No dubbing: Stars rally

A section of Kannada film producers, who are planning to bring in the controversial ‘dubbing’ culture into Kannada film in­du­stry.

Bangalore: A section of Kannada film producers, who are planning to bring in the controversial ‘dubbing’ culture into Kannada film in­du­stry, faced a strong opposition from the Sa­n­dalwood fraternity, including top actors and pro-Kannada activists, who staged a big protest rally in Bangalore on Monday.

The rally started from the Mysore Bank Circle on Kempegowda Road and ended at Central College Grounds. The film industry, which was supported by Kannada organisations, also observed a ba­ndh in protest against dubbing of ot­her language movies and TV serials into Ka­nnada.

After reports came out of some pro­ducers trying to release dubbed films in the state, both the Kannada film industry and Kannada activists came together to stop any such attempt, citing that it is ag­ainst the interest of Kannada culture and language.

Director S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu, Mata and Yeddelu Manjunatha director Gu­ru­prasad and Jnanpith award winner Cha­ndrashekar Kambar have supported dubbing. Kambar, however, later made it cle­ar that he was against dubbing in Kannada films, but was in support of dubbing of science and knowledge-based programmes being aired on television.

Though stars and Kannada activists jo­ined the rally at the Mysore Bank Circle, it st­arted earlier in the day from Dr Ra­jkumar Smaraka Bhavan at Kanteerava St­udios. The film fraternity was led by Sh­iv­arajkumar, his brother Puneeth Ra­jkumar, veteran actors Leelavathi, Ashok, Ha­msalekha, and Sa.Ra. Govind, who re­signed from KFCCI post to participate in the protest, Duniya Vijay, Sudeep, Da­rshan, Yash, Prem, Jaggesh, Shruthi, Ja­ya­mala, Malashree, Bhavana and others. Te­levision artistes and unions also took pa­rt in the rally, which was witnessed by ov­er 50,000 people.

Vatal Nagaraj of Kannada Chaluvali Vatal Paksha said, “Dubbing should not be all­owed at any cost. The number of other la­nguage mo­vies being released in state is mo­re than the number of Ka­nnada movies hitting the theatres. Let ot­her states too release Ka­nnada films. I cha­llenge Am­itabh Bachchan, Ra­jnikanth and other language actors to speak in Kannada.”

( Source : dc )
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