Sunday, November 28, 2004

Total shutdown of Kannada film industry from Nov. 30

Total shutdown of Kannada film industry from Nov. 30
Times of India

Bangalore: Activities in the Kannada film industry — shooting, production, editing and song recording — will come to a complete halt from November 30 to pressurise the theatres to implement the moratorium on the release of other language movies.

Producers, directors, artistes and technicians met here on Saturday to chalk out their next course of action. “Though the industry has been shut down partially since November 25, every activity will be stopped from November 30. Our final action plan will be evolved at a special meeting on November 29,’’ Kannada Film Producers’ Association president Basant Kumar Patil told the Sunday Times of India.

The meeting will be attended by KRRS activists, DSS representatives, litterateurs and pro-Kannada organisations. “We had set November 29 as the deadline to the state government to end the crisis. We want every theatre to implement the moratorium. If there is no favourable response from the government on Monday, we will go ahead with our agitation,’’ he added.

At the Saturday’s meeting, various plans were put forward to tackle the six theatres, which are screening the Hindi film Veer-Zaara in violation of the moratorium. According to sources, the film industry intends to “disrupt’’ the shows.


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