Jayaram Karthik and Kamna Jethmalani starrer horror film Chandrika is releasing this week. It promises to be one of the most lavishly made horror films in Kannada. The film is also made in Telugu. Srimukhi and Girish Karnad are other important actors in the film directed by Yogesh.
The film makers including producer A Asha promise that this film will be on par with the best horror films in Kannada. Sandalwood has a rich history of horror films. Some of the landmark horror films in Kannada include, Na Ninna Bidalare, Tulasi Dala, Ssh, Apthamitra, Aaptharakshaka and in recent years 12AM and 6-5=2.
Though horror genre is considered niche, these films became cult classics in their own time. Another film that came close was Yaaradu with story by veteran actress Leelavathi. Though the film did not make good at the box office it is considered one of the best horror films in Kannada. Kalpana with Upendra in the lead was a box office success and the sequel is in the making. But it was a remake.
The question is whether Chandrika can match these films in quality and content?.
But the producer and director is condifent about the movie.
There are confident signs from the film makers and we will know this week.