The Kannada Film Industry has often been criticized for not taking a stand on social cause. Be it the issue of Kannada preservation or about the increasing violence against women in the country, the Sandalwood has always remained silent or indecisive.
However all this is about to change. The industry has taken a major step towards a socio-linguistic cause. This year the Sandalwood will be celebrating the Karnataka Rajyotsava in village in Belgaum. Belgaum is a border district to Maharashtra. The Yellur Village in the district was in news for clashes regarding a name board in Marathi. There are many Marathi speaking people who want the village to be joined to Maharashtra.
Even though the board was removed after a court ruling, but the long standing border dispute between the states of Karnataka and Maharashtra has been reignited. A meeting different Kannada film organizations was held at Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerece (KFCC) on Wednesday. In the meeting it was decided that the Karnataka Rajyotsava will be celebrated in the disputed border village on November 1.
The meeting was attended by members of Kannada Cine Artiste's Association, Kannada Film Director's Association, The Worker's Federation among others. However there are reports of dissent among the actors. They feel the event is politically sensitive and can create a controversy. Many insiders feel that the big stars may skip the event for this reason.
The steps seems to be in a positive direction for preservation of Kannada language. However it needs to be seen how successful the event will be and what impact it has on the border region of Belgaum.