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  • Another Blow To South Film Industries; AWBI Moves To Haryana

    animal welfare board of india moves to haryana

    South India produces the maximum number of films in India. Tamil and Telugu are producing 250 plus films every year while Kannada has also started producing more than 200 films per year in the last few years. Malayalam is also producing over 100 films per year. Other than these industries, Hindi is the only big industry in India. The rest of them like Marathi, Bengali, Bhojpuri etc have smaller presence. Moreover the Hindi and Marathi film industries are in Mumbai which are as close to south India as they are to Delhi. So it was not only convenient but practical to have the Animal Welfare Board of India head office in south India. Since its inception in the 1960s it was functioning from Chennai. There was no problem for anyone. Films have to take permission from AWBI to use animals in the films. 

    AWBI also has many other functions apart from giving permission for films to use animals. But in a surprising and strange development AWBI is moving to Haryana (Faridabad district) near Delhi. There is no reason or explanation given for this shift. The presence of AWBI was convenient to everyone especially the film industries. 

    After the problem faced by the south industries from the digital service providers who used to provide servie to English films free and Hindi films for a nominal price while pricing it high for south Indian films, even a government agency seems to be giving step motherly treatment to them. What will come out of it has to be seen. But sources say that the south film industires as well as some political parties are opposed to shifting the AWBI out of south India to north India. 

     

  • Crucial Meeting On Film Screening Today

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    Representatives of the Kannada and Tamil film industries are holding an important meeting at 3 pm today to decide on the issue of DSPs. The Telugu film industry which was part of the protest against the digital service providers has made a private deal with them and withdrawn. But the Kannada and Tamil industries are gearing up to intensify the protest. There are talks about completely shutting down film activities from next week. 

    Vishal is arriving as the chief representative of the Tamil industry for the talks. Screening of new films have stopped in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu since last week. There are several speculations that is happening. If the DSPs do not agree to reduce their monopolistic prices to normal levels the film industries may think of starting their own DSP. 

    From March 16 the entire film activities including shooting is coming to a stop in Tamil Nadu. The same may happen in Karnataka. Screening of all films may also stop. All this will be decided in the meeting today. The DSPs however are not attending the meeting which is a dampener on the prospects of any solution.

  • Films To Release On March 16th

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    The Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce has arrived a temporary solution for the digital service providers problem and has given a green signal for the producers to release their films. With the green signal from the KFCC, three Kannada films including 'Dandupalya 3', 'Idam Premam Jeevanam' and 'Nanagishta' is all set to release on the 16th of March.

    The war between the KFCC and the UFO and CUBE regarding the price reduction issue has been going on for some weeks and the meeting regarding this has failed. So, the KFCC had decided not to release any Kannada film from the 09th of March and there were no releases last Friday. There was a meeting between the KFCC and Tamil Nadu Film Producers Association on Saturday and it was decided not to release any Kannada films on 16th March also.

    Now a temporary solution has been arrived and Kannada films are all set to release on the 16th of March.

  • Kannada and Tamil industries Join Hands

    sa ra govindu, actor vishal

    The Kannada and Tamil film industries have joined hands to fight the digital service providers against discriminatory pricing. There will be no screening of new films in Karnataka till the issue is resolved. In Tamil Nadu the industry has gone a step further and from March 16 there will be no film related activities including screening, shooting and promotional press meets. DSPs UFO and Qube have been told that no new Kannada and Tamil films will be given to them for transferring to the theatres. 

    There are three points on which there is a problem now. One the rates. Kannada industry is demanding reduction of the rates by 50 per cent. The DSPs are agreeing to only 22 percent reduction. The DSPs have also initiated cases against theatres. The film industries have demanded that all these cases have to be withdrawn. The theatres are worth many crores but are held to ransom by providing them with an projector and server worth Rs 4-5 lakhs and making them sign an unequal agreement preventing them from moving to cheaper alternatives and then charging producers exorbitant prices. The third demand is to give freedom to theatres to opt for any DSP they want. As of now a theatre can have only one set of server and projector. But there are several available which are cheaper. The industries are demanding that there should be no monopoly of any one group. As of now UFO and Qube are the two dominant DSPs in Karnataka. Now both of them are on the verge of merging creating a single monopoly. 

