CCI gives interim order on plea against ban

The Kannada entertainment industry (film and television) has lost its protracted battle on the dubbing issue. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has passed an order that clears the way for dubbing films and TV serials from other languages into Kannada for screening in Karnataka.

The CCI is a legal authority under the Union government responsible for enforcing The Competition Act, 2002 across India.

The CCI, in an interim order on January 10 on a petition filed by Kannada Grahakara Okkuta and Ganesh Chetan, stated that anyone is at liberty “to exhibit dubbed films and TV serials in the State of Karnataka till a final order is passed by the commission in this case”.

The order was directed at the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), the Karnataka Television Association, the Karnataka Film Directors Association, the Kannada Film Producers Association, the Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy and the Karnataka Film Artists, Workers and Technicians Union.

The Kannada Grahakara Okkuta had complained to the CCI that the KFCC had issued directions to its members prohibiting the exhibition of dubbed non-regional films, barring non-members from releasing films and withholding payment of

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  • The informal ban has been in vogue for six decades

  • Anyone is at liberty to exhibit dubbed films, serials: CCI