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20 KFCC members resign protesting President's decision

By: By: Shekhar H Hooli
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Twenty members of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) have resigned from their posts late on Wednesday night. These members belonging to various categories like producers, distributors and exhibitors, had difference of opinion over the decision of indefinite Bundh call taken by the President of KFCC, Basanth Kumar Patil. Protesting his decision, they even demanded his resignation of from his post.

On Monday, Basanth Kumar Patil held a meeting with the members of the KFCC and charted out certain problems and said that he had brought these problems to the notice of Karnataka Govt. Meanwhile, he announced that the KFCC and Kannada film industry will stop working from December 01 if those problems would not be fulfilled.

Sources claim that the President had taken the decision of indefinite Bundh call without consulting other members. This has irked a few producers like Sandesh Nagaraj, Rockline Venkatesh, Sa Ra Govindu, Anaji Nagaraj, BN Gangadhar, K Manju including few other exhibitors and distributors, who resigned their posts on Wednesday. These members group has opposed the indefinite Bundh call from the KFCC. A few actors also claim that the indefinite closure of industry is cannot solve all the problems.

Rockline Venkatesh said that instead of doing developmental works, Basanth Kumar was creating new controversies in the KFCC. He said, “There could not have been so many problems if the President knew about the difficulties and failures faced many people in films industry. Basanth Kumar Patil is neither a full-fledged producer, nor director nor exhibitor. Such a person becoming our president is the biggest tragedy of the KFCC."

Basant Kumar Patil's resignation is the only solution to all these problems. So 20 producers including a few executive members and exhibitors are putting pressure on him. Now, the question is whether the President will take back his indefinite Bundh call and resign from his post or continue as the President of KFCC by sticking to his stand on Bundh call.

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