    Actor producer Vishal represented Tamil film industry in the meeting with KFCC in Bengaluru today. He was very specific and and said that there will be no film activity whatsoever from March 16. This will go on till the DSPs agree to the demands. The two industries have also said that they will henceforth decide on the future course of action together and will keep each other in the loop about any development. The Telugu film industry which was part of the protest has alone agreed to the proposal of UFO and stopped the protest. The Kannada and Tamil industries have therefore closed ranks. 

    There will be no screening of new films of any language in Karnataka. It is not limited to Kannada and Tamil which are protesting. New Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and English films will also not be screened. Sa Ra Govindu requested all producers and exhibitors to cooperate in the matter. He said exhibitors from across Karnataka including north Karnataka exhibitors under Odugouder and those in Mangaluru will be asked to cooperate unitedly in the issue so that all producers and film makers will benefit. 

  • No new Films From March 2

    kfcc and sifcc meeting

    The Bengaluru meeting of the joint action committee of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce and the digital service providers UFO and Qube has failed. The producers and film industries of South India including Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam wanted the charges to be reduced by 25 percent. The DSP's ordered only 9 percent. 

    The south Indian Film industries have therefore decided not to work with UFO and Qube from March. No new film will be given to these companies. Addressing the media this evening KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu said that from a low of Rs 50 the rates have now reached Rs 27,000 putting a huge burden on producers. The charges was unilaterally increased by the DSPs. He also said that there will be problem for sometime but they have to endure it. New DSPs have already come forward to provide the service at Rs 3,000-4,000 per theatre. This will be a huge relief compared to the Rs 27,000 charged now. 20 minutes of advertisements are also played but no money is given to producers. 

    Films that are already in agreement will not be affected and will be released. Only new negotiations with UFO and Qube will not be held from March 2.

     

  • Producers Support KFCC; No Releases On March 9th

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    If everything had gone right, then eight films including 'Yogi Duniya', 'O Premave', 'Nanagishta', 'Mukhyamantri Kaldodnappo' and others  were supposed to release on the 09th of March. However, the producers have supported the KFCC against UFO and Cube and has withheld the release.

    Yes, the producers have decided to support Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce in the ongoing war against UFO and Cube and has postponed the release of their films by one week. The films which were supposed to release on 09th has been postponed to 16th and the films which were supposed to hit the screens has been postponed one week further.

    On Saturday morning an urgent press conference was called in Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce and many producers came in and pledged their support  to KFCC. President Sa Ra Govindu addressed the press conference.

  • Vishal Offers Role To K Manju - Exclusive

    vishal offers role to producer k manju

    It was a peasant surprise for Kannada producer K Manju. Tamil actor-producer Vishal who had come to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce for a meeting on Saturday saw Manju for the first time there and identified an actor in him. 

    Vishal approached Manju and asked him if he had acted before and if he wished to act in films. Manju has produced over 40 films in Kannada and acted in guest roles in quite a few. He has not done a full fledged character role though. Vishal's enquiry floored him. 

    Vishal did not know about Manju but just looking at him for the first time he was convinced that Manju would make a good actor. He asked if Manju would consider acting in a Tamil film if a role was offered to him. Manju was all smiles and charmed over with the offer.

  • Why South Film Strike Is Important

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    From March 2, tomorrow, there will be new screening of films in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. No new films will release in Tamil Nadu. There will not be screening of films in Kerala for one day and after that no new releases. In Karnataka four Kannada films Sarkar, Preetiya Rayabari, 3000 and Chinnada Gombe will release. But no new films will release after that. Also no non-Kannada films will be releasing in Karnataka. KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu announced that they are completely supporting the SIFCC. 

    As of now only the four south Indian language film industries are supporting this demand against the digital service providers. A big film that releases across Karnataka will have to spend some Rs 50 to Rs 60 lakh on DSPs in a month. Smaller films too will have to spend the same amount if they want a wide release. This amount being paid to DSPs has seen a huge increase in the last few years. From a couple of thousand rupees per week per theater, it has reached up to Rs 27,000 per week per theatre. This applies even when there is only one show per day in that theatre. The producer who pays rent to the theater also pays for the DSPs. So the producer is sharing the income on his product with the theatres and DSPs apart from the investment he has made on the product itself. 

