Something surely good is happening in Sandalwood and can we term it as a complete image makeover of Kannada films? Having said that, there are certain directors who have surpassed the trend of regular commercial films and have given us innovative movies. Now let’s see such directors who are creating ripples in the Kannada film industry.
Pawan Kumar gave the Sandalwood audiences the crowd-funded movie Lucia, which was accepted for the innovation in the script as well as the execution. Well, he made a dream debut with the romcom Lifeu Ishtene which was received well both commercially and critically. Then his latest release was U Turn which also had a novel script. He was not complacent with the stereotype movies but explored the horizons of cinema other than mainstream movies.
Pawan Kumar started his career with theatre and was involved in producing plays. With the idea of finding a larger platform where he can convey his stories, he got interested in filmmaking and learnt the same process.
Raam Reddy belongs to a business and political family and is an economics graduate. He pursued studies in a film industry in Prague. He had never watched Hindi or Kannada films during his young days. In fact, he was not inclined towards cinema. And now this young director has given us the internationally acclaimed Thithi which has garnered a cult following.
Anup Bhandari, who was a software engineer, debuted as director with the commercially and critically acclaimed
. The movie, which was interspersed with murder, sacrifice, spirits tec. ran for over 365 days. Anup is multi-talented; he is a writer, music composer and lyricist too. Now he is working on his next movie named Rajaratha. The movie is supposed to be a romcom entertainer with
and Avanthika Shety in the lead roles.
Hemanth M Rao
Hemanth M Rao debuted with the superb movie Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu with
in the lead. He was an engineer before venturing into filmmaking. He did not study at film school but had an inclination towards writing and movies even before entering into film industry.
Navaneeth entered the cinema industry when he was 17 years and has been in the industry for over 12 years, observing, learning, and assisting. And he debuted with the movie Karva which was a different attempt in showing a spirit on the bungalow. The movie has no songs but only background score; it was also a mix of two different genres.
Rakshit Shetty is an actor and also a director. His directorial venture Ulidavaru Kandhante won him award and Ricky is another venture of him. Rakshit, who entered the industry with the idea of becoming an actor, took up direction too.
Well, the upsurge of such young directors in Sandalwood it’s indeed a welcome sign. Also there is no denying that Kannada cinema is in the journey of a transitory phase with alternative cinema finding its way.