Kannada film industry thanked Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa in style for his efforts to stop piracy by organising a glamorous event. Sandalwood loses Rs.130 crore to Rs.150 crore to pirates every year.
The who and who of Sandalwood turned up to thank and felicitate the Chief Minister for fulfilling the long-pending demand of the industry by bringing piracy under the Goonda Act (Karnataka Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug-Offenders, Gamblers, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders and Slum Grabbers Act, 1985).
The CM attended the felicitation programme along with information minister Katta Subramanya Naidu and transport minister R Ashok. Sandalwood's big names like Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce president Jayamala and actors Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh, Shivaraj Kumar and Ramesh Aravind welcomed the dignitaries.
Jayamala showered praises on the CM. In return, the CM assured that he would do everything to support the Kannada film industry.
The function also witnessed skits from Upendra & team. Music director Gurukiran, singer Rajesh Krishnan, actor Puneet Rajkumar and others performed at the event.