Last few years have been very good for Kannada Film Industry in terms of producing good cinema - Lucia, Rangitaranga, Ugramm and Ulidavaru Kandanthe to name a few. A few movies may not have succeeded at the box-office but these are the movies which will become cult classics in the long run and inspire the new guns to make a good movie.
We are yet to reach the middle of 2016, but there are already
many reasons why 2016 will be the best year for Kannada Cinema. We
have tried to list out a few movies which made every Kannadiga
proud and took Kannada cinema to new heights.
Made by Pawan Kumar of Lucia fame, the movie created buzz from the day project was announced. It released worldwide last month, and Pawan succeeded in reaching everyone's expectations which made this movie as a super hit. At the same time, movie was appreciated by critics all over the world, for its screenplay and narration.
U Turn has managed to collect close to 5 Crores (worldwide nett
collection) till date which is very good and iterates the point
that good cinema has audience in any part of the world.
It is being remade in Telugu and Tamil by a well-known
production house with top Telugu/Tamil actress Samantha playing the
lead role, which would be a testimonial for Pawan Kumar's work in
times when our top stars are remaking movies from Telugu and
The movie which had non actors and made by newcomers was not known to Kannada media, leave alone the Kannada audience, until movie was premiered and appreciated in Mumbai Film Festival last year.
The movie had a theatrical release almost after a year and
undoubtedly, today this is most spoken about Kannada movie.
Meanwhile, movie went on to win awards in many international film
Also, Thithi was adjudged as the best movie in both National and
State Awards. If this was something less to be proud of, bigwigs of
Bollywood like Aamir Khan, Irfan Khan, Anurag Kashyap, Kangana
Ranaut and many other celebrities watched this classic at private
screenings and took to social media to appreciate this gem.
Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu
This Anant Nag starrer was in news from the day project was announced. When movie released earlier this month, movie surpassed our expectations and turned out to be a very good movie. The performances of all the artists especially Anant Nag and Vasishta N Simha were appreciated unanimously.
The movie was just released in A Centers and responses have been
fantabulous till date. In the weekends, it had almost 100%
occupancy in the multiplexes and in weekdays, percentage is nothing
less than 90, which is again excellent. One last wish for fans
would be, Anant Nag Sir winning an Oscar for the stupefying
A few may be shocked looking at our fourth pick, but we have reasons why we can be proud of this movie and what it did differently from the other movies. Despite having a star hero in the form of Shivanna and commercial director P Vasu, movie did not follow the typical commercial formula.
Shivalinga completed 100 days in 6 theaters including 4 single
screens at a time when it is a big achievement for a movie, if it
completes a week or two in a theater. The movie was released in
other metropolitan cities and overseas as well. It garnered good
responses in those centers as well, proving once again that at the
end of the day, only content matters.
Let's hope that this is just a start, we have many more meaningful and good cinema coming up in Kannada Film Industry. Keep supporting good Kannada cinema!