How Facebook resolved a Kannada movie scandal

The Kannada cinema industry is, well, an industry. Dubuious producers put money in an obscene number of films, only a few of which even recover their money. Nepotism is the middle name when it is not conformism. Every few years, it breaks into a predictable fit about “remakes”. And so on.

Last month, the actor Ramya got into a kerfuffle with a producer, who accused her of skipping the music launch of a new movie as she had gone furniture-shopping for her new home. It turned out the producer owed her money, that her complaints to the film chamber had gone in vain, that he was whipping up publicity for his film, that Gandhinagar’s MCPs were targetting her. Etcetera.

Eventually, the matter was resolved. But thank Mark Zuckerburg for it, writes Saritha Rai in The Indian Express:

“Kannada filmdom’s reigning diva, Ramya, aka Divya Spandana, has demonstrated that social networking can no longer be dismissed with a flick of the wrist…. By using Facebook and Twitter, Ramya took on the stodgy, male-dominated Kannada film industry and triumphed.

“Ramya’s outpouring of woe, 140 characters at a time, travelled at the speed of light. As her tweets gathered momentum, the feud escaped the tweetosphere and became the talk of Sandalwood’s gossip networks and newspaper columns.

“Livid at her tweets, the Karnataka Film Chamber, a hoary, clubby group — where wives of producers and actors represent the meagre female presence — said they were banning the actor for a year. No producer would work with her, they declared.

“Not to be cowed, Ramya tweeted that there was no sense in banning somebody who had already renounced her career. And, she tweeted cheekily, she had received five new film offers within hours of the ban. Ramya’s micro-blog escapade threatened to blow up into a full-fledged war between Sandalwood’s actors’ lobby and its producers’ group. Sensing the embarassment, veteran actor Ambarish stepped in to mediate.

“The ban against Ramya is revoked, [producer] Ganesh has promised to repay her money and all is well, at least on the surface between Ramya, the Film Chamber and the producers.”

Read the full article: Tweeting for grrl power

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4 Responses to “How Facebook resolved a Kannada movie scandal”

  1. Pagan Says:

    Total support to Ramya here. Most of the men in Sandalwood are perverts. Always waiting for a chance to exploit a woman. Go Ramya Go!

  2. Amygdala Says:

    Right Pagan.I am with you.Ramya stood firm when all and sundry fell aside.I always liked Ramya’s spunk – top marks for her stand.Bravo Ramya.I like you even more.

  3. Brahmappa Says:

    ‘Actress’ morons. There is a gender sensitive word, please use it. Please do not become like our mainstream media where English grammar is being brutally murdered every single day.

  4. jnana Says:

    Kannada in FaceBook

    ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷಾಭಿಮಾನಿಗಳೇ!!

    ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕನ್ನಡ ಇಲ್ಲವಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ನಿಮಗೆ ಎಂದಾದರೂ ಬೇಸರವಾಗಿದೆಯೇ?? ೫ ಕೋಟಿಗೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿದ್ದರು ಯಾಕೆ “ನಮ್ಮ ಭಾಷೆ-ಕನ್ನಡ” ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಇಲ್ಲವಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ಅಂತರ್ಜಾಲವೆಲ್ಲ ತಡಕಾಡಿದಾಗ ನನಗೆ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತು ಉತ್ತರ!!ಹ್ತ್ಮ್ಲ್

    ಯಾವುದೇ ಭಾಷೆ ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಕೆಗೆ ಬರಲು ಆ ಭಾಷಾ ಜನರ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಬೇಕು

    ಇಷ್ಟೊಂದು ವಿದ್ಯಾವಂತ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಿರುವಾಗ ಕೇವಲ ೨೫೦ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರು ಸದ್ದಿಲದೆ ತಮ್ಮನ್ನು ತೊಡಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ,
    ಗೆಳಯರೇ ಇಸ್ಟೊಂದು ಬಡವಾಯಿತೆ ಕನ್ನಡ?? ಯಾಕೀ ಅಭಿಮಾನರಹಿತ ಮನಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಲ್ಲಿ !?

    ಒಂದು ಸಮೀಕ್ಷೆ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ಒಬ್ಬ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ೩೯ ನಿಮಶಗಳು ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಅಂದಾಜು ಕಳೆದು ಹೋಗ್ತಾನೆ! ಅದರಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ ೫ ನಿಮಶಗಳು (೧೨.೮%) ಕನ್ನಡ ಭಾಷೆಗಾಗಿ ವಿನಿಯೋಗಿಸಿದರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಗುರಿ ಅತಿ ಶಿಗ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ತಲಪಬಹುದು!! “ಸ್ವಾಮಿ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಸ್ವಕಾರ್ಯ” ದಂತೆ, ಇದರಿಂದ ನಿಮಗೂ ಅಲ್ಪ ಉಪಯೋಗವಿದೆ:

    ೧. ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಭ್ದಕೋಶ ಮರೆತ ನಮ್ಮ ಬುದ್ದಿಗೆ ಅದು ಪುನ್ನಚೆಥನದಂತೆ
    ೨. ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂದೊಂದು ದಿನ ಕನ್ನಡ ಬಂದರೆ(ಬಂದೇ ಬರುತ್ತೆ!!) ಅದನ್ನು ನೋಡಿದಾಗ ನಮ್ಮದೂ ಕೊಡುಗೆ ಇದೆಯಂದು ಹೆಮ್ಮೆ!!
    ೩. ನಮ್ಮ ಪರಿಮಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ‘ಕನ್ನಡದ ತೇರು’ ಎಳೆದ ಸಂತ್ರುಪ್ತಿ.

    ನಿಮ್ಮ ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ಗೋಡೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಇದನ್ನು ನಕಲು ಮಡಿ!! ಇತರರಿಗೂ ಮಾಡಲು ಪ್ರೋತ್ಸಹಿಸಿರಿ. ಕಾಡ್ಗಿಚ್ಚಿನಂತೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರಲ್ಲಿ ಜಾಗೃತಿ ಮುಡಿಸಿರೀ.. ಒಮ್ಮತದಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲರೂ ಕೈ ಜೋಡಿಸುವ…. ಈ ಕೈಂಕರ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ನಮ್ಮೆಲ್ಲರ (ಕನ್ನಡಿಗರ) ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ ಬೇಕೇ ಬೇಕು…

    ಒಬ್ಬ ಕನ್ನಡ ಅಭಿಮಾನಿ
    ಅವಿನಾಶ್ ಈಶ್ವರ್ ಪಟೇಲ್

    PS: ದಯವಿಟ್ಟು ಕ್ಷಮಿಸಿ ತಪ್ಪು ನುಡಿದಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಅನೇಕ ಭಾಗ ಮಡಿ ಗೋಡೆ ಮೇಲೆ ಹಚ್ಚಿದಕ್ಕೆ.. ಫೇಸ್ ಬುಕ್ ಒಂದೇ ಸಾರಿ ೧೦೦೦ ಪದಗಳು ಹಾಕಲು ಅವಕಾಶವಿಲ್ಲ

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