Kannada poster in Bangalore

I love the tag line! Some research indicates it’s for a film called Thirupathi.

45 Responses to “Kannada poster in Bangalore”

  1. The folks from Bangalore here could fill us in on the details..

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  2. some more

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  3. this one is classic

    ivru PM ivru 8 PM (whiskey) .lol

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  4. Best. Tag line. Ever.

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  5. The actor looks like Surya in Singam…

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  6. This is for you satyam:

    kannada film poster

    This one for Jay :

    kannada film poster

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  7. Thanks for all the great links!

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    • now this is superb!

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      • its not hyderabad but bangalore!. Mahesh babu has a huge fan base in bangalore

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        • Bangalore is a unique city in this sense.. it is to my mind the only one (in India) where four Southern industries and of course Bollywood truly converge.

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          • I recall cousins of mine who grew up and lived in Bangalore for their teens and twenties saying that the reason this was so was because Kannada films had them running to the other Indian industries!

            Seriously though I’ve never seen a Kannada film I’ve liked and I’d love to try and get my hands on a few titles to see how things have come along in the intervening decade or so since I last saw more than one…

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          • I’ve never seen one either though I am of course interested in a couple of important names.. on the rest and based on what I’ve gathered elsewhere I suspect it’s a bit like Telugu cinema with lower budgets. But Aajkaarjun here would be the best guide..

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          • That’s a good strategy! Of course they do have all these linguistic communities and so a wider base than is the case anywhere else. I do know they have some tough laws when it comes to out of state cinema.

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          • Well Bangalore is a city that I probably know a bit better than any other Indian metro, including Trivandrum…I recall being there in the middle of the Rajkumar kidnapping by Veerappan. Exciting times for a movie fan to see the true madness you had with these roving gangs of Rajkumar fans (essentially movie nerds on steroids!) beating on random people who crossed their path and could not answer trivia on the aging mass star! You can’t make this stuff up!

            One could easily make a documentary or a docudrama on this episode…it continues to be relevant in many ways both politically and in terms of ardent cinema love in the Southern industries.

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          • “I recall being there in the middle of the Rajkumar kidnapping by Veerappan”

            Must have been wild! always thought Veerappan deserved a good film.. RGV wasn’t upto it with Jungle.

            By the way I take it you have some working knowledge of Kannada?

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          • I luckily (or unluckily) missed out on some of the more pronounced wildness. But yeah. The city basically shut down for a good stretch which, I’ll selfishly add, killed my trip at the time, but I have to admit it was a kind of thrilling moment to be around for…it was the first time I’d had a direct experience with the truly mythic status accorded to both the movie star and the celebrity “politico” in a local Indian culture.

            RGV, if I’m not mistaken, attempted to make a film ridiculously titled “Let’s Catch Veerappan” or something….but that petered out, thankfully.

            I don’t know a lick of Kannada. I may have picked up a word here or there as a kid, but I’ve retained next to nothing unfortunately…

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          • the ultimate screen legend of Kannada cinema captured by this larger than life celebrity outlaw.. even the movies couldn’t better this!

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          • The Kannada film industry was completely and thoroughly monopolised for the longest time by Raj Kumar and his family. And though he was a good actor, he was also a crafty producer(read his wife) and manipulator. For most of his time in the industry he actually lived in Chennai for all the post-production work took place there. his kids amazingly grew up there. He(his family) did not allow ANYONE else to come up. His bigtime rival was Vishnuvardhan(his fans and Rajkumar fans often clashed fairly publicly) who at best was a mediocre actor. even in Puttanna Kannagal’s seminal film on a rebel without a cause(NAGARAHAAVU that another poster has referred to) he was sublimely over the top, never having come to grips with the medium of cinema as against the stage.

            Then there were people like Shankar Nag and Anant Nag who were politically correct and stayed within their own spheres of work, incidentally both were migrants from Mumbai, in the sense though originally from Karnataka, Shankar did not speak a word of Kannada when he moved to Bengaluru with his brother. However success changed all that and in a short while his talent began to shine through. Once again his films did not quite get very massy though the content was a thinking man’s cuppatea (ACCIDENT, MINCHINA OATA(lightning’s run), NOEDI SWAMI NAAVU IROEDU HEEGE being some of his fare).

            Over the years the Kannada film industry has produced fairly pedestrian people including the Ravichandran, Jaggesh types. And when the audiences had a choice of better production values, be it Hindi, Tamil or Telegu that is what they chose!

