Who is running the 12th Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFes)? Technically it is the State Government through its Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA) and supported by Kannada film industry bodies like the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) and others. But in reality, it is BookMyShow, a private enterprise and which is constantly in conflict with Kannada film makers which is running the show.
If you want to participate in this year's film festival, you have to virtually get the approval from BookMyShow. The KCA has handed over the programme to BMS lock stock and barrel. Every ticket and every pass for the festival has to be purchased from BMS.
Film theaters sell a few rows of seats through BMS. But for BIFFes, it is 100% of the seats. Even the media passes will come through BMS. A press note from the organisers says, "On behalf of Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR) and Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA), Government of Karnataka, the Media Passes for 12th BIFFES 2020 (Bengaluru International Film Festival -2020) will only be processed by Book My Show unlike earlier years."
For over two weeks now, the capitulation of KCA to BMS has been a topic of discussion in the film industry. But the scale of this surrender is only now being felt when the tickets and passes are being issued. The film industry is yet to come out of the shock. A kiosk has been set up on the KFCC premises to felicitate film personalities to obtain passes. A lone executive's only job is to tell everyone to log on to BMS.
For the KFCC this is salt on its wounds. There are several complaints by producers against BMS pending in KFCC. In recent months several producers have complained how ratings of films are manipulated on payment of money. Films that don't pay have their ratings downgraded. BMS did not respond to KFCC demands for an explanation. Now KFCC members have to go to BMS for film festival passes!
There are also concerns of how BMS got to know of the films that would be screened in the festival even before the official announcements and selections were made. As of now there are no answers. The only reality is that BMS, which does not have a healthy relationship with the Kannada film industry, is running BIFFes.
Speaking to Chitraloka, president of KCA, Suneel Puranik, said that the tieup with BMS has happened before he took over on January 2. Puranik has been working day and night to make the BIFFes a success and his work has been appreciated by everyone. "But the tieup with BMS is not in my hands. After registering online passes can be collected at the Academy, Suchitra Film Society or the Information Department. Now it has been extended to the Film Chamber," he said. Any problems will be corrected Puranik promised.
Kannada Film Producers Association President Ramakrishna (Praveen Kumar), said "this is a bad development. We are now in a situation where we cannot give one or two passes to anyone who seeks for it." Not all producers and KFCC members are tech savvy. Online registration for them is a big issue. With physical registration completely stopped, they are facing a huge issue with registering for the festival.
While there have been numerous actors in the Kannada film industry, who went on to become politicians but there have been only a handful who managed to become ministers in various State Governments.
Veteran actor Anant Nag had served as a state minister in J H Patel's cabinet in 1994 for over three and a half years. Following him, Ambareesh, Kumar Bangarappa, Umashree and Jayamala,CP Yogeshwar have served as ministers. The latest to join the bandwagon of Kannada actors who eventually became a minister is B C Pati. He recently took oath as minister in Shri B S Yeddyurappa's Cabinet.
The three time MLA from Hirekerur Assembly Constituency, was allocated the Forest Ministry on Monday. After serving in the police department for over 25 years, B C Patil made his acting debut in Nishkarsha after which he has acted in more than 25 films.
Chitraloka wishes B C Patil on becoming the minister who hails from the film industry.
Pailwaan is being billed as the biggest release ever for a Kannada film for a reason. The film before its release on September 12 is getting bigger by the day.
The simultaneous release of the film is now confirmed in over 30 countries. The number is going to go up further as the number of countries in Europe has to be finalized in the next couple of days. The number of countries in Asia is also to be added. The final count will be more than 50 easily, distributors of the film say.
A significant milestone for the film is the release in a minimum of 5 African countries simultaneously. The film therefore will release in 5 Continents simultaneously barring Antarctica and South America. The film is also releasing in 5 language in most of these countries which is given below.
USA, Canada, UK, Europe (Various countries), Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, UAE (All 7 Emirates), Qatar, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Australia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, DR Congo, Congo (IVR)
In an unprecedented scenario, not less than 132 Kannada movies had applied for censorship in the month of October alone. With the ongoing trend, Sandalwood is all set to break its own record for the highest number of Kannada movies censored in a calendar year.
Leading producer and former Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Sa Ra Govindu, says that it is shocking to learn from censor board officer Srinivasappa that at least 132 Kannada movies had applied for censorship in the month of October alone.
"In 2018, around 300 Kannada movies were censored and with the ongoing trend, the total for the same, for the current year is estimated to go beyond 400! This is an alarming situation. Where is the industry heading towards?" asks Mr. Govindu.
Further, the experts in the field analyse the situation, as more and more filmmakers aiming at seeking subsidies and awards, which is one of the main causes for highest number of films applying for censorship.
On the other hand with steep rise in the number of films seeking censorship, the officers of the censor board are working overtime with the staff watching a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 15 movies a day to clear the pending applications!
Wink fame Actress Priya Prakash warrier has come to Bengaluru to producer K Manju's residence for Gowri Ganesha festival Priya is the heroine for K Manju son Shreya’s movie Vishnupriya. Experienced V K Prakash is the director of the movie.