It was not just the debut of Vishnuvardhan as actor and Girish Karnad and BV Karanth as directors that marked the year 1972. There were many other firsts for the Kannada film industry as well. Sipayi Ramu, the film that was the first from Kannada to be shot in the Chambal valley, famous for its dacoits was released this year. Bollywood singer Kishore Kumar sang his first Kannada song for the film Kulla Agent 000, produced and acted by Dwarakish.
The song, Aadu Aata Aadu, is still very popular. Vishnuvardhan made his debut in Vamshavruksha the same year. Later in the same year, Naagarahaavu, in which he played the lead role for the first time, was also released. Ambareesh also made his debut in this film in a small but popular role.
The film directed by Puttanna Kanagal was a landmark in the Kannada film industry and the director made it again in Hindi as well.