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Gaja and Galipata dominated Kannada Charts

Gaja - The film re-establishes Darshan as the top action hero of Kannada cinema. Its collections have crossed the Rs.10-million mark in Bangalore. Galipata - It has enjoyed a huge opening and has all the potential to become a big blockbuster. Galipata stars Golden Star Ganesh

Kannada actor-producer Jayamala gets a doctorate

Jayamala, well-known Kannada actress and producer of National Award winning films like Thaayi Saaheba and Thuttoori, has been awarded a doctorate by Bangalore University for her thesis on rehabilitation programmes for homeless women in the state.

'Bindaas' to see Puneet in a new avatar (Preview)

Puneet Raj Kumar's fans can hardly wait for his next film, Bindaas, which is expected to be released either in the last week of January or early February. Film's director D. Rajendra Babu says Puneet plays a completely different character in it.

'Milana' goes strong even after silver jubilee

Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melidhe - Pre-release hype and publicity on TV channels did help the film to get a fantastic opening. But the box office collections have shown a decreasing trend. The film has been released in over 70 centres across Karnataka.

Mano Murthy, Hari Krishna rule Kannada music market

Galipata - Hari Krishna has composed some top songs like Galipata, Thadim dheem tana and Minchaagi bandhu for the album. Music directors Mano Murthy and Hari Krishna are ruling the Kannada audio market.

Mano Murthy protests 'plagiarisation' of his music

Popular Kannada music director Mano Murthy is contemplating legal action against the producer and the music director of Vaana for unabashed plagiarisation of original tunes and denial of credit to him as the original composer.

2007 - year of 'Mungaru Male', 'Duniya' in Kannada cinema

Mungaru Male, with Golden Star Ganesh in the lead, is reportedly the only film to have completed a year in a multiplex theatre in the world. The film, directed by Yograj Bhat, completed a year here Dec 28.

'Lava Kusha': tedious fare despite two big stars (Film Review)

Film: Lava Kusha review; Kannada film Lava kusha review Cast: Shiva Raj Kumar, Upendra, Charmee, Jennifer, Shahoorao Shindhe; Director: Sai Prakash; Music: Guru Kiran; Producer: K. Prabhakar.

'Milana' continues to top Kannada film charts

Milana, which has crossed the 100-day mark, is the topper among Kannada films of the fortnight.

'Cheluvina' album sets a Kannada record

Cheluvina Chiththaara is virtually setting a record in the Kannada music market as the film is out of the theatres after a 25-week run, but the album still rules the charts.

Raj Kumar's three sons set to work together

Legendary Kannada actor Raj Kumar's three sons will soon be seen together in a film.

'Milana' tops Kannada film charts

Orata I Love You: The film made with fresh faces and a new director is doing very well at the box office. The songs and the authentic narrative are proving to be the film's main attractions.

'Cheluvina' still the hottest Kannada album

The album of Cheluvina Chithhaara continues to rock, though the film has stopped running in major centres. Here are the hottest Kannada albums:

Arjun's new Kannada film an all family affair

Action hero Arjun Sarja, better known to Tamil and Telugu audiences as Arjun, has launched the production of a Kannada film titled Vayuputra

Taking on India's new 'IT/BT' culture through films

Kannada director P.R. Ramadas Naidu calls it the IT/BT culture - the new values and approaches that have invaded life along with money and globalisation, especially in the southern parts of India.

'Milana' reigns over Kannada box office

Good performances by Puneet Raj Kumar and Parvathy have put Milana at the head of the fortnight's list of top Kannada films.

'Cheluvina Chiththaara' rules Kannada music charts

The album of Cheluvina Chiththaara continues to be the top seller in the Kannada music bazaar, though the film has faded away from major centres.

Kannada producers protest 'discrimination' at IFFI

Producers of Kannada films being showcased at the 38th International Film festival of India (IFFI) in Goa say they are not being given the same respect as directors.K.M. Veeresh, producer of Kaada Beladingalu

Karnataka political turmoil inspires filmmaker

A new Kannada film titled Mukhyamanthri, I Love you has been inspired by the recent political turmoil in the state, with major characters resembling members of former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda's family.

Documentary on legendary Saroja Devi

The Karnataka government is producing a documentary on veteran multilingual actress B. Saroja Devi, who ruled the roost for more than three decades but is now leading a quiet life here.

