The Karnataka Government assured of all help for the building of KFCC and invited the Kannada film industry to discuss about the various issues (including the development of theatre activity) put forth on Wednesday, the Makara Sankranthi day. The occasion was stone laying foundation function at the crescent road demolished place of KFCC for the new building. The Karnataka Home Minister Mallikarjuna Kharge, Public Works Department Minister Dharam Singh, Information minister Kagodu Thimmappa, Urban development minister Kumar Bangarappa joined hands with Smt.Parvathamma Rajkumar, Ambarish, Shashikumar (all of a sudden present) MP’s, Shivrajkumar, B.Saroja Devi, Jayanthi, Rajendra Singh Babu, MLC’s Mu Ma Chandru, Umasri, KFIDC chairman Vasu, KFCC President S.Ramesh in quick Guddali Pooja and lighting the lamp celebration.
Rs.10 lakh first installment cheque was paid to building architect Tintoo and contractor Rajan at this function by the KFCC.
It was a day long of speeches and besides bringing to light the problems of the Kannada film industry. The ministers in their speeches shifted the responsibilities to Karnataka Chief Minister S.M.Krishna when the grant for new building issue was raised. None of the ministers present could make a promise about the grant asked by the President of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce S.Ramesh in his address. The KFCC President in his speech also sought the Rs.5 lakh subsidy for all Kannada films besides the Rs.10 lakh given to 20 quality Kannada films every year. Making use of the platform he has created S.Ramesh efficiently used it for highlighting the industry problems too. He stressed on the need of single window system urgently.
Among the ministers the senior ministers Kharge, Dharam Singh and Kagodu Thimmappa were in fine mood. Kharge called for multiplex theatre in Bangalore like in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Ahmedabad. He also advised the KFCC to talk to union minister Ananthkumar to get loan from HUDCO. Ramesh is a clever man and we have meet his demands otherwise he will tom -tom one day is what Dharma Singh disclosed. Kagodu on the other hand took a little more time than his three other colleagues and quoted the Dinakar Desau quotation (Haalu Akki) and very cleverly batted the demand of KFCC for grant to construct new building. The information minister made a timely speech and asked the film -makers to give up ‘pistol’ and violence in films. The Urban Development Minister and also an actor Kumar Bangarappa brought to the light that there are various means to acquire funds for the KFCC building. The Rs.3.5 crore is not a big task for us in the film industry. He quoted the example of ‘Kanija Bhavan’ coming up in similar line.
S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu, the President of Kannada Film Directors Association expressed the need to have film policy for once in five years. We have been asking for single window since 20 years and successive governments are not interested in doing anything. To promote the industry the film industry is provided benefits like room and free shooting permissions elsewhere. Why not in Karnataka. To develop the Kannada language the State government should take a theatre in major state capitals and allow the Kannada films to screen. The State government take interest in facilitate the Tamil films screening in the State then why can’t they see Kannada films are screened in other parts asked S.V.Rajendra Singh Babu.
Sa. Ra. Govindu, B.Saroja Devi, Mu.Ma.Chandru, Umasri, Kannada Film Producers Association President Basanthkumar Patil also spoke on the occasion. S.A.Chinne Gowda proposed a vote of thanks.
The special attraction on the morning function was the ‘Dollu Munitha’ troupe that came from Shimoga.