The October 11 meeting called by the Karnataka Film Chamber of
Commerce to hammer out a solution to the present crisis in the
Kannada film industry may not take place as scheduled. The Kannada
film producers association said that they would not be attending
the meeting as has been promised by them. The KPA had boycotted the
earlier meeting called in by the film chamber on October 5
According to H.D. Gangaraj, President of the KFCC said that a
letter written by the Kannada film producers association was
received on Tuesday morning in which they had communicated their
unwillingness to attend the meeting.
Gangaraj said that he contacted Sandesh Nagaraj, President of
the KPA immediately, but he had said that a decision has been taken
by his organization not to attend the meeting. Some producers
requesting anonymity however said that they are unwilling to talk
to the present executive committee members whose term is expiring
on October 27.
The KFCC elections are to be held on October 28 and in all
probability an exhibitor will be taking over as the new President.
Mr. K.V. Chandrashekhar of the Veeresha theatre who is known to be
sympathetic to the film producer is the front runner among the
probable winners for the President's post.
The producers who had a late night meeting on Tuesday have
decided to hold their decision of not allowing permission to start
new films for another month will only talk to the new executive
committee of the KFCC, it is learnt. Some producers including
Sandesh Nagaraj had met Rebel Star Ambareesh separately who had
advised them to have talks with a group of stars.
Ambareesh and Vishnuvardhan had authorized Upendra and Sudeep to
discuss the matter with the producers separately in a five star
hotel. It is believed both Upendra and Sudeep agreed to take up
their grievances with other stars and expressed their willingness
to co-operate with the producers.
Ambareesh is believed to have suggested that the producers
should also speak to the cine workers association leaders
separately to focus on their problems and explain their position
with a view to get their co-operation.
The producers have struck to their decision not to start
production activities of new films for at least one month.