Stung by the extent of criticism on a survey report conducted by a group of Kannada film enthusiasts named as Banavasi Balaga which called for lifting a ban on dubbing, the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy headed by Nagabharana which had incorporated the survey in its presentation has now withdrawn its report.
In a press note released to the press, Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy has said that the controversy surrounding the report should end now, as they have decided to withdraw it.
Nagabharana has also apologised for his action.
The survey had indicated that after a fairly exhaustive consultations with many people connected to the Kannada film industry and looking at the data available on the quality and box office return of the films, it has come to the conclusion that the ban on the dubbing of non Kannada films have to be lifted. It had also suggested that the subsidy amount given to quality oriented Kannada films numbering thirty may be stopped to discourage fly by night operators to make films.
But the presentation of the report during the B.R. Panthulu centenary celebrations attracted huge criticism and immediately many people connected to the industry started pouncing on Nagabharana for including a survey report which did not have any credibility.
Ashok, the president of the Karnataka Cine workers association strongly criticised Nagabharana for his action and said that ban on the dubbing films cannot be lifted any one, as it goes against the Kannada ethos and time and again proved to be detrimental to the growth and sustenance of the Kannada film industry. He said that the ban on dubbing was necessary even today and to call for lifting of ban is meaningless. "I seek the apology of Nagabharana for presenting this ridiculous report to the people and calling for a debate' said.
The Kannada film directors association headed by M.S. Ramesh has become super active these days. They want to solve any problems faced by members and the association as early as possible. Mussanje Mahesh who has now thrown out of the film Kool (Or was he forced to come out of the project along with his assistants) has lodged a complaining against Shilpa Ganesh alleging lot of interference in his work and also causing humiliation to him.
Acting on this complaint, the directors association has decided not to send any assistants to Kool unless Ganesh becomes a member of the organisation. And they have also said that Ganesh has to give his version on the complaint and has sought the intervention of the film chamber to resolve this issue. Though Mahesh has not written the story of the film, he has been credited with the screenplay of the film. He had also worked for more than two months for writing the script and making preparations for this film. All these things have to be discussed threadbare and some compensation given to the director for his work for the product.
The song of the film Gubbi produced by Anaji Nagaraj and directed by Viji has been creating a big buzz according to Ram Prasad of Ashwini Audio Company . He says that in these times of a steep fall in the Audio market it has been quite encouraging to see an audio album of a film featuring new stars has been making a big impact in the market. Arjun is the music director of the film.
Gubbi has Ajit of Patre Loves Padma in the lead along with four other young actors Giri, Deepak, Vishwa and Kailash forming the core group of lead artists in the film. Mumbai based heroine Reema Worah is the heroine of this film which also has Rangayana Raghu. Recently Anaji Nagaraj has gladly announced that the response to the audio has come as a huge relief to him, but at the same time it was a big surprise too.
"I thought that people would think that Gubbi may be an experimental film. But the posters and designs of the film are so innovative that it immediately ignited some interest. Now, since the audio has also become a big hit, I am sure that the film will be viewed with lot of curiosity. My assessment that this interest and curiosity factor will end up with a positive response for the film. I will describe Gubbi as a robust and strong film which can also send a message to today's youngsters. Debutant director Viji who had worked with Prem in many films has done a very good job and I am completely satisfied' says Anaji Nagaraj.
The film's director Vijay says that he has worked on a novel concept and has written the script with lot of entertaining elements in it.
Ganesh's second Home production Kool which made big news before its launch function is still making big news. But this time it may well be for wrong reasons , as now the heroine of the film has been changed. The new girl Sana Khan who has come in the place of well known Television actor Aamna Sheriff is already participating in the film's shooting which is now being held in Ootacamund from Thursday. Mussanje Mahesh is directing this film for which Ganesh's wife Shilpa Ganesh is holding the reigns as a producer.
During the big launch of the film a few days ago Shilpa Ganesh had proudly announced that Aaman Sheriff was her choice and the noted television actor was selected because of her classic taste in her choice of costumes she wore for tele serials. 'Aaman perfectly suits the role and will be a good pair to Ganesh' Shilpa had claimed. But just a day before the shooting schedule was to begin in Ooty, Mumbai based model cum actor Sana Khan has been chosen as a heroine in place of Aamna Sheriff.
Shilpa has maintained that the heroine for her second production had to be changed because the film's director Mussanje Mahesh had felt that she would not be a perfect choice to play a college girl in Kool. Both the hero and heroine of the film are college students in the film. Shilpa says that she went with the opinion of the director and opted for a better choice. But according to the Secretary of Aamna Sheriff says that the actor had walked out of the film because she was not given the full bound script of the film and she could not take any decision on Shilpa Ganesh's offer. Aamna Sheriff was not present during the press conference of the launch of the film.
Ajay Kumar and Aindrita Ray starrer Manasina Maathu directed by Anantha Raju for producer Praveen has suddenly become a hot property for the film distributors now. The success of Krishnan Love Story directed by Shashank has strengthened the position of Ajay Kumar in the Kannada film industry. He has enhanced his stature now because the film Krishnan Love Story is turning out to be a big hit.
This has created a ripple effect in favour of Ajay's next release Manasina Maathu which is to be released shortly. Now, the distributors are showing interest in purchasing the film's rights and lot of inquiries is now being made about the film. This has really made Praveen a happy man.
"We are still to finish the shooting of a song sequence featuring Ajay Kumar and Aindrita Ray. Now, I am planning to finish all the post production work and then shoot for the song sequence. We may have to spend a lot of money in picturising this song sequence because it has to be shot in the sets and lot of dancers have to be used. We have already seen the film's double positive and we are sure that the film has come out very well. It has good commercial values. Both Ajay and Aindrita have done a good job respectively. Since the film revolves around a good story, we are sure that the film will appeal the family audience' says Praveen.
Praveen is planning to release the film on August 27. Pal distributors will be releasing this film throughout the state.