On 14th March, Wednesday was a hectic day for actress Tara Venu who assumed office as the chairperson of Kannada Chalanachitra Academy (KCA) friends, politicians and well-wishers thronged the Badami House, which houses KCA, to congratulate her. She spoke with DNA on her plans for the Kannada film industry.
Question: What encouraged the government to consider your name for this position?
Answer: I have been a part of Sandalwood for more than 25 years. My contribution to Kannada films is what encouraged the government to appoint me as KCA chairperson.
Question: What are your priorities?
Answer: There is a shortage of theatres across the state for screening Kannada films. I want to ensure that mini theatres are constructed at all talukas.
Question: There is shortage of theatres in district headquarters, including Bangalore. How are you planning to resolve this?
Answer: Many multiplexes in Bangalore are not screening Kannada films. I will hold discussions with the managements of these multiplexes to ensure that Kannada films are screened. The government should encourage those who want to construct theatres at district headquarters.
Question: What are KCA's plans for the betterment of the film industry?
Answer: My predecessor director TS Nagabharana took a lot of initiatives for improving quality of Kannada films. I want to continue those initiatives.
Question: What are they?
Answer: There is a plan to start a three-year course in filmmaking. Bangalore University has approved the proposal and the course is expected to be offered from the next academic year. We also plan to start a school which will offer courses in TV serial making.
Question: Is there any plan to popularise Kannada films?
Answer: We plan to open a DVD library to provide an Internet database on Kannada films. If it becomes a reality, anyone can download Kannada films by paying a fee. Also, there is a plan to subtitle Kannada films to popularise them among non-Kannadigas.
Question: How are you planning to take forward events such as Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFF)?
Answer: Nagabharana successfully organized BIFF recently. We want to organize children’s film festival and short documentary film festival as well.
Question: Are you planning any initiative to improve the quality of Kannada films?
Answer: KCA’s Script School is offering a six month course for writers; 23 students are availing the training. Last year, an equal number of students attended the course and eight of them have been working in Kannada film industry.
Courtesy: DNA India