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  • Did Censor Seek RGV's Apology? - Exclusive

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    It is true that all film industries have common problems and also problems unique to them. But the way hurdles are being placed before Kannada films is to go by, it seems there is no future for the industry.

    Day by day our producers are facing more and more problems. 'Is it a sin to produce a Kannada Films,' is the question almost all Kannada film makers are asking.

    If you are wondering why Chitraloka.com has raised these questions, knowing the reasons will shock you!

    For films with big stars, the problems are less. But it does not mean there face no problems. But for Kannada films without big stars  and small budget movies the problems are existential.

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    Last week Kannada movies faced their biggest challenge with multiplex theaters. In Book My Show some of the Kannada movie tickets were shown as unavailable or was shown as sold out in their app/website. This in spite of tickets available in theaters. But due to efforts of some producers, multiplexes were exposed in their attempts to remove Kannada films using such tactics.

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    A danger from a surprising quarter now is from the Central Board of Film Certification and its regional office in Bengaluru. Though CBFC certifies films in all languages, it is troubling only Kannada films.

    The previous regional officer Mr Nagendra Swamy had made it very clear to the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce that there is no rule stipulating producers not to announce the date of the film's release before the movie is Censored.

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    The only condition was that the Censor board should not be forced to watch a film for certification just because the date was announced. The Board needs time as per rules to watch films and certify them.

    Chitraloka had then created  awareness through a video about this.

    But look at what happened to Kannada movie Tyson. Tyson was censored with U/A certificate and was given a voice mute according to its director Ramnarayan. After doing the mute given by the censor, the film team took DVD to the censor office on Tuesday. They were asked to come the next day. Tyson movie is releasing on March 4th and they had given  advertisements in newspapers with the date on Wednesday. When they reached the censor office on Wednesday, they got a shock. They were asked how without getting the censor certificate they published the date in advertisements. The film's producer and director had to apologize (for their alleged lack of knowledge) and gave it in writing! Even on Thursday they were made to wait. Only after waiting till Friday were they given a certificate.

    Few questions beg answers. Under what law is CBFC objecting to announcement of release dates by Kannada producers? What law permits them to ask for written apology by producers? When Hollywood and Bollywood films can announce release dates months and years in advance, why are Sandalwood producers prevented? Are Sandalwood producers second class citizens according to CBFC rules?

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    How come the same Censor Board treated Killing Veerappan movie differently? The release date of that film was announced long back and they kept on issuing publicity material in newspapers and television channels with the date. The censor certificate was given to them just one day before the release! Did CBFC take an apology letter from Ram Gopal Verma?

    Many Sandalwood producers have tried to commit suicide and many have lost their homes. Yes it is not just because of these problems that they land in trouble. Some producers come to film industry with lack of knowledge and they overspend, finally resulting in losses. But why does a Central government agency add to their problems? Should not the Censor board treat all film industries equally? Please show any law which says so!

    Now who can solve these problems is the biggest question?

    The KFCC and KFPA are held back from openly challenging the government agency as they have problems with another government agency, the CCI. They have their own restraints. Can the CBFC at least have level playing field please?

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  • Fifty plus Films Released in First Three Months

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    The month of March has ended for Friday and for this Friday the total number of Kannada films to be released in the first three months is more than 50. This year the release of Kannada films started with Shivarajakumar starrer 'Killing Veerappan' and from January 01st to March 25th more than 50 films have been released in the first three months of the year.

    This is the first in the Kannada film industry that so many films are getting released in the first three months. 

  • Gadda Viji in Killing Veerappan

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    Director Gadda Vijay has turned actor with Ram Gopal Verma film Killing Veerappan. He has acted for one day recently and three more days of shooting is pending. He is also seen in the Telugu trailer of the film released last week but not shown in the Kannada version.

    The director of Dyavre and '+' is the latest Kannada director to turn actor.

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    Shivarajkumar Plays a Gentleman in Killing Veerappan

    Theme Music of Killing Veerappan Launched

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    Ram Gopal Verma on Killing Veerappan

     

  • Here's How Veerappan Looks in Killing Veerappan

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    Ramgopal Verma had earlier said that Sandeep an FTII graduate would be playing the role of Veerappan in his forthcoming film 'Killing Veerappan', but had not divulged much details about him nor his character.

    Now photos of Sandeep playing the role of Veerappan has been released. Sandeep looks exactly like Veerappan and has been much appreciated for his looks and make up.

