18 days after his shockingly untimely death Kannada superstar Puneeth Rajkumar’s fans continue to mourn for him. There is shock and disbelief in the Kannada film industry ,and the doctors who could not save the iconic star’s life are still receiving threatening calls.
Today November 16, the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce(KFCC) is geared up to celebrate Puneeth Namana , a 3-hour prayer meeting/homage to Puneeth Rajkumar which will be attended by the who’s who of the Karnataka film industry and politics. The Kannada film industry has been shut down for the day.
The chief minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai is expected to attend the Puneeth Namana which will take place from from 3 pm till 6 pm at Palace Grounds in Bengaluru.
The mega-event expected to be attended by Puneeth’s superstar colleagues from the Kannada film industry including Yash (of KFG) and Sudeep, is already mired in controversy as the ordinary fans of the departed icon are feeling cheated for not being allowed access to the event.
Only 1500 handpicked guests will be allowed to attend. The rest would have to be satisfied watching the event live on television.Apparently Puneeth Rajkumar’s fans feel unhappy with what they see as the highhandedness of the KFCC.
“Why should the fans not be allowed to attend when they are the ones who made Puneeth Rajkumar who he was?” says actor Dhyaan who has worked in several Kannada films.