Create slot for Kannada films in multiplexes: Shyam Benegal

"It's good that Kannada films are exempted from tax in Karnataka whereas 30 percent service tax is charged on a ticket of other language movies. Nonetheless, a slot should be created in multiplexes for screening Kannada films as is being done with Marathi films in Maharashtra," he said at a press conference in the City on Sunday. Benegal, who is also Chairman of the Expert Committee on National Film Awards, brushed aside the call for issuing Statewide censor certificates for films of regional languages.

"Censor certificates are issued at the national level so that a film can be screened anywhere in the country. Issuance of regional certificates, however, will effectively kill this purpose," he maintained.

About the contentious issue of offering lyricists, singers and music directors a share in the loyalty of film songs, the pioneer of parallel cinema in India supported eminent lyricist Javed Akhtar against Hindi film star Aamir Khan.
"Although a song is created with respect to a particular situation in a given film, nonetheless it has its independent existence. Many songs live even decades after a film has been forgotten. Hence, its creators should get a share in the revenue earned well beyond its release," he said.

‘Raajneeti’ controversy
Terming as 'unacceptable' the criticism of Prakash Jha's 'Raajneeti' by the Congress, Benegal said the controversy was a "ploy" of the lower-rung party leaders to "appease" their masters. "The film's covert or overt criticism is deplorable," he said.
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