Thanking for the favours

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Thanking for the favours

Veterans: Bharathi Vishnuvardhan, Saroja Devi, Parvathamma, Jayanthi and Jayamala.

The Kannada film industry’s constant battle with its biggest villain, the piracy industry, finally got some support from the chief minister. In a small programme held at the Palace Grounds on Tuesday, they decided to thank Chief Minister Yeddyurappa for all the goodies he has bestowed on them.  
 
Barring the absence of few stars, the majority of the film fraternity made it to the evening of dance, drama and more. Before the chief minister made his grand entry, the stars were seated. KFCC president Jayamala was at the entrance welcoming each guest including the likes of Vishnuvardhan and Bharathi, Ambareesh and Sumalatha, Parvathamma Rajkumar, Saroja Devi, Tara etc. Dressed in a simple tee and jeans, a much slimmer Ganesh and Darshan too made an entrance with Raghavendra Rajkumar, Shivarajkumar and Puneeth Rajkumar. In other words, it was a mini Amrutha Mahotsava except that it was far more organised and absence of Ravichandran was observed.

The highlight of the evening was obviously the entertainment. Scripted and directed by Ramesh Aravind, the show began with an Attakalari performance by Yash, Chiranjeevi Sarja, Aindrita Ray, Sharmila Mandre and team.

The glam factor was brought in by Pooja Gandhi, Radhika Pandit, Meghana and Bhavana, who danced to a remix version of Ninnindale.... Music director Gurukiran and his friends gave the audience a quick run through Kannada film songs of the last 75 years.

Dressed as a cowboy, Gurukiran also performed another remix song which was very apt for the evening. What got the audience laughing was the comedy track on sale of pirated CDs staged by Komal, Doddanna, Tennis Krishna and a surprise entry of Shivarajkumar. Real Star Upendra too provided a jhalak along with his ‘duplicate’.

The show had some real glitz and glamour as many stars who had already performed, including Puneeth, shook a leg to a song that sent out a message against sale or purchase of pirated CDs. The programme concluded with a Shiva thandav and a laser show.

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