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    Meanwhile, the shooting for the film has already started in the forests of Yellapura. Rockline Venkatesh, Sandeep and other artistes have been participating in the shooting of the film. Shivarajakumar will be joining the sets soon.

  • Killing Veerappan on December 11 says RGV

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    Ram Gopal Verma has announced that he has settled the dispute with Veerappan's wife Muthulakshmi and the film Killing Veerappan will release on December 11. Last week Muthulakshmi had announced that she had got a stay on the release of the film from a court in Bengaluru. This upset the release schedule of the film.

    Other Kannada films were also affected as they were planning to avoid the big film. Muthulakshmi had said that she had given permission to RGV to make the film on Veerappan only in Hindi but it is also being made in Kannada affecting her.

    But RGV has announced that the issue has been amicably settled. The details of this settlement has not been revealed by either parties. But for fans of Shivanna it is a big relief. There were rumours that his other film Shivlingu would be released before Killing Veerappan. Now that speculation is put to rest. 

  • Killing Veerappan Release Stayed by Court

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    Ram Gopal Verma movie Killing Veerappan slatted for released on 19th November has been stayed by City civil court. Raju has filed a case saying that he has taken the story rights from Muttulakshmi Veerappan to do the movie and the story belongs to him.

    Hearing the case details court has stayed the release of the movie. Killing Veerappan starring Shivarajkumar, Parul Yadav, Yagna Shetty and others.

     

  • Killing Veerappan Secret Revealed - Exclusive

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    As to which character Shivanna is playing in Ram Gopal Varma film Killing Veereppan has been a matter of much speculation since the film was launched. But a photo taken by a film fan during the shooting of the film has revealed the secret. 

    Look closely at this photo and you will see the name plate pin on Shivanna's chest which says "Kannan".

    Who is Kannan? Here is the background.

    Both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu created  Special Task Forces to nab or kill Veerappan. These forces spent two decades hunting Veerappan. Senthamarai Kannan was a Tamil Nadu superintendent of police in the TN task force.

    He joined the police force in 1989 as a DSP. But until Veerappan was shot dead Kannan's photo was never known outside the police department. This was because he was in charge of secret operations and did not want his identity revealed to anyone.

    Kannan was in the TN's STF in the last four years of the hunt for the forest brigand. But Kannan's real identity was revealed to public only after Veerappan was eliminated.

     

  • Parul Yadav and Yajna Shetty in Killing Veerappan

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    The shooting for Shivarajakumar starrer 'Killing Veerappan' being directed by Ramgopal Verma is all set to be launched on the 21st of June. Shivarajakumar who is busy with the shooting for 'Shivalinga' will be joining the team from the 26th of June.

    Earlier, only Shivarajakumar was selected for the film. Now Parul Yadav and Yajna Shetty has been roped in as the heroines of the film. Sources say, Yajna Shetty will be playing the role of Veerappan's wife Muttulakshmi in the film.

    Ramgopal Verma himself has written the story, screenplay and dialogues of the film. The film will be made in four languages.

  • Puneeth, Yash to Release Killing Veerappan Audio

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    The post-production of Shivarajakumar starrer 'Killing Veerappan' being directed by Ramgopal Verma is almost nearing completion and the team has decided to release the audio on Monday night at the Chamundeshwari Studio in Bangalore.

    Puneeth Rajakumar who was a special guest during the launch of the film will be releasing the audio along with Yash. Both the actors will be present on the occasion as chief guests and will be launching the audio

    The film is likely to be released in the second week of November.

  • RGV To Do Killing Veerappan in Hollywood

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    If everything goes as planned, then director Ramgopal Verma might take his 'Killing Veerappan' to Hollywood. Ram Gopal Verma himself confirmed that he might do 'Killing Veerappan' in Hollywood.

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    'Recently, I was talking with my Dubai based friend. He had seen thef film and was pretty inspired from the film. He wanted it to be remade in Hollywood. We are planning a complete new version of the film as people in other countries does not know much about Veerappan. In the new film we will be telling who Veerappan is and how he was killed' said Ramgopal Verma.

  • Sanchari Vijay to Act in Killing Veerappan

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    In spite of getting a National award for his performance in 'Nanu Avanalla Avalu', Sanchari Vijay was not flooded with offers in Kannada cinema. Now he has been roped in by none other than Ramgopal Verma himself.

    Yes, Sanchari Vijay is all set to act in Ramgopal Verma's 'Killing Veerappan' which is his debut film in Kannada. Though Verma has not divulged any details about what role would be Vijay playing in the film, sources say he has a prominent role to play.

