Govt may extend subsidy to more films

Govt may extend subsidy to more films

Chief Minister D V Sadananda Gowda on Tuesday hinted that his government might offer a subsidy of Rs 10 lakh each to 100 films produced by the Kannada film industry in a year. Presently, the State government offers this subsidy to 75 films every year.

Addressing the gathering at the State film awards ceremony for 2009-10, Gowda said the government would extend Rs 25 lakh subsidy to two additional children’s films in a year. Presently, two children’s films get this grant.

Gowda said the government was keen on establishing the proposed ‘film city’ on 350 acres in Hesaraghatta. The move has been strongly opposed by the greens, as the grasslands there are said to support a unique biodiversity, including migratory birds from Europe and Central Asia. The project will be implemented on a PPP module.

The Best Actor (Subbaiah Naidu) award was presented to late actor Vishnuvardhan posthumously for his role in the film ‘Aaptharakshaka’. His wife Bharathi Vishnuvardhan received the award, which carries a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh, 50 gm gold and a citation.

Actress Anu Prabhakar received the Best Actress award for her role in the film ‘Pareekshe’.  Actor R N Sudarshan was presented the Rajkumar Award, while director C V Shivashankar and producer S D Ankalahi were presented the Puttanna Kanagal award and Vishnuvardhan award respectively.

As many as 30 awards in various categories including direction, editing and music were presented.

The government also felicitated directors and producers of the films ‘Puttakkana Highway’, ‘Bettada Jeeva’ and ‘Hejjegalu’, which have received the national award.

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