KARNATAKA

Time to give back to film industry: Tara

Tara, chairperson ofthe Karnataka ChalanachitraAcademy.— Photo:V Sreenivasa Murthy  

National award-winning actor Tara, the new chairperson of the three-year-old Karnataka Chalanachitra Academy (KCA), will take charge on Wednesday, according to sources.

Described as a gregarious and talkative actress of the Kannada film industry, Ms. Tara, who has been facing the camera from the past 25 years, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2009. Elated by the new responsibility, Ms. Tara told The Hindu that she had joined BJP in 2009 and the party had recognised her services and that she would be grateful to her party bosses for that.

The incumbent chairperson Mr. Nagabharana had envisaged various programmes to promote film culture and improve the quality of Kannada films. Tara said she would continue the programmes Mr. Nagabharana had launched and implement those that are there in the pipeline. She said she would conceptualise new programmes after consulting representatives of the Kannada film industry.

“It is an opportunity for me to give back to the Kannada film industry, which has been instrumental in making me what I am today”, she said.

On her plans to promote film culture in the State, she said that the Kannada film industry was facing a crisis and only Kurmavatara by Girish Kasarvalli got the National Award recently. “I will consult the representatives of the film industry, film writers and critics before chalking out a detailed programme for boosting the sagging image of Kannada films”, she said.

25-year career

Bagging national award for her performance in Haseena directed by Girish Kasaravalli was the landmark in Tara's career. Her performance in Kanuru Heggadati directed by Girish Karnad was another milestone in her 25-year career. She has received State awards four times for her performance in Krama, Munjaane Manju, Kaanura Heggadathi and Cyanide . Her performance in Bhagirathi by Baraguru Ramachandrappa received appreciation from critics.

Ms. Tara, who made her debut through Tulasidala by Vemagal Jagannath, has acted in over 500 films. She has even acted in Tamil films directed by Manirathnam ( Nayagan and Agninakshatram ). Even as Ms. Tara was planning to hold the megaphone, she has been given the responsibility to head the KCA.