Basanth Kumar Patil, the president of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce saw yesterday's CCL match between Karnataka Bulldozers and Mumbai Heroes by buying ticket at Rs 750. The main reason for that is the tickets or passes were issued only to the artistes, but the producers as well as technicians and committee members of KFCC and other organisations of the Kannada film industry were sidelined prominently.
In KFCC Rs 250 worth tickets were given to Producer, Distributors and Exhibitors to sit and watch the match in G (Gallery) Stand. For the KFCC Executive Committee Members Rs 750 tickets were given to sit in Gate No. 4 P3 Stand. Some personalities were given Rs 1,000, Rs 2,000, Rs 3,000 tickets and VVIP passes. Some of the Executive Committee members protested in KSCA and had a heated argument with Basanth Kumar Patil. Shockingly Basanth answered he has also been given Rs 750 ticket and that too he has paid money for it!
Top line producer Rockline Venkatesh, one of the organiser saw all these and immediately made arrangements for the producers to watch the match asking them to sit in Pavilion. Yes, producers and technicians were sidelined in the yesterday's match. But still many thronged Chinnaswamy stadium just because to uphold the pride, prestige and honour of the film industry. It was KFCC who decided to give a one day holiday on Saturday, so that it would be convenient for everybody from the film industry to watch Karnataka Bulldozers play against Mumbai Heroes. But Ashok Kheny's AKK entertainment which is the promoter of Karnataka Bulldozers didn't take the issue seriously. Of course, artistes were provided passes worth thousands. But the rest of the industry was ignored prominently. Though the artistes were provided VVIP passes, many artistes were absent for the highly anticipated match except for Shivarajkumar, Ravichandran, Jaggesh and a couple of others.
A producer disclosed that he got the passes from a well known Telugu hero. This producer is a well known producer in Kannada and an executive Committee member of KFCC. When that Telugu movie actor had called this producer to his hotel, he saw Rs 750 ticket with him. Immediately he asked his assistant to give him some Special Tickets.
This is not only one case but many producers as well as technicians found it very difficult to get into the stadium. Even the film press were completely ignored in this aspect and finally Sudeep bought some tickets and distributed among the film press.