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 also.
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.