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    Ashok Kheny colorful dreams

    Thursday, August 02, 2007
    The Bangalore-Mysore Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) CEO Ashok Kheny making debut into film production from Hindi film ''Shaadi Ke After Effects'' wants Bangalore to be the movie production center for the world.

    Ambitious personality with colorful dreams spoke to this correspondent at Hotel Ashok in Bangalore.

    Why you are in to film making business?

    I want to give meaningful films. This is a very good mass media where we can build our nation in a constructive way. I want to bring national integration through films. I want to encourage new talents. I am ready to identify the talent at the grass root level.

    What is this 'Shaadi Ke After Effects'?

    After marriage living for seven to eight years we tend to forget the spouse. We reject our wife giving one or the other reasons. The wife of neighbor looks beautiful in most of the cases. On this aspect Mr Indrajith Lankesh has directed a film starring Arbaz Khan, Madhuri Bhattacharya and Tara Sharma in the lead.

    You play the role of 'Maharaja' in AR Babu's 'Maru Janma'. How was the experience?

    It was nice working with A.R.Babu. He came up with the offer to make me king in his film. I went to Jaipur for the shoot. The film is about re-incarnation. I appeared in a guest role in 'Aishwarya' Kannada film prior to this.

    You wanted the Kannada and Hindi version to release simultaneously?

    I came to know that dubbed Kannada films are not allowed in Karnataka. So I shelved the Kannada version of 'Shaadi Ke After Effects'. I have plans to make 10 films in a year.

    You are aware that there is no dubbing of other language films to Kannada in Karnataka. Any comments…

    I was not aware in the beginning. That is the reason why I proposed dubbing films in Kannada. While doing so a huge penalty fee should come in to Kannada film industry is what I felt. Then the Entertainment tax exemption what the government is giving should be collected it. After collecting it the government can give back the ET to the concerned producer. What I mean to say is that when competition is restricted the growth is less.

    Can you give an example to your statement?

    See what happened when Doordarshan came. There was no competition. But in the late 90's there has been flood of private television channels. The Doordarshan geared up further to face this competition.

    What happened to your intention of building film city?

    The project is coming up soon on 300 acres land near Freedom Park. My heart is with Karnataka. I want to come up with 100 Vilas, 20 studios and provide all luxury to save the time of film makers. A film maker coming here could finish his project in 30 to 40 days. I want flags at this place in honor of media. They are democracy flags too.

    Have you set a time limit for this?

    It is difficult to say how much time it takes and how much money is involved in this project. I intend for 300 film production by various persons at this film city.


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