Kannada film industry has produced great talents, and some good movies are releasing in this sand too. Having said that, some important facts about this industry would have gone unnoticed by us. Let’s take a look at some of the unnoticed facts about Sandalwood.
1. Maniratnam is an acclaimed director of Tamil film industry. But many may not know that he debuted as a director with the Kannada film Pallavi aur Pallavi. The film had a decent run at the box office and went on to garner few awards including Best Screenplay for Maniratnam.
Juhi Chawla, the vivacious actress of Bollywood, tasted her first success with the Kannada movie
Prema Loka way back in 1987. This was released even before Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak. The movie was well executed and had a feel-good element to it. Ravichandran co-starred with Juhi in the movie.
3. The legendary
Raj Kumar had received State Award for his acting prowess nine times. But he never won the coveted National Award for acting that he deserves. However, he won National Award for singing.
Pushpaka Vimana is a silent Kannada movie that was filmed in Bengaluru. It was also released in Malayalam, Tamil, and English. It had a 35-week dream run in Bengaluru showing that the Kannada audiences always embrace novel attempts.
5. Ace South Indian director (especially in Tamil)
Balu Mahendra debuted into directing with the Kannada movie Kokila.
6. Dr. Raj Kumar is considered to be the first ever actor to appear in Bond-like flicks in India.
Kishan Shrikanth, who is touted to be a child prodigy, is considered to the youngest director of the world. to wield the megaphone for a feature film. He directed C/O Footpath, the critically acclaimed movie of Sandalwood. Kishan also has a Guinness Award to his credit.
Arjun Sarja is fondly called as Action King. He has acted in quite some good movies in Kollywood, Tollywood, and Sandalwood. He was amongst the most famous child actors of Kannada cinema.
9. Maestro Ilayaraja is a living legend and has given several evergreen hits to the South Indian music lovers. He commenced his career by joining as an assistant to famous Kannada music composer G K Venkatesh. He was also mostly associated with Kannada cinema in the beginning of his career.
Deepika Padukone, who was brought up in Bengaluru, debuted with the Kannada movie, Aishwarya. The movie was a commercial success, and her performance was lauded. Later she started to concentrate on Bollywood and her career is going great guns now.