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Shivanna the leader

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006
It leaves very clear signal that superstar Shivarajkumar has emerged as the new leader of Kannada filmdom as he handled the crisis of the producer team of Maasthi Kannada film and Kannada activists who thronged at Kanteerava studio protesting against the title Maasthi on Saturday morning.

The intervention of Shivanna has cooled down the entire situation and amicably it was settled that the title Maasthi title would be changed. The new name for film is expected to within a week according to director Shivamani.

Perhaps in the history of Kannada cinema this type of protest was not witnessed. Two days before there were meetings and debates on the title.

In the midst of hundreds of Kannada activists, police protection and producer team on the one side Shivanna pacified both the team and sounded the clapboard for the muhurut. Upendra in long hair dressed in a peculiar style faced the camera for the maiden shot.

There has been a question who after Dr.Rajkumar to take the mantle of Kannada filmdom from April 12 this year. The developments on Saturday pointed to humble and loving hero of Kannada cinema Shivarajkumar. To cool down the pent up frustrations of the Kannada activists superstar Shivarajkumar son of icon of Kannada cinema Dr.Rajkumar took the leadership and settled the issue.

It is true that Shivarajkumar was on the spot when the situation went out of control - the pandals and posters were torn, bad language was used on superstar Upendra that made him to reverse his car from the studios, the Kannada flags went up shouting other distasteful slogans, the priest who had come to this muhurut to conduct the Pooja ran away in his vehicle looking at the horrible situation, the police blew the lathis - at this situation arrived superstar Shivarajkumar and brought the whole situation under control. He addressed the warring group a few yards away from his father's Samadhi at Kanteerava studios. Coming forward to settle the issue is the high degree of thinking on the part of Shivarajkumar.

Is it not a signal the Shivanna would take the leadership in case of crisis? Prior to coming to this conclusion in a few occasions some of the top film industry persons pointed that Shivarajkumar should take the leadership as he is the first hero who said no remake films in his life.

In the absence of Shivarajkumar the situation would have been worse admitted the police personnel who had tough time in controlling the activists.

Later speaking to media friends Shivarajkumar said with this frenzy situation he is re-thinking on his new film title Santha. Anything that hurts the masses and belittle the prestige of leaders we should not take it up felt Shivarajkumar.

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