The ongoing movement by the Kannada film industry against dubbing of other language films and teleserials into Kannada took a violent turn on Monday, with members of Karnataka Television Association (KTA) attacking office of a private television channel and damaging its property.

Members of association were arrested by the Ashok Nagar police and case was registered against them. However, they were later released after the channel withdrew the complaint and reached an understanding with them.

According to KTA general secretary Sanjeev Tagadur, the entertainment channel was trying to “dub” Hindi version of ‘Jhansi Ki Rani', a popular serial into Kannada. However attempts were aborted because of the opposition from the association.

Mr. Tagadur told The Hindu that when the channel authorities started telecasting promos of ‘Jhansi Ki Rani', association members fervently tried to contact the authorities concerned to stop its telecast. Telecasting of the Hindi version with Kannada commentary had further aggravated the situation. “Over 35 persons entered the office of the channel and appealed to the authorities concerned to discontinue its telecast. On refusing they ransacked the office”, he explained. Regretting the attack on the office, Mr. Tagadur said that the association members were upset when the authorities were blunt in their response.

The Karnataka Chalanachitra Kalavidara, Karmikara Okkoota, which is consistently opposing the ‘dubbing culture' is charging the channel with “discretely” ushering in dubbing culture, has now taken up the issue. Accusing the telecast of ‘Jhansi Ki Rani' as a discreet attempt to hoodwink the Kannada artiste and technician fraternity, Okkoota president Ashok said that a meeting would be convened soon to discuss the issue.

When contacted, a senior official of the channel, who spoke on condition of anonymity, asserted that not even a single word was dubbed. “We have extensively used footage of the Hindi version and telecast that with sub-titles and commentary. It is just like telecasting a national award Hindi film with subtitles”.

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