The BJP on Thursday came out in support of those protesting the dubbing of movies into Kannada.
“I will speak against the dubbing of other language films and television serials into Kannada in Parliament. We had brought this issue to the notice of Sachin Pilot when he was Minister of State for Communications and IT,” said BJP leader and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar.
The MP was speaking on the sidelines of the unveiling of movie star Rajkumar’s statue at South End Circle.
Former deputy CM R Ashok too was on the protesters’ side. “At present, Kannada cinemas run successfully in 10 to 12 districts of Karnataka. If cinemas dubbed from other languages are screened, this number will reduce further. Lakhs of people depend on cinema for a living and if dubbing comes into play, their lives will become miserable,” he said.
Meanwhile, Yediyur ward councillor N R Ramesh was all praise for Rajkumar at the unveiling ceremony.
“Rajkumar acted in 206 movies of which 96 were exhibited for over 100 days and 47 films ran for 25 weeks, six for a year and one movie for 750 days. Also, 71 of his films were remade in other languages. He is the only actor to have 12,800 fan associations and 220 books written about him,” he said.
These and other interesting facts about the thespian’s life are carved on the statue’s pedestal.
Speaking after unveiling the statue, Kumar said the actor should be awarded the Bharath Ratna posthumously. “When the BJP ruled the State, they had written to the Central government urging them to confer the award on Rajkumar. The State government should write to the Centre again in this regard,” Kumar added.
Standing tall at 14.5 feet and made of 1.75 tonnes of bronze, the statue took form in the hands of Bangalore-based sculptor Nagarajachar. The statue is inspired by a scene from the film Kasturi Nivasa, in which Rajkumar has a pigeon perched on his shoulder.
Plea Against Statue Dismissed
Bangalore: The HC on Thursday dismissed a PIL challenging the installation of a statue of late movie star Rajkumar at the South End Circle in Jayanagar. A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice B V Nagarathna dismissed a petition filed by one Ashok Kumar who referred to an SC order specifying that statues not be erected on the roadside, circles or parks.