The long-drawn-out feud between big and small screen reached a boiling point here on Tuesday with a few producers taking exception to movie stars hosting television shows. Upset by the impact this has had, the producers have approached the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) asking it to “restrain” stars from participating in television shows.
The producers are targeting Sudeep (Big Boss), Ramesh Arvind (Weekend with Ramesh) and Ganesh (Super Minute) who host popular shows. According to the producers, people are preferring to watch their favourite actors on the small screen.
According to H.D. Gangaraju, KFCC president, the Karnataka Film Producers’ Association (KFPA) has written a letter to the apex film body asking it to “restrain” the three stars from hosting shows. “Following a formal letter from the KFPA, we had a discussion with producers on Monday and decided to hold another discussion on August 24,” Mr. Gangaraju told The Hindu.
The KFCC would also hold meetings with actors’ and directors’ associations and chief executive officers of entertainment channels, he said.
Refusing to react to the controversy, N. Munirathna, KFPA president, said he did not want to comment till the issue was discussed at the association’s executive committee meeting on August 27.
According to Mr. Gangaraju, the genesis of the problem lay in entertainment channels becoming selective while buying satellite rights of films, following a cap on advertisements by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). They are buying films starring Shivarajkumar, Puneet Rajkumar, Sudeep, Darshan, Ganesh and a few other top stars.