Karnataka government shies away from moratorium row

BANGALORE: Finding the chief minister's attitude 'elusive', the Kannada Film Producers Association (KFPA) has decided to start an agitation by taking to the streets against the theatre, which are exhibiting non-Kannada films in violation of the amended three week moratorium, from 24 November onwards.

Three more theatres have started exhibiting Veer Zaara, taking a cue from the three theaters that were exhibiting this film starting Monday, 15 November.

The government is wary of the SC order. Additionally, fearing the contempt of court threat by Yash Chopra, it is trying to wash its hands off the entire matter saying that the seven week or the three week moratorium was a decision taken by the film industry and not by the state government.

The Kannada film industry under the aegis of the KFPA has decided to meet tomorrow to chalk out the future course of action.

In the meantime, the theatre owners violating the ban have approached the high court with a petition that protestors should not be permitted within 500 meters of the theatres.

The government advocate told the judge that necessary protection has been provided and could continue to be there.

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