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The film industry in the state of Karnataka has come to a standstill since the kidnapping of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar last month. Industryites await the promised return of the veteran actor from the clutches of infamous smuggler-kidnapper Veerappan.

The studios as well as moviehouses have been closed since July 31, the date of his abduction. TV channels are airing mostly reruns.

While the entire industry is incurring huge losses, workers have refused to go back to work until the 72-year-old actor is released.

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