Kannada Film Industry Continues to Destroy Hesaraghatta Grasslands

Mahesh Bhat

Mahesh Bhat

I have been working towards preserving the grasslands in Hesaraghatta near Bangalore with my colleagues at the Arkavathy River Rejuvenation group. The govt. of Karnataka proposed to build a film city here and a public interest litigation (PIL) opposing that has been filed in the High Court of Karnataka. Consequently, the Karnataka High Court ordered all parties to maintain status quo until further notice.

The land is under the supervision of Kanteerava Studios which lets it out for shooting movies. The crew always leaves the area without removing the garbage. Recently a large set of a village was constructed for the shooting of a movie called Bhajrangi, apparently starring Shivrajkumar. When they packed up, this was the state of the land. This is how much they care for the environment.

CI had published a photo-feature on the destruction of the grasslands and an article highlighting the problems caused by photographers.

More recently, a colossal statue was erected as part of a set for a Puneet Rajkumar-starrer Mythri blatantly violating the Karnataka High Court order that the ecosystem be left undisturbed.

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Mahesh Bhat
The author is an editorial and documentary photographer based in Bangalore, India.


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