The Kannada film industry in the year 2021 was once again bleak and the attack of Corona Pandemic consumed the zeal and enthusiasm of the cinema industry.
100 plus films released, 100 plus days no screening, only one film celebrated 100 days that is ‘5 Adi 7 Angula’ of last year, there was a film name in ‘100’ by Ramesh Aravind. Average one person a week we lost the cinema industry people. For 52 weeks we lost 52 film personalities is another major setback of 2021.
After three releases in April, second wave of Corona Pandemic forced the halt of cinema exhibition. It was on July 12 theaters opened again.
Films like Dhruva Sarja ‘Pogaru’, challenging star Darshan ‘Robert’, Dhuniya Vijay ‘Salaga’, Kichcha Sudeep ‘Kotigobba 3’ (break even), Srimurali ‘Madagaja’ and surprise hit of Raj B Shetty and Rishab Shetty acted ‘Garuda Gamana Vrushabha Vanaha’ scored well in the box office. The collections seem to be very good for year end releases like – Rider of Nikhil Kumaraswamy and Badava Rascal of Dolly Dhananjay maiden production.
The two vital films ‘Yuvarathna’ of Puneeth Rajakumar and ‘Bhajarangi 2’ of Dr Shivarajakumar had to be content with the OTT releases after a few days of theatrical releases.
In the average slot are ‘Inspector Vikram’, Lanke, 100, Premam Poojyam and Sakkath not found big setbacks in the collections.
The year 2021 Corona Pandemic consumed year gave a new platform for the Kannada films made a good beginning besides the scores of dubbed films (approximately 35 films from other languages dubbed to Kannada). However, dubbed films to Kannada received major jolt in the box office.
In the OTT platforms films like ‘The Painter’, Seetharam Benoy’ (after OTT also this film did fairly well in the box office) IKKAT, Rathnan Prapancha, Kannadiga films had direct releases instead of releasing in the theaters.