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Bengaluru International Film Festival: Kumaraswamy adds humour as genre to his speech

During the eleventh edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes), HD Kumaraswamy introduced himself as a member of the film industry hinting at his role as a producer along with his role as the father of an actor, Nikhil Gowda. 

Bengaluru International Film Festival Kumaraswamy adds humour as genre speech
Bengaluru, First Published Feb 21, 2019, 8:54 PM IST
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Bengaluru: The eleventh edition of Bengaluru International Film Festival (Biffes) was inaugurated at the banquet hall of Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru by Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy in the august presence of veteran actor Anant Nag, noted actor Harshika Poonacha and popular filmmaker Rahul Rawail.

The guests lit the lamp and set the event rolling at 7:45pm on February 21. Around 200 odd films have been handpicked for film buffs and they will be screened starting Friday. This festival is on for one week. Organisers said, “There is no one good movie. The fact that we have carefully selected the films should tell you that each of them are worth the watch.”

Anant Nag released the catalogue that introduces the details of the films, workshops and programs that Biffes this year entails. 

Bringing Bollywood and Sandalwood closer, Rahul Rawail said, “It has made my day to be present on the same platform as that of Anant Nag.” Echoing the same thoughts in return was the darling of Kannada cinema Anant Nag. The actor further said, “Lovers of cinema from all corners of the world are here. And I wish this industry along with all forms of art grows exponentially.”

Anant Nag along with Kannada film director Nagathihalli Chandrashekar made an appeal to the chief minister. They requested Kumaraswamy to reduce the rent for talkies “considering the circumstances today”. Single-screen theatres and mini theatres are the need of the hour, they said seeking a single window policy.

Kannada film producer Chinny Gowda had another wish to add to the list. He sought a reduction in the price of tickets and requested the chief minister to ensure this film festival reaches districts of Karnataka as well.

Kumaraswamy introduced himself as a member of the film industry hinting at his role as a producer along with his role as the father of an actor, Nikhil Gowda. He recalled the films that he grew up watching highlighting the incomparable talent of evergreen hero of Kannada cinema, Rajkumar. While he praised Anant Nag as one of those versatile actors, the chief minister asked those from the film fraternity to specify their demands in the form of a blue print. He said, “Our government is your government, and we will work towards supporting you.”

Kumaraswamy added that revenue of single-screen theatres is far less compared to a multiplex. He said that members of the film fraternity must stand united in their demands, as “some use muscle power” to stop the screening of a film quite often.

The chief minister, on a lighter vein, said that many want to invest in films to mint money for they get carried away by media that often talk of box office collection running to crores. “Only when they sell their properties and get the film released, do they realise the challenges they face in terms of revenue,” he said.

However, they all concluded the event agreeing to the fact that content and quality form the crux of Indian cinema.

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