Kannada film fans stage protest

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 26, 2004 04:58 hrs

Hundreds of volatile Kannada film fans led by matinee idol Rajkumar staged a protest in front of the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore and secured an assurance from the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, that the Government would find an amicable solution to the problems confronting the Kannada film industry.

Many film artistes like Vishnuvardhan, Ravichandran, Upendra, Sudeep, Darshan and other big wigs of the industry participated in the protest. The Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha, Dalit Sangarsha Samithi (DSS) and Karunada Sene supported the rally. Addressing the protesters, the leaders claimed that they were not merely espousing the cause of the film industry but also that of the Kannada language and Kannadigas.

The artistes, producers, directors and others were demanding a three-week moratorium on the exhibition of non-Kannada films in the State. A group of people returning from the agitation turned violent and hurled stones at vehicles and buildings. Earlier some of the more aggressive elements threw chappals when Chief Minister Dharam Singh addressed them.

Several policemen were deployed at theatres screening Veer Zaara defying the moratorium imposed by the Kannada film industry on screening of new non-Kannada movies, fearing that the protesters may target them.

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