Kannada cinema also called Sandalwood, Kannada Film Industry, or Chandanavana is an Indian film genre dedicated to the creation of films in the Kannada language, which is widely spoken in Karnataka.
Sati Sulochana, directed by Y. V. Rao in 1934, was the first Kannada-language talkie film. It was also the first motion picture broadcast in the erstwhile Mysore Kingdom, and it starred Subbaiah Naidu and Tripuramba. Chamanlal Doongaji, who created South India Movietone in Bangalore in 1932, produced the picture.
Girish Kasaravalli’s Ghatashraddha (1977), which won the Ducats Award at the Mannan Film Festival in Germany, is an example of Kannada cinema’s experimental side. Dweepa (2002), which won Best Film at the Moscow International Film Festival, Singeetam Srinivasa Rao’s silent film Pushpaka Vimana (1987), which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, and Prashanth Neel’s historical drama K.G.F: Chapter 1 (2018), which became the first Kannada language film to gross more than Rs 250 crores worldwide.
Prakash Raj began his acting career on Doordarshan’s Bisilu Kudure (Kannada) and Guddada Bhootha (Hindi) (Tulu and Kannada). Later, he appeared in Kannada films like Ramachari, Ranadheera, Nishkarsha, and Lockup Death as a supporting actor.
Naandi, released in 1964, made history as the first Kannada film to be presented at an international film festival. This film was shown at the IFFI Kannada cinema Retrospect in 1992.
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