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Kannada cinema 2008 - 20 out of 118 win

IndiaGlitz [Tuesday, December 30, 2008]

Another disgusting year for the Kannada cinema industry has passed. Out of 118 films released only 20 films managed to sail through in which some of them are super hits, average hit and reached break even. This year had the highest releases so far in the history of Kannada cinema. Nearly 130 films went on the floor in this year is another development.

Upendra has made a fabulous come back from 'Budhivantha'. Upendra's film is the top grosser and second best is Puneeth Rajakumar's 'Vamshi'. Sudeep's Ghooli was average while 'Mussanje Mathu' was a hit. It is in this year the stylish actor Sudeep went to Bollywood and acted in Ram Gopal Verma's 'Phoonk. Darshan in fact gave a good beginning in the year from Gaja. He failed to click in other two films Indra and Arjun, the home banner film of Darshan 'Navagraha' (where seven actors of seven villains of Kannada cinema played roles) has given good opening and made him comfortable.

The strongest man in the box office Puneeth Rajakumar 'Bindhaas' was average but the super hit 'Vamshi' showed that he is the real power star of Kannada cinema. It was average year for Ganesh. 'Gaalipata' of Ganesh clicked in the box office but not the other three films - Aramane, Bombaat and Sangama. The producers did not bit the dust but they did not made whopping business from Ganesh films.

Shivanna had one average hit Sathya in Love while Bandhu Balaga was a disaster, Prajwal Devaraj is OK, Komalkumar from Garagasa made a new horizon, Ajay Rao got back a foot hold from 'Taj Mahal'.

Among the heroines Ramya had two flops and one hit films. Her Mussanje Mathu was super hit while Bombaat and Anthu Inthu Preethi Banthu failed to ring cash registers.

It is in this year the rise of television channel has helped the Kannada film industry on the financial matters. Even an ordinary budget Kannada film saw 50 percent safety from channel and DVD rights. The tie up made with corporate houses has further eased the producer is another notable feat of the year.

The music directors who take the share for good tunes in the year are Harikrishna for lovely tunes in 'Gaja, Galipata, Navagraha and Payana Gurukiran from Sathya in Love, Aramane and Bombaat and Abhiman of 'Taj Mahal. In the list of newcomers Sridhar from Mussanje Mathu, Rickey Kej from 'Accident' and Emil from 'Nanda Nanditha' for noticed. Rathnavelu got attention for his cinematography in 'Gaalipata'.

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