            You had the odd Kasaravalli, Karnad, Karanth, Kannagal do an odd film here or there, but they were never commercially overly successful. For people that really want to check out a decent Kannada flick, I would highly recommend ONDAANONDU KAALADALLI (Karnad’s martial arts flick inspired by Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai). The Dandeli forests have never been more beautifully shot by anyone before!

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          • Thanks for this wonderfully comprehensive comment Aarkayne!

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          • anytime Satyam.

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  8. check here for banners & posters on Telugu cinema

    http://www.agreatindian.com/posters/posters.asp

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  9. “I suspect it’s a bit like Telugu cinema with lower budgets”

    Exactly πŸ™‚

    I would recommend movies of Girish Kasaravalli & Puttana Kanagal though

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    • I’ve heard very good things about Kasaravalli’s cinema, in fact I believe Adoor Gopalakrishnan is a fan of one of this films…

      Kanagal I have not heard of, however…

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      • I saw “Dweepa” (The Island?) years ago in the cinema in NYC, found it a bit slow but always engrossing — and the film was not at all dialog-heavy, and in that sense was very cinematic, it SHOWED the audience rather than told it. And the whole setting was gorgeous, the natural beauty shot through with a sense of foreboding (the whole film builds up to a bigtime climax). All in all, it might not be to everyone’s taste, but I certainly recommend it…

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        • Not surprised to hear Adoor likes him, based on the scanet evidence of the 2 adoor films and the 1 kasaravalli film I have seen. They both seem to me to be directors of silences. Of the three films from these two directors I have seen, Elippathayam (“Rat Trap”) is far and way the stunner.

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    • those are exactly the two directors I have been interested in though subtitled DVDs might not be forthcoming in this lifetime!

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      • Satyam, GF,Q:

        You guys should check out the works of Puttana Kanagal. His films were in the middle path and struck a chord with audience. Girish Kasarvalli movies were always slow and more like art films. Some of the films u might like are ‘Nagarahavu’ (The Cobra) , ‘Sharapanjara’ (Cage of Arrows) ),’Manasasarovara’,’Ranganayaki’. He also directed a few tamil and hindi movies as per this -http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puttanna_Kanagal
        Couple of my freinds have bought some kannada movies them from this site http://www.totalkannada.com But not sure if you get a subtitles in them πŸ™‚

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    • I’d like to check out a few Sudeep movies as well.. I first saw him on the Rann stills and I think he has a presence.

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  10. Aarkayne: your comment is an education for someone like me, who knows nothing about the Kannada industry. Greatly appreciated…

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    • No worries Q. If you have questions shoot them my way. Though I was not raised in Karnataka (I am a Mumbaikar by domicile) I have enough of Kannada running in my blood to have followed it all my life with a lot of interest, wincing at weak things and feeling proud whenever anything of substance came out. For the amount of fantastic literature that the language has (6 Jnanapith awards no less and more than any other language dare i say) the cinema it has produced is abysmal. All they needed to do was convert all that wonderful stuff into movies. Whenever they did, they always did come up with good stuff. I still await the day when someone will write a screenplay of Byrappa’s PARVA(Mahabharata retold in a contemperory vocabulary whose translation English is available through the Sahitya Academy) and it is made into film!

      Incidentally I daresay I dont know half as much as our dear friend Shetty does(is he even here?)

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  11. Rajesh: thanks bro. No, sadly I rely on subtitles. That’s why there is such a lag between release and my review (e.g. of Pasanga, Anjaathey, Naan Kadavul, etc,), because I wait for the subtitled DVD to release. But what frustrates me is that sometimes there are no subtitled DVDs at all (e.g. Evano Oruvan (not a huge problem, as I have seen the original, Dombivli Fast, and this is apparently a scene-to-scene remake); Puthupettai)…the other irritating thing is that while all Hindi prints sent overseas are subtitled, the Tamil ones almost never are. I don’t understand why (they should subtitle them for the same market they subtitle the DVDs for!)…

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  12. “Bangalore is a unique city in this sense.. it is to my mind the only one (in India) where four Southern industries and of course Bollywood truly converge.”

    True, and this extends to some regions outside Bangalore as well. So it’s perhaps more appropriate to say this of the film audience in some parts of Karnataka.

    Though, in Bangalore specifically, I doubt if there’s half as as much an audience for Malayalam films as for Telugu and Tamil films. But again, in the southwest of the state (Mangalore and surrounding regions), I believe Malayalam films are quite popular.

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