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Jaggesh wins support from peers

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Friday, September 22, 2006
The appreciations and encomiums for the Jury committee which decided the state film awards for the year 2005-06 stayed only for a brief while and the dissenting voices have already started pouring in.

Actor Jaggesh who was the recipient of the state government's Best Actor in a supporting role for his performance in Mata has fired the first salvo against the jury committee by announcing that he will be rejecting the award, as he had considered it as demoting him from the status of a hero to that of a character actor. Ashwini Ramaprasad, the producer of the film Jogi is also displeased about the omission of Guru Kiran for the Best Music award though the album became the biggest audio hit of 2005.

Jaggesh says that he feels this award not as an honour but an insult to him. "I am not a character actor in the film. I am the hero of the film and the film was publicised as my 100th film in the leading role. The media, the film industry and my fans who have viewed and appreciated this film have considered me as the hero of the film. This is my first state award, but I am really unhappy over the category for which I am selected. It is like demoting my stature in the industry. There is no point in accepting this award when many of my fans and well wishers in the industry have been upset with this decision of the Jury Committee' asserted Jaggesh in a hurriedly convened press conference.

Jaggesh said that though he was initially happy when he heard the news that he was selected for the award, he had not thought that the Jury committee had decided to select me in the Best Actor in the Supporting role category. "This was a film in which I had acted as a hero. I have done many films in which I had played the supporting cast. I am not demeaning the importance of supporting characters. But this award is unacceptable because it is like insulting my present stature in the industry' he said.

Jaggesh said that he will be conveying to the government his decision to reject the award and at the same time he will adduce reasons for the same. Guru Prasad, the director of Mata was also present and he added that the entire unit was displeased with the selection of Jaggesh for the supporting role award. He also disapproved the selection of awards which are not exhibited for the people. It is not the first time that a state government film awardee has rejected the award. Earlier, Producer_Director B.R.Panthulu had rejected the Best Actor State award given to him for his performance as Thirmmarasu in the film Sri Krishnadevaraaya by the Jury arguing that he did not deserve the award as much as Dr. Raj Kumar who had acted in the role of Krishnadevaraya. The film was released in 1969.

Vishnuvardhan, Ramesh during 1997-98In the year 1997-98, Dr. Vishnuvardhan and Ramesh Arvind were adjudged the Best actors in the film Veerappa Nayaka and America America. But Dr. Vishnuvardhan received the award on the stage and said that the award should actually go to the film's director S.Narayan who was able to extract the best performance from him. It meant virtual rejection of the award and it was obvious that the veteran actor did not want to share the Best Actor award.

Jaggesh has been uniformly supported by many top personalities in the film industry including actors Ramesh Bhat and Umashri. "I feel it is an insult to an actor like Jaggesh to select him for an award in the supporting role when the fact is he is the hero of the film' says Ramesh Bhat.

RamprasadAshwini Ramaprasad, the producer of Jogi said that the Jury committee's decision to ignore Guru Kiran for the Best Music director award has surprised him. "I am happy that the film got three awards and my hero Shivaraj Kumar and the film's director Prem have been rewarded for their efforts. But how on earth could the Jury committee ignore Guru Kiran when the audio album has created big records and the music was the soul of the film' said Ramaprasad.

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