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Veteran Kannada filmmaker Girish Kasaravalli's Gulabi Talkies, which won the best Indian film award at Osian's Cinefan Film Festival recently, was released in only one multiplex at Bangalore with one show per day.
"It's not that we had no takers, but we didn't approach any other multiplex for the film. We asked PVR in Bangalore to screen our film and they agreed. My last film Naayi Narelu was also released in PVR only," said Kasaravalli, who denied rumours that the multiplex has threatened to remove the film from the theatre if it fails to pull crowds.
"In the first week, we have got a lot of office-going crowd and those interested in media and arts, but now in the coming weekend, we are expecting a lot of college students," he said.
Gulabi Talkies is the screen adaptation of Kannada writer Vaidehi's book Gulabi Talkies and Other Stories. It is about an expert midwife Gulabi, who is neglected by a number of people for being a Muslim. Popular actress Umashree plays the lead in Gulabi Talkies. She bagged the best actress award for the film at the 10th Osian's Cinefan festival. The cast also has K.G. Krishnamurthy and M.D. Pallavi.
Kasarvalli is known for making socially and politically relevant films, his In the Shadow of the Dog won a special jury award at the Osian's film festival in 2006. Currently, he is talking a Kannada film for Big Motion Pictures.