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Top Sandalwood controversies in 2010

By: By: Shakha H Hooli
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The biggest controversy of the year is the title controversy of producer Dwarakish's upcoming film, which stars Kicha Sudeep, Bhavana and Priyamani in the leads. Dwarki's decision to use late Dr. Vishnuvardhan's name for his movie title irked both Vishnu's wife and his fans. Bharathi came live on TV channels and slammed his act. She even urged KFCC not to let him use her hubby's name for commercial purpose. The row between Bharathi and Dwarakish ended with the KFCC rejecting the title. 

The photograph featuring Ratnaja and Amoolya smooching created a whirlwind in the Kannada film industry. Kannada TV channel Kasturi broke the news about their kissing photograph. As soon as the news about the lip-lock picture broke, the pranksters started getting it through the MMS and they passed it to their friends. The image became a hot cake within no time.

Golden star Ganesh's upcoming film Kool, which is the second production under his home banner Golden Movies, hit the headlines just after it started shooting in Ooty. The quarrel between producer Shilpa Ganesh and Mussanje Mathu fame Mahesh came to light after the director walked out of the set stating the producer and cameraman Ratnavelu insulted him by showing disrespect to him on the sets of the film. Returning from the sets, Mahesh filed a complaint against the producer at the KFCC, which later put an end to their quarrel by asking the latter to give some amount of money to the director as compensation.

The row between KFCC President Basanth Kumar Patil and the Executive Committee members of the Chamber made big buzz in the industry. Twenty members resigned from their posts protesting the decision of indefinite Bundh call given by the President of KFCC. The protesters team demanded his resignation from the president's post. Their quarrel went on for more than 15 days until Rebel star Ambareesh and Smt Parvathamma Rajkumar intervened and put an end to their row.

The release of non-Kannada movies made big howl for quite some time. The bosses of multilingual movies like Raavan, Endhiran and Kites tried to release more number of theatres (more than 24 centres) violating the norms of KFCC, but the KFCC strongly replied them by challenging the 'Interim Order' of the Competition Commission of India (CCI) at Karnataka High Court.

When compared to previous years performance, KFCC seems to be a bit stronger and active in 2010. It raised its voice against the evil powers as and when there was injustice in the industry. It strongly condemned the Big FM for its act of damaging the image of the Kannada Film Industry. It held a protest march in front of Big FM office and it even held a bundh call seeking the apology from the bosses of the radio station.

Hoo Controversy: It all started after producer Dinesh Gandhi called up Shyam Prasad, the reporter/reviewer of the Bangalore and threatened him with abusive words after reading his Hoo movie review published in Bangalore Mirror. The Karnataka Cine Journalists Association (KCJA) held a protest march against Dinesh Gandhi at Green House in Bangalore on Monday (June 07). It condemned his alleged behaviour and asked him for apology.

Devaru Kotta Thangi Controversy: Director Saiprakash allegedly attempted to commit suicide by taking sleeping tablets at his Vijaynagar residence in Bangalore after his much-hyped movie Devaru Kotta Thangi utterly failed the Box Office. In a message, which was sent by him to producer Josaiman before attempting suicide, he had claimed that Thyagaraju, the distributor of film, and his men were pressurising him for money.

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