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In October, Kannada star Rakshit Shetty — known for backing and being a part of ‘thinking projects’ — tweeted about a film that had blown his mind and that his production house Paramvah would be collaborating with. On November 19, when Raj B Shetty’s Garuda Gamana Vrishabha Vahana (GGVV) was released, viewers could relate to that emotional announcement.
The film marked the coming together of three talents from Dakshina Kannada, the coastal southern tip of Karnataka. It starred Raj (34) and Rishab Shetty (38) and was presented by Rakshit (38). “It stayed with me for more than three days, which is very rare for me,” says Rakshit, who watched it during the Covid-19 lockdown, in June 2020. “I knew this was special and that I had to become a part of it.” The film has now been picked up by Zee-5 — the third Kannada film that the OTT platform has chosen recently — and hopefully will see Kannada movies gain the kind of national popularity that Malayalam and Tamil films are experiencing at the moment.
Dakshina Kannada has slowly been reclaiming its space in mainstream Kannada cinema. Though actor-director Kashinath and Upendra had paved the way a few decades ago, unfortunately, the region’s unique dialect and sing-song diction soon found itself being used just to elicit laughs rather than to serve as a cultural indicator. Quite like what happened to the deep South in Tamil Nadu and to the Hindi hinterland, before the revival (in Tamil, it was the ‘Madurai Triumvirate’ — as Anurag Kashyap calls Bala, Ameer and Sasikumar — with films such as Subramaniapuram, Sethu, and Paruthiveeran; in Hindi, filmmakers like Kashyap, Prakash Jha and Anand Rai went back to small-town India in movies like Gangs of Wasseypur, Gangaajal, and Tanu Weds Manu).
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I am interested to know what is the current situation of movies made in other languages when it comes to them getting dubbed in Kannada. From the little knowledge I have, the industry didnt allow that to happen because they think it will eat into their share of tickets. Is that still the case. Also, for people who speak only Kannada, aren't they being isolated (read deviod) because audiences in other states get to enjoy good movies from other languages dubbed for them.
Background songs are fine or the ones that fade/stop after few moments. It seems I am kind of allergic to song-dance sequences, so gave up on it.
For example I loved
Visaranai (what a film!), but
Asuran was just better than meh.
Aranya Kandam are just too good, so is
Shutter! I have watched Mysskin's
Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum and I couldn't dig it - esp. the acting part.
By the way I loved
Anbe Sivam. I know it has song and dance but it was an exception.
PS. I especially dig slow burn, dark comedy, neo-noir, coming of age and hate overdoing, overacting, portraying actors/scenes as larger than life.
I have very limited knowledge about south Indian film industry. And TIL about Pawan Kalyan. (To his fans, please don’t kill me)
By and large, I trust Baradwaj Rangan's reviews. So I expect his top10 list of southern Indian cinema should also be a good starting point for those who want to start.
Do chime in below with your own views/top 10. Just remember, no spoilers.
In Bhakta Prahalada, the two Brahman teachers of Prahalada or the Brahmans who sing a song somewhere in the middle of the movie are stereotypical Brahmin figures: big belly, ignorant, bad, cunning etc. Can you name a few other Kannada movies where such Brahmans appear?