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The entire film industry activities will come to a grinding half on Monday, the 2nd August as the Karnataka film chamber of Commerce has decided to a one day Bundh on that day to protest against the disrespect showed to the Kannada film technicians and artists in a programme broadcasted on July 16 by the Bangalore branch of Big FM. The incident has caused deep shock and anguish in the entire film industry which has unanimously decided to observe a day's Bundh on Monday.

Briefing newsman in a press conference organised on Saturday at the Karnataka Film

Chamber of Commerce office, Basanth Kumar Patil, President of the KFCC said almost all the representatives of the film industry were deeply hurt over the contents of the programmes which was unabashedly anti Kannada film industry and workers, artists and technicians working in the Kannada film industry.

"But we received a big jolt later when we went to Big FM office to register our protest. Rather than seeking apology they were prepared to pay some monetary compensation which had further angered us. They said they would tender a written apology, but we do not want to accept any apology from them because they have apologised several times to repeat the same mistake later' said Basanth Kumar Patil. He was supported by M.S.Ramesh, the president of the Kannada film directors association, Actor Ashok, the chief of cine workers organisation and J.G. Krishna, President of the Karnataka cinematographers association. Mr. Ambareesh who was supposed to attend the press conference however did not come to the press conference, but had expressed his support to the decision of the KFCC.

Some bits of the broad casted programme was obtained through the original audio tape and was separately recorded. This tape was played to the media persons who found it highly objectionable.