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Thursday, Sep 23, 2004
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Film industry forms panel to counter ban in Karnataka
Hyderabad , Sept. 22:
THE film industry has joined hands against the Karnataka ban on new releases of non-Kannada films.
Top film producers and film personalities across the country gathered here on Wednesday to form a Joint Action Committee (JAC) to face Karnataka's ban.
Mr G. Adisheshagiri Rao, President of AP Film Chamber of Commerce, has been elected Convenor of the JAC.
Address a news conference, Mr Rao announced that the rest of the industry would place an embargo on the Kannada films unless it came forward for talks to sort out the issue.
"We are making efforts to stop artists and technicians from associating with Kannada films," he said.
Terming the seven-week ban as unfortunate, leading Hindi filmmaker Mr Yash Chopra said the ban was against the very spirit of India. "It is the choice of the people to select the movie of their liking," he told reporters after the formation of the JAC.
The ban on non-Kannada films sent shockwaves in the film industry, particularly Hindi, Telugu and Tamil. Films from these languages went well in Karnataka. Some Karnataka filmmakers argued that the backward Kannada industry couldn't stand up to the competition from the non-Kannada films, crippling the native industry.
Last month, a delegation headed by Mr Chopra met the Prime Minister appealing to him to sort out the issue.
Mr Pehlaj Nihalini, film producer, alleged that the Kannada film industry was supporting piracy, resulting in loss of revenues to non-Kannada films.
He warned that there would be no dubbing of Kannada films until the row ended.
Mr D. Suresh Babu of Suresh Productions said the whole effort was to make the Kannada industry to come for talks.
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