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.”

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