In 1973, Anant Nagarakatte, entered the film industry as Anant Nag with the film Sankalpa. The same year, Rajkumar's 150th film, Gandadagudi was released. It was the only film in which Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan acted together. In 1974, another landmark film Bhootayyana Maga Aiyyu directed by Siddalingaiah was released. It was based on a short story by Goruru Ramaswamy Iyengar. The same year, the film Mahatyaga had writer DV Gundappa on screen talkin gabout the film's writer MR Sri.