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'I have seen the craze for Kannada films abroad' says Puneeth Rajkumar who is back from Australia. In Sydney and Melbourne my Kannada film 'Akash' was screened for very anxious audience. The Kannadigas living there thronged me and they were impressed when I played the VCD of Dr.Rajkumar clippings – Puneeth remembered in a quick chat with Chitraloka editor KM Veeresh.

At the initial stages we have to just think about promoting the Kannada film market. The monetary gains should not be the motto. When concerned stars themselves go to such places and promote the importance it gains is very high. In a place like Australia with my friends Mr Jayaprakash and Balaji in Sydney and Mr Rupesh, Sharan and Prakash in Melbourne it was possible to create awareness about the Kannada films. For an audience of nearly 200 to 250 the film 'Akash' was screened. The children know about latest Kannada songs as they see the television channels also recalled Puneeth.

There is definitely good craze and market for Kannada films abroad. All of us in the Kannada filmdom should tap it. Films like Shabdavedi, Kurigalu etc in the past have attracted lot of crowd. The demand for my elder brother starring 'Jogi' is huge. In Melbourne 'Jogi' is releasing on 12th of November.

The people there are so excited when I went there. On the first day there was honor for me from local Mayor. There was discussion. On the week ends instead of going to clinics and doing their personal jobs people have come and watched 'Akash' says Puneth.

I feel it is the right time to expand our market. Let us not think about what we get financially. Let us promote our rich culture, tradition and heritage. This has to be done collectively. This is the responsibility of all us in Kannada film industry. In a different style let us all work urges Puneeth Rajkumar.