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Kannada film industry's Super Star Puneet Raj Kumar and popular heroine Ramya have expressed their disappointment over the change of venue of the DLF IPL Semifinal matches from Bangalore to Navi Mumbai.

Puneet Raj Kumar and Ramya who were brand ambassadors for the local Bangalore Royal Challengers team owned by Vijay Mallya were part of the cheering crowd in Bangalore whenever the matches were played in the Iconic Chinnaswamy stadium near the busy MG.Road in Bangalore.

"I am deeply disappointed like thousand of cricket fans in the state. Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium has been a happy hunting ground for the local team which has won many matches here. And we were very happy that the team's performance has been egged by the encouragement received from the big crowd in Bangalore. I really looked forward for the first Semi Final encounter between our team and Mumbai Indians. But now that the match has been shifted to D.Y. Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai, I feel totally disappointed. But nothing can be done if this change had become inevitable on account of security reasons. I don

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Power Star Puneet Raj Kumar released the audio album of Kannada film Nooru Janmaku produced by Vinay Lad and directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar on Monday night. Santhosh and Aindrita Rai are in the lead roles in the film.

Many film personalities and lead actors were present in the audio function to greet Santhosh who is known for his extremely courteous behaviour and right attitude. The big crowd really proved that Santhosh is hugely popular among the young artists. Even in the brief speech he made, Santhosh did not forget to mention how he had received support from all the technicians and artists of the film. The guest list included Rajyasabha member and Mine owner Anil Lad.

Well known producers Rockline Venkatesh and K.Manju, director S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu, Murali, Yesh, Chiranjeevi sarja and many others.

Music Director Mano Murthy was another attraction of this function. He had come to

Bangalore to take part in this function and also do some music composition work for his forthcoming Kannada film Pancharangi directed by Yogaraj Bhat.

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Power Star Puneet Raj Kumar-Parvathi starrer Prithwi directed by Jacob Varghese and produced by Soorappa Babu and N.S. Raj Kumar will be censored by Monday. The film is slated for release on April 23.

Prithwi has already created a big buzz among the fans after the release of the audio. Manikanth Kadri's song compositions have been receiving uniform appreciation and much excited Puneet fans are already hinting that Hejjegondu Hejje and Ningagendhe Visheshavaadha songs to become chart busters. The audio sales have been brisk, says Mohan of the Anand Audio who are marketing the big album.

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Kannada super star Puneet Raj Kumar has been trying out new mehtods to promote his films and this innovative ideas are really catching up with the young and peppy crowd who have been the ardent fans of the actor. On Sunday, Puneet was seen at Big Bazaar - Banashankari where he participated in an promotion event of Prithvi directed by Jacob Varghese and produced by Soorappa Babu and N.S. Raj Kumar.

Many people who had come to Banashankari were little surprised to see their favourite star asking questions to them and handing over them an autographed audio album after getting the correct answer. This was a special bonus for them.

Puneet had also engaged in a conversation with his fans to test their ability to sing some popular songs of his films. He asked many questions to his fans and was liberal in giving an audio even if their answers came very near to the correct answers.

Puneet is a darling of the children was amply proved after seeing the crowd which consisted of family audience who had brought in their children. The entire function was held at the third floor of Big Bazaar complex.

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The summer is really hotting up with the elections to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce picking up speed. The election is scheduled for May 8 and the nominations starts from April 21.

This year the post of president is allotted to the distributors. The three wings of the KFCC; producers, distributors and exhibitors get the top post on rotation. Producer-distributor-actor Basant Kumar Patil is the front runner for the post of president. His name is so well publicised that many are openly Canvassing for him even before the nomination papers are filed.

The other names being heard for the president's post include Janakiram and Gangadhar. But as things stand now, everyone seems to think that the top post is for Patil's for the taking. Patil made a name for himself as a strict administrator when he was the president of the Producers' Association. He started the 'watch dog committee' (Kaavalu Samiti) to curb various illegal activities that drained revenue for the producers. Even piracy was curbed to a large extent during his tenure as raids on pirates became common. Along with producers like Muniratna, Rockline Venkatesh and K Manju he brought a semblance of order to the organisation. It is this background that is holding him good stead for the post of president for KFCC.

What could go against him is his outspokenness. His blunt and direct talk has even his friends running for cover sometimes. Having experience in all departments including production and distribution makes him the clear front runner for now.

Producer K Manju, Joe Simon, RS Gowda, NM Suresh, Madhusudhan Reddy, Kari Subbu, Saffire Venkatesh, Chinnegowdaru are in the keen race for the top office bearers post. Others who are trying for a post include Umesh Banakar is gunning for the post of vice president. But he may just contest for the committee rather than for the post of office bearer. There are eight posts of office bearers including president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.

With just five more days to go for the nominations, many other names are likely to crop up. There could be many surprises in store as well. With the new bylaw preventing office bearers from contesting two elections in a row, the eight incumbent office bearers; Jayamala, Rockline Venkatesh, Suresh, Anand, N Kumar, Thomas Dsouza, Vijay Kumar and Sa Ra Govindu, will not contest this time.

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