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[Regional Cinema] Five must watch Kannada films in 2021!

Updated: Jan 28, 2021

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Every region has its regional cinema and its beauty. Kannada cinema is the segment of Indian cinema dedicated to the production of motion pictures in the Kannada language widely spoken in the state of Karnataka. ( Wikipedia )

Kannada Cinema majorly contributed to the Parallel cinema movement of India. Directors like Girish Kasaravalli, Girish Karnad, G. V. Iyer were the early names to join the movement. T. S. Nagabharana and BV Karanth were also popular names in the movement. Puttanna Kanagal's films were however considered as a bridge between Mainstream Indian Cinema and Parallel Cinema. Let's take a look at some films that have excited me!

Ondu Motteya Kathe (2017), Directed by Raj B Shetty

Source: IMDB

About the film:

Janardhan, a 28-year-old Kannada Lecturer from Mangalore is also an introvert. An astrologer tells him that he would attain sanyasa (embrace asceticism) if he doesn’t get married within a year. Hearing this Janardhan is now in trouble and desperation as he has never had a conversation with women until now, in his life. And all the proposals his family has seen also have gone in vain as he doesn’t look smart. Janardhan continues his search for a bride. In this journey, he faces various situations and conflicts which in turn gives him a chance to revisit his inner core and experience his self-discovery. Does Janardhan find his bride or does the attain a spiritual path at the end of the story?

The film shows the impact of the organized marriage arrangement of India and how much good looks matter in marriage advertisements. The story and the execution is very unsurprising. The best piece of the film must be Shetty's chance as the hero, who we got the opportunity to love and hate. Every last one of us has our idea about magnificence and how we would need ourselves to resemble them. Incongruity is that a great deal of us are simply distraught about how we look. It could be a direct result of the individuals we are around with and how we are raised.

Streaming platforms: YouTube India, Netflix India

2. K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018), Directed by Prashanth Neel

Source: IMDb

About the film:

FROM THE STREETS OF MUMBAI, TO THE BLOODY GOLD MINES OF KOLAR. A period drama set in the 1970s, KGF follows the story of a fierce rebel who rises against the brutal oppression in Kolar Gold Fields and becomes the symbol of hope to thousands of downtrodden people.

K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018) is a comic-book/realistic novel enlivened, with a style that I've never found in Indian film. Stacked to the edge with crude, violence and unadulterated masala, just as filmmaking prompts and shocking set pieces that draw motivation from Christopher Nolan films. As somebody who grew up with action films, I am stunned by this film. It's for me a commercial film done right.

KGF, all the way, is loaded with high octave activity arrangements, The plot is sharp and powerful, the music is normal.

Streaming platforms: Amazon Prime India

Watch trailer: K.G.F. Chapter 1

3. Humble Politician Nograj (2018), Directed by Saad Khan

Source: The Indian Express

About the film:

Nograj, a narcissistic crazy politician who exploits a city and its resources. The film is about Nograj’s aspirations to becoming the MLA ( Member of Legislative Assembly ) in the upcoming elections and the opposition he faces.

It is a film of sorts in Kannada, yet maybe over every aspect of society. Nograj is a politician at a ficticious constituency. I don't consider it a wonderful work yet it is good cinema. I quite lost myself in te first five minutes wen Noraj is exact explanation. I lost it inside the initial five minutes when nograj takes out a wad of money from his chaddi to offer to conventional individual deprived in a bad dream arrangement. at that point jewels like 'carrot-hued facial hair' and 'Manjunath, please my face.

Streaming platforms: Amazon Prime India

4. Pushpaka Vimana (2017), Directed by S. Ravindranath

Source: IMDb

About the film:

A mentally-challenged father lives in his peaceful world with his daughter, both of them are crazy about planes. In his quest to get his daughter that toy plane that she yearns for, he ends up in jail being wrongly accused of a crime he doesn’t commit. What follows is a bittersweet tale of a father and daughter trying to be together.

Writer's comment:

A film revealing to you the honest friendship between a simple-minded dad and his girl being communicated on screen by an unmistakably perfect screenplay, by keeping, a distance from back to back scenes is the feature film . The protagonist is played by the Ramesh Aravind playing the father.

He has done a quite a lovely character while he is playing, with guitless talks with his daughter. The chemistry between the two charcaters: father and daughter is charming. The young daughter is charming and you come to feel the fondness between them. The use of Juhi Chawla's melody was wonderful! The clear message of the film could be, truth wins !

Streaming platforms: ZEE5 India

Watch trailer: Pushpaka Vimana 2017

5. Katha Sangama (2019), Directed by Karan Ananth, Chandrajith Belliappa, Kiranraj K, Shashi Kumar, Rahul PK, Jamadagni Manoj, Jayshankar A

About the film:

Katha Sangama is an anthology of 7 movies blended inside one. 7 directors, 7 DOPs, 7 Musicians and 7 editors have worked in the movie. This is movie is a tribute to legendary Puttanna Kanagal.

I found this work to be a significant skilful amalgam of short stories!

This film was conceptualized by Rishab Shetty as a tribute to one of the Indian film's most prominent movie producers, Puttanna Kanagal. It is a collection made out of seven short movies which are coordinated by seven unique chiefs. The film additionally has seven artists and seven DOPs making this film a significant interesting one to turn out in Sandalwood film.

Streaming platforms: Amazon Prime India

Watch trailer: Katha sangama 2019


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About the Writer:

Adarsh is a Gwalior based writer. He calls himself :

"...a cinephile who loves to travel a lot and explore new things!"

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