By Mekhala Kulkarni
Of all the languages down south, Kannada movies are the least watched. But, that doesn’t make the movies in that language of any less calibre. You just need to give them some of your time and check the substance in their movies.
Here we have listed out a few Kannada movies that you shouldn’t miss watching.
Dr. Rajkumar has always been known for his versatility and this mythological film proves it right. Starring in double roles as father and son, this chapter from the Mahabharata is beautifully scripted and well presented. Watch it only for Rajkumar’s acting and language used in this movie.
There are few love stories that always leave a mark, Bandhana is one such movie. A beautiful love story between two doctors and followed by series of ups and downs and then finally she getting married to another man, who unfortunately ill treats her. The story shows her triumph over life by surviving under all odds without getting committed to any other man. Dr. Vishnuvardhan’s flawless acting, Suhasini Maniratnam’s poise makes this movie a must watch. Music of this film is another plus point one has to look out for.
Kalpana was Karnataka’s most prized possession. Her acting was beyond a match and her expressions were spellbound. In this movie she is diagnosed with schizophrenia. Her family supports her through it resulting in her recovery but what follows later is the perception of the society about a woman who has been to the asylum. The stigma attached to it is beautifully depicted by Puttanna Kangal – the best director the industry has ever seen. Kalpana’s screen presence, her acting will give you goose-bumps.
Naa Ninna Bidalare
One of Industry’s first Horror movies. Comprising a brilliant star cast of Anant Nag, Julie Lakshmi, this love story supported by super natural activities is sure to scare you. Tight script, excellent chemistry between the lead actors, one story you can’t miss.
Love stories have always attracted a large number of cine-goers. If a triangular love story needs perfect depiction, here it is. Dr. Rajkumar, Kalpana and Manjula’s power packed performances, beautiful music, intense dialogues and well written language. This movie is one of my favorites. A love story of a professor whose love story meets an abrupt end gets married to a much in love Kalpana who initially confused with her husband’s behavior does we everything possible to impress him. Innocence, helplessness, distress, all emotions in perfect composition.
The nineties saw a revolution in storytelling. We had amazing love stories that were real life related or inspired. This movie is perhaps the best made in that era. Boating a star cast like Ramesh Arvind, Suhasini Maniratnam, Sharath babu. A lost lover Ramesh Arvind is invited by his friend sharath babu and his wife Suhasini to spend some time with them, on the hills. Reserved, recluse Ramesh finds solace in Suhasini’s bubbly, Chirpy nature. Unplanned he is attracted to her and what follows is a suppressed madness of a lover to get what he wants.
The main USP of this movie apart from the story is the music. One cannot help but keep listening to it in loop.
Anant Nag is a chess champion who isn’t happy with the media coverage he has received despite winning a world championship. An unknown woman who claims to be his admirer calls him up and ends up making him feel better. The entire movie only her voice is heard while her presence isn’t. Anant nag’s desperate chase to find that woman, the woman’s enigma amongst the fast pacing curiosity, this movie will keep you glued till the end.
Kannada industry has always been a fan of depicting gangster movies on screen. This Upendra directed movie starring Shivrajkumar tells a story of an innocent college lad who when rejected by his lover chooses the wrong path and becomes the city’s most dreaded criminal. A cult movie that this is, acting, crisp direction and up to mark editing makes it famous
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