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Karnataka: Multiplexes to screen 4 Kannada shows daily
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The Kannada film industry has decided to hold a film-awareness rally across the Karnataka state and ask multiplexes to screen at least four Kannada shows daily. These were among the eight unanimous decisions taken during the platinum jubilee celebrations of Kannada cinema.

During the interactive session, industry participants expressed concern about the declining quality of films and waning viewership. They listed several problems the industry was facing and offered some solutions.

Many blamed the producers for not encouraging good story and screenplay writers, and opting for remakes of other language films. Karnataka Film Workers, Artists and Technicians Federation president Ashok called for an end to remakes, and instead encourage films based on Kannada novels available in plenty.

The declining quality in theatres and escalating ticket price were also cause for concern. To attract audiences, participants felt that the condition at theatres should improve and ticket price should be regulated.

'Formula films' (if a film becomes a hit, then several producers make movies centred around the same theme) is the bane of Kannada cinema and no one could discount it. Quality film, which sans violence and vulgarity, was agreed upon as the need of the hour.

Some opined that selling a movie's rights to television immediately after the film's release was not a good idea. But actor-producer Rockline Venkatesh said business dynamics forced a producer to sell the film to recover money.

The interaction organized by the Kannada Film Producers' Association was also an opportunity for some to settle personal scores. Director Phani Ramachandra questioned the commitment of reputed producers and, as an example, said they had not offered him work even though he had made 15 films.

Phani charged towards the dais and said, "Out of my 15 films, four to five have completed 100 days. But none of you gave me any work.''

Producer Sa Ra Govindu shouted, "You say all your films were a hit. But you should accept it's not true and admit to failure.''

Rushing towards the stage, Ramachandra asked Govindu not to twist what he had said. Finally, association president K C N Chandrashekar had to snatch the mike from Govindu and pacify both.

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