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Film shooting in soup 

Kochi: A film shooting ended in a controversy after some of those associated with the movie allegedly violated heritage building norms at the over a century old Jayalakshmi Vilas mansion premises at Manasagangotri campus of University of Mysore in Karnataka, media reports said.

The vehicles of the film unit from Bengaluru were seized and the film unit evicted from the premises after heritage activists intervened on Thursday.The film unit allegedly felled three sandalwood trees violating Indian Forest Act. The Forest Department staff seized the sandalwood logs.

Harshita Movies, Bengaluru had taken permission from the University of Mysore by agreeing to 19 conditions by paying a fee of ₹4.35 lakh including ₹1.05 lakh as refundable advance.The violation was detected by the public who brought the matter to the notice of the university authorities and District Heritage Conservation Sub-committee after they found heaps of earth dumped in front of the heritage building from outside to facilitate shooting.

The authorities are enquiring how the vehicles carrying earth were allowed to enter the university premises. Jayalakshmi Vilas Mansion having 125 rooms is one of the 500 heritage sites in Mysuru. The building was built for Jayalakshmi Ammani, sister of Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wadiyar in 1905 and was given to the university by the Royal family in 1959.The Wodeyars ruled Mysore from 1399 before it came under British rule.

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