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Age Of The Brawny Male Demigod

Kannada films still shy of women-centric storylines

Age Of The Brawny Male Demigod
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Age Of The Brawny Male Demigod
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2019-03-08T12:56:41+05:30

Film-maker Suman Kittur’s 2016 hit Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu had come amidst an incipient revival of Kannada cinema and the film about the young wives of a village stood out for two reasons—the story, a nugget from Kannada literature told engagingly, and its cast with no superstars. Of the roughly 200 films produced annually in Sandalwood, only a handful is actress-led, a recent example being the Sruthi Hariharan-starrer Nathicharami. Or, going even further back, Shraddha Srinath in the thriller U-Turn.

“We need to have these kind of films coming back-to-back,” says Kittur. Looking back, she says it was indeed a risk picking a story like Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu to make a film. “But we had gone ahead reasoning that if it clicked, it might embolden others too,” she says. But that hasn’t rea­lly happened. The lament is familiar, looping back into the economics of showbiz. And, while Bollywood actresses have created a market for themselves, it hasn’t happened on that scale in the south yet.

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