Sandalwood was infamous for using same stereotype plots and remaking of films from other neighborhood langues. But later the industry became much famous for some extra ordinary creations. Now movie lovers are waiting for another magical creation from this industry. Check out the list of some of the must watch films from Kannada.
IMDB Rating : 8.4/10
Lucia is known as the path breaker in Kannada film industry. Most of the movie lovers from outside Karnataka peeked in to Sandalwood after seeing this movie. It was released on 2013 and directed by Pawan Kumar. Sathish Neenasam and Sruthi Hariharan does the main leads and it follows the story of a common man who’s suffering from insomnia is tricked into buying a drug, Lucia, that makes his desires come true in his dreams. The movie goers calls this movie as Indian version of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
The movie was remade in to Tamil with Siddharth in lead and titled as Enakkul Oruvan. It was became average in box office and missed the soul from the original version. So if you are planning to watch the Tamil version, just avoid it watch the original Kannada Lucia.
IMDB Rating : 8.7/10
Rangitaranga was released on 2015 and proved that this industry has the potential to go beyond those stereotypical movie formulas. The movie follows the incidents happens after a novelist and his wife take a journey to a village called ‘Kamarottu’. There aim is to find out an anonymous novelist named Anashku and it gets complicated when they start to experience some unnatural occurrences.
IMDB Rating : 8.5/10
Thithi, a much accliamed movie which casted non-professional actors from villages in the Mandya district of Karnataka. Movies plot revolves around three generations of men reacting to the death of their 101-year old patriarch. Thithi was screened at various film festivals around the world and won numerous awards. It also bagged the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada at the 63rd National Film Awards.
4. Ulidavaru Kandanthe
IMDB Rating : 8.7/10
Rakshit Shetty, the name is enough for watching a Kannada movie. It’s an anthology neo-noir crime-drama film written and directed by him. The film involves five stories connected to an incident of a person’s death, with the each character narrating it in his own perspective.
Movie is now remaking in to Tamil with Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly in lead. Movie is titled as Richie and will release soon. But the makers says it wont be like the original version and will concentrate more on the central character.
5. U Turn
IMDB Rating : 7.7/10
U Turn is a mystery thriller and it was the next directorial venture of Pawan Kumar after Lucia. Movie’s plot revolves around an intern journalist and police inspector duo, who trying to solve the mystery around the death of motorists who break a traffic rule at a particular flyover in Bangalore. The film was remade in to Malayalam as Careful by director V. K. Prakash.
6. Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu
IMDB Rating : 9.0/10
Another Rakshit Shetty starer film which got much appreciation from both the critics and viwers. The movie’s story is about Venkob Rao, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and has been admitted to an old age home by his career driven son Shiva. One day Venkob goes missing and Shiva was forced to pause his hectic life to search for his father. Shana, a doctor who take care his father also joins him. It’s a powerfully scripted craft with pleasing lyrics and emotionally intense dialogues.
7. Naan Avanalla Avalu
IMDB Rating : 8.3/10
Naan Avanalla Avalu is another much acclaimed Kannada movie which bagged two awards at the 62nd National Film Awards including Best Actor for Vijay. Movie is based on Living Smile Vidya’s autobiographical work I am Vidya and narrates the story of a transgender woman. The film revolves around her life as she, growing up as a boy, cherishes her feminine characteristics and begins living as a woman and depicts the appalling life of the transgender community in Indian society.
8. Kirik Party
IMDB Rating : 8.8/10
Kirik Party is 2016 block buster movie starring Rakshit Shetty, Rashmika Mandanna and Samyuktha Hegde in lead roles. It’s a college life based story and has little bit similarity with Malayalam blockbuster Premam. Movie shows the different stages of college life with friendship, love, sentiments and it will definitely give you a nostalgic feeling.
IMDB Rating : 8.2/10
We have mention some beautiful dramas and mystery thrillers in above list and if you are looking for an action thriller here it is. Ugramm is considered as one of the best in Kannada in 2014. Movie starred Srimurali and Haripriya as the lead pair. Story revolves a man who is trying to protect a girl from those who are hell bent on killing her.
10. Mungaru Male
IMDB Rating : 8.3/10
Last but not the least, Mungaru Male a beautifully crafted musical romance film which trashed all records of Kannada film industry. It was released on 2006 and became the first movie to hit the 50 Cr nark in Sandalwood. Movie starred Ganesh, Pooja Gandhi and Anant Nag in lead roles. Movie tells the story of Preetam, who falls in love at first sight with Nandini. The sweet romance set in the monsoons, boosted by too good songs and music.