Long-cherished dream of the industry will be realised: CM
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has assured members of the film industry that the government will set up a film city in Bangalore by involving the private sector.
Members of the Film Federation of India (FFI), the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) and the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) called on Mr. Siddaramaiah here on Sunday and discussed problems and various issues pertaining to the industry.
The Chief Minister told the industry representatives that the long-cherished dream of the Kannada film industry to have its own film city would be realised. All support would be extended to private entrepreneurs who would come forward to invest in the project. The government has proposed to set up the film city at Hesaraghatta on the outskirts of the city.
KFCC president H.D. Gangaraju and SIFCC president Shashikumar submitted a memorandum to the government. They said the industry was suffering on account of high service tax and “exploitation” by satellite-based digital networks.
Industry members urged the government to support construction of ‘Janata’ theatres for the benefit of the poor in district headquarters. The members urged the government to bring all multiplexes under the purview of the KFCC.
Minister of State for Information R. Roshan Baig said the government would provide all support for the construction of Janata theatres in district and taluk headquarters.