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Dubbing film industry stages protest

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The Telugu film industry had completed its 75 years this year. At the same time the dubbing film industry had also completed around 60 years. It may be recalled here that the Producers Council had slapped a ban on the dubbing films claiming that it is hampering the interests of low-budget and small films in Telugu film industry. Protesting against this decision, the dubbing film industry had started a peaceful protest in front of the producers' council office and started a relay hunger strike on November 9. Those who participated in the hunger strike include Saikumar, his brothers Ravishankar and Ayyappa P Sharma, his father PJ Sharma, popular dubbing film writers Vennelakanti, Sriramakrishna, Ramanamurthy, Bellamkonda Suresh, Narra Venkateswara Rao, Mallikarjuna Rao, Bharatibabu, Ghantasala Venkataratnam, NV Prasad, Raghu Kunche and several other dubbing artistes.

Subrahmanyam of Lakshmi Ganapati Films says, 'It is wrong to ban dubbing films. When the producers' council decides to impose a ban, it should first consult the dubbing artistes and popular production houses which used to dub films on their banner and take their opinions. I personally feel that the film industry should first ban the artistes and technicians from the other languages and then ban the dubbing films. An average audience would watch a film if it is only good whether it is a dubbed film or a straight film. He is least bothered whether it is a small budget film or from a big banner. The Telugu film industry should come out with good films and make audiences ignore watching other language films that were dubbed into Telugu.' Dubbing artiste Ravishankar, writers Vennelakanti, Sriramakrishna, and producer Bellamkonda Suresh and others also spoke on the occasion.

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