    On the other hand the DSPs don't share the money they make from the advertisements shown during the film with the producers. All that the producers have asked is to reduce the rates to reasonable levels. It is just 25 percent. But DSPs who have created a monopoly are adamant. That's the reason for the deadlock.

  • Will Film Screening Stop from March 1? - Exclusive

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    The deadline to the decision to stop screening of films in South India from March 1 is nearing. The decision was first taken by Telugu Film Chamber of Commerce in December last year and was supported by the Tamil industry and finally the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce. The Kannada film industry is yet to take a decision. But with the South Indian chamber supporting the cause it may follow suit. 

    Major problems Chitraloka was told are these –

    The problem is with digital service providers who beam the films to theatres via satellite. They are charging exorbitant charges allege film makers. The service providers like Qube and UFO have also locked theatres in a 10 years lease not allowing other provides to be deployed thereby creating a monopoly. Film makers have tried to settle the issue through talks but till now none of the service providers have come forward for talks it is said. 

    The KFCC is expected to take a decision on the stopping of screening and film activities from March 1 shortly.

     

  • ಈ ವಾರವೂ ಹೊಸ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಇಲ್ಲ

    vishal, sa ra govindu

    ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಭಾರತ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗ ಹಾಗೂ ಯುಎಫ್‍ಒ & ಕ್ಯೂಬ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ನಡುವಿನ ಬಿಕ್ಕಟ್ಟು ಬಗೆಹರಿದಿಲ್ಲ. ಎರಡೂ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಕನ್ನಡ, ತಮಿಳು, ತೆಲುಗು ಹಾಗೂ ಮಲಯಾಳಂ ಚಿತ್ರರಂಗಗಳು ಒಗ್ಗಟ್ಟಾಗಿಯೇ ಹೋರಾಟ ಆರಂಭಿಸಿವೆ. ಬೇರೆ ರಾಜ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಹೊಸ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ತಡೆಹಿಡಿದು 2 ವಾರ ಪೂರೈಸಿದೆ. ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊದಲ ವಾರ. ಈ ವಾರ ಬಗೆಹರಿಯಬಹುದು ಎಂದುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದವರಿಗೀಗ ನಿರಾಸೆ. ಯುಎಫ್‍ಒ ಮತ್ತು ಕ್ಯೂಬ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಹಠಮಾರಿತನದ ಧೋರಣೆಯಿಂದ ಹಿಂದೆ ಸರಿಯುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಈ ವಾರವೂ ಯಾವುದೇ ಹೊಸ ಚಿತ್ರ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಇಲ್ಲ.

    ಬೆಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರ ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಮಂಡಳಿ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಮಿಳು ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕರ ಸಂಘದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ವಿಶಾಲ್, ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್ ರೈ, ಕನ್ನಡ ನಿರ್ಮಾಪಕರ ಸಂಘದ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಮುನಿರತ್ನ ಅವರ ಜೊತೆ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಚಲನಚಿತ್ರ ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಮಂಡಳಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಸಾ.ರಾ.ಗೋವಿಂದು ಸಭೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಸಭೆಯ ನಂತರ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಸಾ.ರಾ.ಗೋವಿಂದು, ಈಗ ಪ್ರದರ್ಶನವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳಿಗೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ತೊಂದರೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ, ಹೊಸ ಚಿತ್ರಗಳ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆ ಇಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟಪಡಿಸಿದರು.

    ತಮಿಳುನಾಡಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಕುರಿತ ಎಲ್ಲ ಚಟುವಟಿಕೆಯನ್ನೂ ಸ್ಥಗಿತಗೊಳಿಸಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿನಿಮಾ ಬಿಡಗಡೆ ಹೊರತುಪಡಿಸಿ ಉಳಿದ ಕೆಲಸಗಳು ನಡೆಯಲಿವೆ. ಯುಎಫ್‍ಓ ಮತ್ತು ಕ್ಯೂಬ್ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ಜೊತೆಗಿನ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ಮುರಿದುಬಿದ್ದಿದ್ದು, ಪರ್ಯಾಯ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನೇ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಹಾಕಲು ಚಿಂತನೆ ನಡೆದಿದೆ.

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