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FILM AWARDS ON RAJ BIRTH ANNIVERSARY EVERY YEAR
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overnment of Karnataka will present the State Film Awards on April 24, the birth anniversary of thespian Rajkumar, every year. This was stated by chief Minister Siddaramaiah after conferring the state film awards for 2014 and 2015 in Bengaluru on Sunday.

The chief minister also said the government will provide subsidy of Rs 10 lakh to 125 films henceforth up from the present number of 100 which he said is to motivate film-makers to come up with quality films with message to society.

Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda, who was also present exhorted film makers to make movies depicting the rich heritage and culture of Karnataka. 

While ‘Thithi’ won the best movie award for 2015, the best actor and best actress awards were bagged by Vijay Raghavendra and Malashree. ‘Harivu' secured the best movie award for 2014 while Sanchari Vijay and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy got the best actor and best actress award.

The lifetime achievement awards for 2015 were conferred on Harini (Dr Rajkumar award), Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar (Puttanna Kanagal award) and Rajan (Dr Vishnuvardhan award). Basanthkumar Patil, Baraguru Ramachandrappa and Suresh Urs got the respective awards for 2014. A number of awards were presented for both the years on the occasion.

Siddaramaiah said he would deliver his speech first and then give away awards later after he noticed that most of the audience had left the venue after the awards were presented.

Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for families of Anil, Uday:
 The state government has declared a compensation Rs 5 lakh each to the families of Anil Kumar and Raghava Uday, the two actors who drowned in the Thippagondanahalli reservoir during the shooting of a film. 
Expressing his grief over the deaths, the chief minister blamed the stunt director and film director for the accident. “From the clippings of the incident, it is clear that safety measures were not in place. Such accidents should not happen in future,” he said.
-14/11/16














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