Mangaluru: Tulu film producers in Mangaluru are urging the Karnataka government to provide subsidies for 20 regional language films annually, with a particular focus on Tulu language productions. The plea comes from R Dhanraj, the President of the Tulu Film Producers Association, who is seeking government support for the regional film industry.
Dhanraj emphasized the importance of including producers and directors with expertise in the Tulu language in the government committee responsible for deciding on film subsidies. He believes that involving individuals with a deep understanding of Tulu will lead to more informed decisions regarding financial support for the industry.
Additionally, Dhanraj has called for the allocation of land for the construction of a dedicated building for the Tulu Film Producers Association. This move aims to provide a central hub for the association’s activities and initiatives.
Addressing the broader recognition of regional cinema, Dhanraj highlighted the need for Tulu films to be considered for the prestigious Rajyotsava Awards, an annual recognition of outstanding contributions to the arts and culture of Karnataka.
The Tulu Film Producers Association plans to bring these demands to the attention of Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during his visit to Dakshina Kannada on November 24. The association hopes to engage in constructive dialogue with the government to promote and support the growth of Tulu cinema.
One specific proposal from Dhanraj involves extending the revenue-sharing model seen in multiplexes for Kannada and Hindi language films to Tulu movies. This would ensure that producers of Tulu films receive a percentage of the total earnings in a manner similar to their counterparts in other languages.
As Tulu film-makers continue to advocate for greater recognition and support, their efforts underscore the unique cultural and linguistic contributions of regional cinema in Karnataka.