The last day of the 100 Years Of Indian Films celebrations in Chennai is creating huge problems and heartburn for many. Today is the last day of the celebrations with programmes by all four south Indian film industries.
The last day's problems began early on Tuesday at the Nehru Stadium, which is the venue. Dancers went inside the venue for practice early in the morning. Some of them came out to pick up set properties. The police came after that. Now they are not allowing those who came out to pick the properties from going inside and those already inside from coming out.
Since President Pranab Mukherjee is attending the event, a huge security ring is in place and the usually tight security has been doubled.
Apart from this, the entire programme is turning out to be a Tamil Nadu government event rather than an Indian film event with the participation of other south industries becoming mere side shows.
For Kannada, Telugu and Malayalam industries, the time allotted for their programme is 20 minutes each but for Tamil films it is 40 minutes. Talking to Chitraloka, other industry people say that they have been working hard for this programme for three months and all they got was 20 minutes. A senior Kannada film senior personality said, "What we can do in 20 minutes. Within this 20 minutes they are felicitating eight personalities including Parvathamma Rajkumar, Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Rajendra Singh Babu, Ambareesh, Jayamala, Dwarkish, Ravichandran and Veeranna Chitramandira. We had provided biodata in Kannada of all the eight. In today's function we are given just 20 seconds each to read the biodata of each awardee. Suddenly they say it should be in English and matter should only be connected to film industry. For Ambareesh it was to be mentioned that he was an actor, Member of Parliament and now minister. They have deleted all his political achievements. All the eight felicitations has to be done in 20 minutes including the cultural programme."
Sources told Kannada cultral programme head S Narayan has also not have badge till last night.
100 Years Celebration Images - View
I Want To Be a Kannadiga Says Kamal
Stars Miss Out Centenary Celebrations
Kannada Celebration at Chennai - Detailed Report
100-Years Celebrations Grand Opening
Stars To Attend 100 Years Function
Will the Centenary Celebrations be Grand Successful?
100 Years Invitation Controversy - Exclusive
100 Years Cinema Celebration Postponed