅದೇ ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತ, ಕೆಲವೇ ವರ್ಷಗಳ ನಂತರ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಕಪೋಕಲ್ಪಿತ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಿರುಕುಳ ಕೊಡಲು ಶುರು ಮಾಡಿದ್ದ. ಆತನನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸಿದ್ದು ಕಾನೂನಿನ ಮೂಲಕ. ಆತ ಕೆಲಸ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಪತ್ರಿಕೆಯ ಸಂಪಾದಕರಿಗೆ ದೂರು ಕೊಟ್ಟು, ಆತನನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸಬೇಕಾಯ್ತು.

    ತೀರಾ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಮಲ್ಲೇಶ್ವರಂನಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ಪರಿಚಯದವರೊಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ ಸಹಾಯ ಮಾಡಲು ಹೋಗಿ ವಿವಾದವೊಂದನ್ನು ಮೈಮೇಲೆಳೆದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದರು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಕಾನೂನಿನ ಮೊರೆ ಹೋಗಿದ್ದರೆ, ಅವರ ಎದುರಾಳಿಗಳು ಸೋಷಿಯಲ್ ಮೀಡಿಯಾ ಮೊರೆಹೋಗಿದ್ದರು. ಕೊನೆಗೂ ಅದನ್ನು ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಗೆದ್ದಿದ್ದು ಕಾನೂನಿನ ಮೂಲಕವೇ.

    ಕನ್ನಡದ ವಿಚಾರ ಬಂದಾಗ ಸದಾ ಧ್ವನಿಯೆತ್ತುವ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್, ಹೃದಯವಂತ. ಹೋರಾಟಗಾರ. ಅಂತಹ ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಈಗ ಯಶವಂತಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಅಭ್ಯರ್ಥಿ. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್‍ರಂತಹವರು ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಗೆಲ್ಲಬೇಕು. ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗದ ನೂರಾರು ಜನರ ಬಯಕೆ ಇದು. ಚಿತ್ರಲೋಕದ ಹಾರೈಕೆಯೂ ಅದೇ.. ಜಗ್ಗೇಶ್ ಗೆಲ್ಲಲಿ. 


The Terrorist Movie Gallery

Thayige Thakka Maga Movie Gallery