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  • Shivalinga Likely to Get Released First

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    The speculations about which of Shivarajakumar's two films gets released first has been finally been answered. If sources are to be believed, then 'Shivalinga' is all set to be released in the month of December, followed by 'Killing Veerappan' in January.

    Though 'Killing Veerappan' was launched much later after 'Shivalinga', the film got completed first. But is yet to get a clearance from Animal Welfare Board. Meanwhile, 'Shivalinga' is ready and is waiting to get the censor certificate. So, it is being said that 'Shivalinga' is likely to get released first.

  • Shivanna Deleted Talking Kannada in Tamil and Telugu Killing Veerappan Promos

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    The trailer launch of Killing Veerappan on Shivarajkumar's birthday today had some surprise in store. Not only has director Ram Gopal Verma released the trailer in Kannada but also Tamil and Telugu today confirming that the film is being made in all three languages.

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    This will be the first time that a Rajkumar family actor will be seen in Tamil and Telugu films. But from the promos themselves it seems portions involving Shivanna may be dubbed in other languages. In the Kannada promo Shivanna can be seen talking in Kannada. In the Tamil and Telugu versions, Shivanna talking in Kannada towards the last few seconds has been deleted.

    Another speculation is that the characters may speak Kannada and Tamil depending on the situation as hunt for Veerappan was by both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. But that still leaves out Telugu in which both Kannada and Tamil will have to be dubbed. As of now it seems Shivanna has acted only in Kannada version.

  • Shivarajakumar To Be The Guest at Belli Hejje

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    Actor Shivarajakumar who is looking forward for the release of his two films 'Shivalinga' and 'Killing Veerappan' has been roped in to be the guest of the 'Belli Hejje' the most ambitious programme of Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy.

    The programme this month has been organised at the Ravindra Kalakshetra on November 30th at 5 PM. Shivarajakumar will be sharing his experiences about his personal as well as professional life. He will be answering the questions posed by the audience.

    The programme will be attended by Information Minister Roshan Baig, Parvathamma Rajakumar and others.

  • Shivarajakumar Upset

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    Actor Shivarajakumar seems to be upset over the delay in release of his films. If everything had gone right, then 'Shivalinga' and 'Killing Veerappan' would have been released by now. But both the films have been delayed due to various reasons.

    'I have finished my job and it is up to the producers of both the films to plan about the release. If they delay the film due to various reasons, what can I do? I have done my job sincerely. After discharging from hospital, I immediately started work so that the producers does not suffer because of me. That is commitment' said Shivarajakumar.

    Now it is up to the producers of 'Shivalinga' and 'Killing Veerappan' to decide about which among the two to be released first.

  • Shivarajkumar Plays a Gentleman in Killing Veerappan

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    Just when everybody thought that Shivarajkumar might play the role of STF chief Vijaykumar in 'Killing Veerappan', director Ramgopal Verma has aroused everybody's interests by saying Shivarajakumar is not playing the role of Vijykumar, instead will be playing the role of a gentleman which he did not divulge.

    'As of now, I don't want to divulge Shivarajakumar's role in the film. He has a very special role in the film and I want to keep it a secret' says Verma.

    Verma has roped in NSD graduate Sandalwood to play the role of Veerappan in the film. Sanchari Vijay is also said to be playing a prominent role in the film.

  • Theme Music of Killing Veerappan Launched

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    The theme music of Ramgopal Verma's maiden Kannada film 'Killing Veerappan' was launched on Saturday at the Taj West End in Bangalore. The event was a star studded one with many celebrities including Ravichandran, Upendra and Puneeth Rajakumar coming in for the launch.

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    All the celebrities wished Shivarajkumar and Ramgopal Verma and said they are looking forward for the release of the film.

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    The shooting for 'Killing Veerappan' is likely to start from Monday and Shivarajakumar is expected to join the team from next week.

  • Which Among Shivarajakumar's Two Films Would Release First?

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    Shivarajakumar has completed two films silently and looking forward for the release of both the films. Now it has to be seen which among the two would release first. The first among the two is 'Shivalinga' being directed by senior director P Vasu. The second is 'Killing Veerappan' being directed by Ramgopal Verma.

    Though 'Killing Veerappan' was launched much later after 'Shivalinga', the film got completed first. But is yet to get a clearance from Animal Welfare Board. Meanwhile, 'Shivalinga' is ready and is waiting to get the censor certificate.

    With two films ready for release, it is yet to be seen which among the two gets released first.

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