It seems like the movie makers in Kannada have decided to consider the suggestion of media and audience. In the recent past, the makers of Darshan starrer Brindavana chopped the run time of the movie, following the suggestion from critics and public, who had said that it is too long.
Many Kannada movies in recent days, which had the run time close to three hours were chopped off after its release. Movies like Krishnan Love Story, Kranthiveera Sangolli Raayanna, Lakshmi, Bulbul, Tony and recent Brindavana's run time was chopped off between 5-10 minutes by the crew, just to tighten its narration.
Talking to a leading daily, Brindavana director K Madesha defended that they are not considering the public or people's opinion to chop the run time, but they are doing it because to polish it further. He said, "The team of the film thought that despite a first cut, the film was still a bit too long. So we edited it further. It was not because of suggestions from the audience."
Sources said that the Central Censor board is not having any issue with chopping the run time of the movie. Continue reading the story on slides...
Tony Producer Jaytheertha Says
I had experimented with the climax of the film by presenting philosophy through folklore. There was an opinion that was not required, so I reduced that bit.
It Was A Painful Decision
Jayatheertha added that it was a painful decision as it interfered with his artistic viewpoint. Three minutes in the Tony's run time was chopped off.
Films Length And Fate Are Decided By Mass Audience
The movie maker, who doesn't want to reveal his name said, "Even among Kannada viewers, we have two distinct sets of audiences - what you call the mass audience and the intellectual class. The trouble is that a film's length and fate are often decided by the mass audience, as the second set watches these films much later."
No Special Permission Required
The President of the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce, B Vijaykumar said, "Technically, there are no issues with trimming a film as the Censor Board would have already cleared the entire film. You don't need to get any special permission for this."
Krishnan Love Story
It all started from Krishnan Love Story. Director Shashank decided to chopped off the scene, which reduced the movie's run time by 5 minutes.
The run time of Lakshmi was chopped off for 20 minutes. The movie had Hattrick hero Shivaraj Kumar and Priyamani.
Kranthiveera Sangolli Raayanna And Bulbul
Apart from Brindavana, Darshan's previous movies - Kranthiveera Sangolli Raayanna And Bulbul's run time were also trimmed for nearly 15-20 minutes.