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Old Kannada songs keep me going: CM Kumaraswamy

Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy inaugurates Dasara Film Festival; 11th International Film Festival will be organised in Bengaluru in February

Mysuru, October 11:- “Some people have been saying that the coalition government would collapse by Deepavali. But I am not worried about such rumours. Old film songs help me not to worry,” said Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy.

He was speaking after inaugurating Dasara Film Festival at Kalamandir in the city on Wednesday.

“When I travel by car, I listen to old film songs. It gives me peace of mind and makes me forget the pain. Such songs are required for society. Today we need good films that would avoid youths going on the wrong path,” he said.

“Mysuru has a great connection with film Industry and stars. Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh and many other film stars used to like Mysuru a lot. Producers used to believe that film would be a hit If it was shot in Mahadevapura, Srirangapattana, and Melukote. I also share a bond with this city. My career in the film industry began in Mysuru. Three films of Ambareesh were released by our Chennambika Institution. I scaled a great success by producing Sooryavamsha movie. Later, Chandrachakori movie starring Sri Murali also was a blockbuster,” he added.

“If I carry human values and culture, it is because of my parents, Kannada film industry and Dr Rajkumar. Good movies used to come in earlier times. Directors of this generation are also trying to give good movies. They should avoid violence in their movies.  Such movies may drag the younger generation into the wrong path,” he added.

“I am like a dictionary of Kannada film industry. I may have entered politics, but even today I can tell which movie is making money in the industry and how much,” he added.

“Only heroes are portrayed in the short movie made on Kannada film industry. Actresses, technicians, producers, directors and distributors have also contributed to the development of the industry and they should also be included in the coming days. The state government is encouraging the film industry. Former chief minister Siddaramaiah granted 100 acres of land in Mysuru for Film City. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy has granted 500 acres of land for Film City in Ramanagara,” Minister for Women and Child Development and Empowerment, Jayamala said.

“I tried to show movie ‘Sarakari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragod’ to the Chief Minister and Primary and Secondary Education Minister N Mahesh. I request them to watch the movie. We have made the movie explaining how Kannada medium schools are closing down. When we were making the movie, there were 42 students in that school and now there are only 27 students and one teacher. We have adopted the school,” said director Rishabh Shetty.

Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy chairman Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar requested the public to watch and enjoy the world-class movies being screened in the city as part of the Dasara 2018. He said that the 11th International Film Festival will be organised in Bengaluru in the month of February. (MR/MN).

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