Almost all single screen theaters in Karnataka will be screening Kannada films from tomorrow. This is a bonus for Karnataka Rajyostava. With many films doing well at the box office and the release of Mukunda Murari and Santhu Straight Forward in nearly 300 screens each, over 700 of the 750 theatres in Karnataka will be screening Kannada films film from October 28.
Distributors and exhibitors Chitraloka spoke to say that this is an unprecedented number which was not seen for many years. MM and SSF among them will occupy not less than 500 theatres and many more shows in multiplexes also.
Of the remaining around 250 single screens, Nagarahavu, Dodmane Hudga, Jaguar, Dana Kayonu and Rama Rama Re will have between 25 to 60 screens each. Even big other language films are unable to stand up to this avalanche of Kannada movies.
The Hindi film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil has all of 27 shows in single-screen theatres in Bengaluru. In many of these single screens it has managed to get only one or two shows. Tamil fantasy film Kashmora, which is said to be the highest budget film for actor Karthik has managed to get only 30 shows in single-screen theatres in Bengaluru. Kannada films have occupied all the traditional theatres that screened Hindi, Tamil and Telugu films.
Puneeth Rajkumar's new film starts today with the script Pooja in a temple in Bengaluru. The film is directed by Pawan Wadeyar. Puneeth and Pawan get together for a film after Ranavikrama.
Sources say that the shooting of the film will start after the completion of Raajkumara directed by Santhosh Anandram. Sources also say that the film is produced by Lagadapati Sridhar. Meanwhile Wadeyar has completed his film Nataraja Service with Sharan which is releasing this month. Puneeth's Dodmane Hudga released two weeks ago and is turning out to be a huge hit. Only a small portion of shooting is left for Raajkumara and the film is likely to be released in December.
Even as the entire country is opening up its mind to the terrorist attack in Uri and India's response to it, the people in Sandalwood who had the remote connection to Pakistan and its people are tight-lipped. From Salman Khan to Zee's Subhash Chandra the question of Pakistani artistes in films and television has become a heated topic.
Pakistani actress Veena Malik acted in the Kannada film Silk. No Sandalwood personality who worked in this film, from director Trishul, producer RV Venkatappa, actors Akshay, Sadhu Kokila, music composer Jessie Gift or anyone else have even made a public statement whether they would work with a Pakistani actor in the current situation. Veena Mallik came to Bengaluru and issued movie Tickets to the fans who were thrilled!
Another Kannada film Matte Mungaru was about an Indian who is held in a Pakistani prison for several years. The film starred Srinagar Kitty and was directed by Dwarki. It was produced by E Krishnappa who is a MLC. But none of the film team has spoken a word about the Pakistani created terrorism that is affecting India now.
Ex Minister and MLA CP Yogeshwar produced and acted in the film Sainika. The film was directed by Mahesh Sukhadhare and was about a soldier's life during and after a war with Pakistan. Neither Yogeshwar or Sukhadhare have made a statement about Pakistani terrorism.
Sarvabhouma movie starring Shivarajkumar, Mayuri is also on Indo - Pak subject which was directed by Mahesh Sukhdhare.
It is not compulsory for everyone to make a statement about every issue.
But film personalities who have made use of the Pakistani issues in their commercial films could at least make a statement condemning terrorism in such a time.
The iconic Vajreshwari Combines building in Gandhinagar, that houses the Rajkumar family's film business offices and the editing studio will be razed shortly. A new building will come up in its place within a year.
The demolition of the old building will start in the first week of October. Dodmane Hudga the home production of Vajreshwari Combines releases on September 30. Director Suri who is very sentimental about the place insisted that he wanted to complete all the work of the film in the old building. So the demolition was postponed to October first week.