A government appointed subcommittee on Monday buckled under pressure from the Kannada film industry and took a momentous decision to defer the release of other language films for seven weeks.
It also attached a rider that only six prints each of Telugu, Tamil, Hindi, Ma1ayalam and English films would be allowed to be screened throughout the state. The decision was arrived after a meeting with exhibitors, distributors and producers by the sub-committee.
Speaking to reporters on behalf of the sub-committee, S.Ramesh, president of Kannada Film Chambers of Commerce said: "This decision will come into effect from Tuesday and violators will be dealt with strictly. Violators may invite a permanent ban in Karnataka and we will intimate film chambers of other state and. South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce to co-operate, with us in implementing the six print norms. The Kannada Film Producers which was demanding a week ban and four print norm for non-Kannada films have agreed to soften its stand.
“We are very happy with the outcome of the meeting and the Government has given us what we asked for. Our stand has been vindicated”, Basantkumar Patil, president of the association said. However, the sub-committee has failed to take a decision to revise the cut in entertainment tax for non-Kannada films. Recently, the Government had reduced entertainment tax from 70.percent to 40 percent for other language films.