Kannada film industry has been facing a decline in the viewer base over the past decade. The quality of the movies are coming down and the interest of people in Kannada movies has declined immensely. Directors are to be blamed primarily for such dismal state of affair.
But over the past couple of years, new breed of directors have cropped up who have tried earnestly to bring up the quality of movie in the industry. The idea of these young directors is to move away from the traditional method of making a 'masala' flick to something more invigorating and substantial.
One director who could stand out among the failures this year is Rakshit Shetty. He made his debut as a director with Ulidavaru Kandanthe. The movie was not a very successful at the box office and got mixed response from the viewers. But one cannot ignore the quality of the screenplay and cinematography involved.
Another debutant director who managed to capture the attention of the audience and the industry was Prashanth Neel. His movie Ugramm starring Srimurali was a critical and a commercial success. The movie was a mass entertainer, but unlike other movies based on gangsters, this one had a fresh idea and approach.
It is however, very critical to note here that the most of the movies that gained commercial success were remakes. This raises a very important question as to why movies with original ideas are failing at the box office. Director Suni of Simple Aagi Ondu Love Story faced failure with his movie Bahuparak.
Failure of good directors could discourage the innovation and originality in the film industry. Hopefully, these good directors will make more such entertaining and high quality film in the coming years. Below is the list of a some of the best Kannada directors for the year 2014.
Rakshit Shetty - Ulidavaru Kandanthe
Rakshit Shetty is perhaps the most innovative director to come up in the Kannada film industry. Ulidavaru Kandathe was his first movie and he show cased his talent as a film maker through it. The way he crafted the movie promises us that he will make many more brilliant movies in the coming years.
Prashanth Neel - Ugramm
Prashant Neel is another new age director to make his mark in the industry. The movie Ugramm became a landmark for the film industry in 2014 and the actor Srimurali came back into limelight like a Phoenix rising from the ashes. What was appreciable was the treatment the director gave to a mass entertainer.
Krishna - Gajakesari
The director is a known face in the film industry as a cinematographer. He made his directorial debut with the movie Gajakesari, which became a blockbuster hit. It became the 4th successful movie in a row for Rocking star Yash. The director is next going to work in superstar Kichcha Sudeep in Hebbuli.
P Vasu -Drishya
P Vasu is a veteran director who has made blockbuster movies like Aptha Mitra and Aptha Rakshaka. He remade the super hit Malayalam movie Drishyam into Kannada with Ravichandran in lead role. The movie was a critical and commercial success. The director displayed again as to why he is one of the best directors in the industry.
Preetham Gubbi - Dil Rangeela
Preetham Gubbi came into the industry as a writer. He wrote the script of the all time block buster movie Mungaaru Male. He has now become a full fledged director and has directed some hit movies. This year he made the movie Dil Rangeela with Golden Star Ganesh. The movie got good reviews, but was a moderate success at the box office.
Chethan Kumar - Bahaddur
Chetan Kumar started his career as a small time actor in Sandalwood and made his debut as director with the movie Bahaddur starring Dhruv Sarja and Radhika Pandit. The movie was a massive hit upon its release. Chetan Kumar was appreciated for a good direction and editing in Bahaddur.
R Chandru - Brahma
R Chandru came into prominence after the success of Charminar. This year his movie with Upendra titled as Brahma was released. The movie was not a huge commercial success and just managed to recover the cost of production. While the movie screenplay could have been better, the director gave his best to the movie.
Simple Suni - Bahuparak
After the huge success of Simple Aagi Ondhu Love Story, Simple Suni came up with Bahuparak with Srinagar Kitty and Meghana Raj. Unfortunately the movie was a failure in the box office. However, the movie was well crafted and the multiple story line was handled well by the director.