It was a perfect day to unveil the logo of Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) turning 75 this year, celebrating platinum jubilee for its glorious days starting from 1944.
Coinciding with International Women's Day, the specially designed logo to mark KFCC's journey was unveiled by Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai in a grand event held on Sunday at Karnataka Chalanachitra Kalavidhara Sangha.
After a brief note on the film body's history and its achievement, KFCC president Mr. Jairaj called upon former president and minister Dr. Jaimala on the occasion of Women's Day.
Speaking on the occasion, Navarasa Nayaka Jaggesh praised the efforts of present and past KFCC office bearers for their constant hard work to get the long-pending demand for a sophisticated film city in the State fulfilled.
He further thanked the Chief Minister Mr. B S Yediyurappa for sanctioning Rs 500 crore for the proposed film city in Bengaluru. "KFCC should follow up on the proposal and get the work done. It is also our duty to extend our gratitude and respect to all those KFCC office bearers and its heads from the past who have relentlessly worked for its growth," said Jaggesh.
Meanwhile, Jaggesh also urged the home minister to take effective measures against stopping piracy and most importantly to work on a mechanism making multiplex theatres to showcase Kannada films on priority.
Former KFCC president Sa Ra Govindu said that he stressed on inviting Mr. Basavaraj Bommai to make him aware on piracy which has been badly affecting Kannada film industry. While he also urged the home minister to take proper action against film piracy, he recalled that it was former chief minister late Ramakrishna Hegde who was the first to initiate the film city idea and even remembered the blueprint prepared 25 years ago by filmmaker V Ravichandran.
Addressing the issues, Mr. Basavaraj Bommai said that the film industry has put forth several demands, which would be cleared in a month's time, and also concerns relating to the exhibitors who are facing the problem for licence. "With respect to film piracy, the cyber department will tackle this issue and declare a war on the piracy," said Mr. Bommai.
He also called upon the film body to prepare an agenda for the next 25 years to face the advent of new technologies in the field in an effective manner.
Mr. Kumar Bangarappa said that he has spoken to the Chief Minister, who has assured that the money will be released at the earliest to start the works on the film city. He expressed that no objection certificate should be given to bring every concerned department in the film industry under one roof.
Along with filmmakers V Ravichandran, Upendra, Jaggesh, the event was graced by former presidents of the KFCC, KV Guptha, KCN Chandrashekat, HD Gangaraju, Dr Jaimala, KV Chandrashekat Thomas D'Souza, Sa Ra Govindu and Chinnegowdaru. Kannada film producers association president DK Ramakrishna was also present.
A grand and colourful event celebrating the platinum jubilee of KFCC will soon follow in the coming days.