The Kannada viewers, impressed by the retelling of Captain GR Gopinath’s inspiring story within the Suriya-starrer Tamil flick ‘Soorarai Pottru’, raised an necessary query: why didn’t a Kannada filmmaker make a biopic of this well-known Kannadiga?
Gopinath, the founding father of Air Deccan, hails from Gorur in Hassan district. He give up the military and have become a farmer. He then launched a finances airline, realising his dream of getting folks to fly for simply Re 1.
Naturally, Gopinath was disillusioned that his biopic wasn’t made in Kannada. Karnataka has an overflowing variety of position fashions. Surprisingly, it seems that solely filmmakers from exterior the State are all for their inspiring tales.
Ashwini Iyer Tiwari, who earned reward for her rural Hindi comedy-dramas like ‘Nill Battey Sannata’ (2015) and ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’ (2017), is making a movie on Infosys co-founder Narayana Murthy and his spouse Sudha Murthy, writer, social employee, and chairman of the Infosys Basis.
Sandalwood hasn’t witnessed sports activities biopics regardless of Karnataka being a sporting hub. In the course of the lately concluded Indian Premier League, England cricketer-turned-commentator Mark Nicholas requested legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar what makes Karnataka’s KL Rahul so particular. Gavaskar’s reply mirrored Bengaluru’s nice sporting legacy.
“I believe it’s the Bangalore secret, it’s the Bangalore water. There’s something about Bangalore that not simply produces fantastic sportspersons but in addition nice fashions. There may be Prakash Padukone (badminton nice), who’s my all-time favorite Indian sportsperson. In cricket, there’s Gundappa Viswanath, Erappali Prasanna, Anil Kumble, BS Chandrasekhar, Rahul Dravid, and plenty of extra. Have a look at these names! It’s obtained to be one thing to do with the Bangalore water,” stated Gavaskar with a chuckle.
Within the final decade, there have been solely these three noteworthy biopics from the Kannada Movie Business (KFI): ‘Attahasa’ (2013), ‘Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna’ (2012), and ‘Chambal’ (2019). AMR Ramesh’s ‘Attahasa’ was a gripping tackle forest brigand Veerappan. It was technically sound and well-researched.
‘Chambal’, by Jacob Verghese, is a taut movie on IAS officer DK Ravi, who was discovered useless at his residence beneath suspicious circumstances in 2015. Jacob created a plausible world round an sincere man in civil service.
Naganna’s ‘Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna’ (2012) deserves reward for its technical mastery. BS Lingadevaru’s hard-hitting ‘Nanu Avanalla Avalu’ (2015), starring Sanchari Vijay, was based mostly on Indian transwoman movie character Dwelling Smile Vidya.
On real-life incidents, ‘Dandupalya’ (2012), on the infamous gang by the identical identify, was disturbing, stunning, but a well-acted movie. It was a thriller within the true sense however its sequels have been forgettable, with the filmmakers having nothing new to supply aside from sexual abuse and gory murders.
Kannada cinema isn’t bereft of iconic figures. Rajkumar, Puttanna Kanagal, Vishnuvardhan, Shankar Nag, and Ambareesh are outstanding names in a wealthy historical past. Up to now, KFI was identified for a lot of stellar feminine actors too.
Pooja Gandhi, who starred and produced ‘Abhinetri’ (2015), didn’t do justice to the life story of Kalpana, whose profitable profession was marred by well being points and a failed relationship. Within the movie, Pooja lacked grace and her horrendous dialogue-delivery was an insult to the gifted actor.
Other than these, the opposite biographical movies have been largely based mostly on criminals from the underworld. The likes of ‘Lethal 2’ (2010), ‘Bettanagere’ (2015), and ‘RX Soori’ (2015) is not going to ring a bell to the viewers exterior Karnataka.
Wanting on the pattern, it’s obvious that romantic dramas and crime tales are Sandalwood’s favorite topics. One should not overlook its obsession with remakes. Since 2010, there have been roughly 140 remakes.
So why are Kannada filmmakers hesitant to make biopics? They’re afraid of individuals’s reactions, feels Ok Puttaswamy, the well-known Kannada movie historian.
“Some off-beat administrators have achieved it however largely with an intention to take their movies to movie festivals. ‘Savitribai Phule’ (2018), starring Tara, is one such instance. I believe our filmmakers are afraid as a result of folks right this moment are oversensitive,” he says.
“In 1987, Krishna Masadi made ‘Avasthe’, a movie on Shantaveri Gopala Gowda. However aside from the setting that confirmed a politician from Malnad, nothing else within the movie resembled the socialist politician’s life, resulting in controversy,” Puttaswamy recollects.
Bollywood is the house for biopics. The movies are steered by massive names. Are superstars in Sandalwood enthusiastic about biopics? Rockline Venkatesh disagrees.
“I’m not certain if our heroes are prepared to characteristic in biopics. For the longest time, Kannada cinema didn’t have the huge attain loved by the Tamil and Telugu industries. So folks hesitated to provide story rights to us,” says the veteran producer, who’s bankrolling ‘Madakari Nayaka’, a movie on the final ruler of Chitradurga, with Darshan within the lead.
Administrators don’t need to get entangled in authorized hassles, feels director AMR Ramesh, whose ‘Attahasa’ confronted a hurdle when Veerappan’s spouse Muthulakshmi sought a keep. The Chennai Excessive Court docket later vacated it.
“When you declare you’re doing a biopic, you will need to use actual names. We can’t harm the folks concerned within the story. That’s the place analysis is necessary. We, biographical filmmakers, are like journalists as we accumulate a variety of info. A number of the key factors to recollect are you could’t take sides, can’t have a central opinion, or exaggerate. In actual fact, convincing celebrities takes a toll on administrators,” says Ramesh.
Ramesh is engaged on a 100-hour net sequence on V Prabhakaran, chief of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). The formidable mission will start after the discharge of the 12-hour net sequence on Veerappan known as ‘Veerappan: Starvation for Killing’.
Biopics are sure to get embroiled in controversies. Within the identify of inventive freedom, the makers of ‘Gunjan Saxena’ (2020) have been criticised for disrespecting the Indian Air Pressure and overlooking info. Mani Ratnam’s ‘Iruvar’ (1997), an epic biopic on the lives of MG Ramachandran and M Karunanidhi, obtained right into a battle with the censor board.
It’s a risk-filled and unsure path and for now, Kannada administrators are glad staying away from it.