The Kannada film industry witnessed a big transformation at the flag end of the Year 2018 as KGF Chapter-1 showcased its calibre at National level with overwhelming response particularly in Hindi and Telugu apart from Kannada version. It paved way for more Pan India releases from Sandalwood which is a bright spot in the days to come.

Sandalwood produced 200+ movies in 2019, but only few were able to succeed commercially at Box Office. Small budget movies by debutante directors failed to get handful number of screens. Few newcomers showed promise with their ventures despite the failure at Box Office. With diminishing Single screens count every year, it’s a wake-up call for the Industry to keep the theatres busy across all 12 months with quality content and well-planned star studded releases.

2019 Sandalwood Report

2019 was a year to remember for Darshan and Rakshit Shetty. Despite having no releases in 2018, they had their audience waiting with their promising ventures. All releases of Darshan – Yajamana and Kurukshetra were able to score big at Box office with Kurukshetra emerging as the Highest Grosser of 2019 and completed 100 days run across major centres of the state which is a rare sight nowadays. After keeping himself away from silver-screen for nearly 3 Years, Rakshit came back with a bang in 2019 with his ambitious project ‘Avane Srimannarayana’ directed by debutant Sachin Ravi. The move has garnered great response at all released centres. Other Language versions of ASN are also scheduled for release in Jan 2020.

Rishab Shetty’s Bell Bottom, Sudeep’s Pailwaan, Darshan’s Odeya, Puneeth’s Natasarvabhouma, Upendra’s I Love you, Jaggesh’s Premier Padmini, Kalidasa Kannada Meshtru, Sathish Neenasam’s Bramhachari, Sri Muruli’s Bharaate, Chemistry of Kariyappa, AP Arjun’s Kiss & Rishi’s Kavaludari were other good entertainers this year. Rachitha ram and Hariprriya entertained the audience with handful amount of movies in 2019. Experimental flicks like Birbal, Gantu Moote, Nanna Prakara, Alidu Ulidavaru, Chambal, Babru, Katha Sangama, Kavacha, Bazaar and Geetha received good reviews but failed to have its impact at Box office.

Dubbed releases are still a new trend in Sandalwood and would need few more days for kannadigas to get used to other language content. It was good to see Jagamalla, Rangasthalam, Syeraa, Dabangg-3 releasing in Kannada this year irrespective of its run at Box office.

Promising Debutants

Abhishek Ambareesh (Amar), Dhanveer Gowda (Bazaar), Shreyas (Padde Huli), Virat (Kiss), Tanya Hope (Yajamana), Sanjana Anand (Chemistry of Kariyappa), Teju Belawadi (Gantu Moote), Sanah Thimmayyah (Odeya), Anupama Parameswaran (Natasarvabhouma), Sri Leela (Kiss) were few of the noteworthy faces to look forward for KFI.

Expectations for 2020

2020 looks bright for KFI with many star studded releases which have set high expectations already.

Darshan is getting ready with his 2 most awaited Pan India releases ‘Roberrt’ and ‘RajaVeera Madakari Nayaka’ in 2020. Yash with his most awaited sequel ‘KGF Chapter-2’, which also has Bollywood star Sanjay Dutt as Antagonist. Puneeth Rajkumar – Santhosh Anandram combo’s ‘Yuvarathnaa’ is slated for April release. Sudeep is busy wrapping up his ambitious project ‘Kotigobba-3’ and is also expected to don director’s hat again after 7 years. Dhruva Sarja’s ‘Pogaru’, Duniya Vijay’s ‘Salaga’, Ganesh – Yograj Bhat combo’s ‘Gaalipata-2’, Shivanna’s Drona, Bhajarangi-2 & Rakshit Shetty’s ‘Charlie 777’ have already created a lot of buzz among the audience.

Let’s hope that 2020 will turn out to be a magical year for KFI and many fresh scripts from passionate film makers shall enthral the Audience.

CINELOKA team wishes everyone a very Happy New Year 2020


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