'Milana' overtakes 'Krishna' at Kannada box office

Milana, a slow starter, has completed 50 days and tops the fortnight's list of popular Kannada films. Aa Dinagalu - Director Chaitanya's underworld drama is a big success story

Kannada film will underline Sivaji-Raj Kumar ties

Sivaji Productions, controlled by the family of late Tamil thespian Sivaji Ganesan, is all set to enter the Kannada film industry shortly with Puneet, son of the legendary Raj Kumar, in the lead.

Mano Murthy rules Kannada music chart

Chanda - The film is yet to be released, but the audio is doing brisk business.

Kannada film with deaf-dumb hero in Guinness Book

Kannada film Snehanjali has claimed a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only movie with a deaf-and-dumb actor in the main lead.

'Krishna' leads at Kannada box office

Ganesh starrer Krishna is into its fourth week and is still leading the pack of popular Kannada films this fortnight.

Mano Murthy is miles ahead in Kannada music race

Melody is ruling the Kannada audio market and composer Mano Murthy is dominating it. He is miles ahead of his rivals.

HBO offers Hollywood buffet for Diwali

HBO, the 24-hour English movie channel, has prepared a package of Hollywood blockbusters for broadcast during the Diwali festival season in the sub-continent.

'Cheluvina Chiththara' music still enthrals listeners

Milana - The album's popularity is increasing with each passing day. In the past two weeks, the daily sales of the album have increased three fold, says its distributor Anand Audio.

'Krishna' leads Kannada film race

Krishna is yet another Ganesh-starrer that has taken the top place on the list of this fortnight's most popular Kannada films.

Kannada heroine Pooja in row with director

Kannada actress Pooja Gandhi, whose popularity shot up after the success of Mungaru Male, is caught in a controversy with prominent producer-director Vishnukanth.

Mano Murthy continues to cast spell on Kannada listeners

Mano Murthy is the undisputed king of Kannada music with four of his albums, including Cheluvina Chiththara, on the top of the Kannada charts.

'Cheluvina...' stays unchallenged at Kannada box office

Cheluvina Chiththara, approaching the silver-jubilee mark, is the undoubted champion of the Kannada film race this fortnight. puneet rajkumar Milana in 2nd place

Will Ganesh deliver a fourth consecutive Kannada hit? (Preview)

Krishna movie by Actor Ganesh in Kannada, e is the brightest star of the firmament of Kannada filmdom today. And now the fans of Ganesh are waiting impatiently for his next film, titled Krishna, to be released on Oct 5.

Omkar to make a film on 102-year-old guru

Kannada director Omkar is making a film on the life and times of 102-year-old Sri Sri Shivakumara Swami of the Siddaganga Mutt in Tumkur.

Mano Murthy's songs rule Kannada music

Music director Mano Murthy rules the Kannada music market, with his albums occupying the top four slots in this list.


Ambareesh returns to silver screen

Kannada film star M.H. Ambareesh, who is also minister of state for information and broadcasting, is all set to make a comeback on the silver screen with "Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melidhe".
Narayana Murthy, wife compliment Sudeep's film
Kannada actor-director Sudeep is on cloud nine after Infosys chief mentor N.R. Narayana Murthy and his wife Sudha complimented him for his film "73, Shanthi Nivasa". They said the movie propagates the values of good fam

A Ganesh fortnight in Kannada cinema
Bangalore, It has been a glittering fortnight for Kannada star Ganesh, two of whose films are ruling the box office.

The top five Kannada films are:

2. "Cheluvina Chiththaara" - This is another Ganesh starrer whose collections have surpassed all expectations. Directed by S. Narayan, this movie is a remake of the Tamil
hit "Kaadal".

4. "Santha" - Though the Shivraj Kumar-starrer is not a big hit in the interiors, the collections in urban centres have been fantastic. It has proved to be a profitable movie for
producers and the distributors.

5. "Sathyavaan Saavithri" - This trendy and glamorous comedy has become a favourite with the young and family audience in urban centres like Bangalore and Mysore.
'Mungaru Male' brings bonanza for director and hero
The phenomenal success of "Mungaru Male" has spelt a record fee hike for its hero and director in the forthcoming Kannada film "Gali Pata". Yogaraj Bhat, director of "Mungaru Male", will be wielding the megaphone in "Gali Pata" for an unprecedented remuneration of Rs.11.5 million.

Apex court directive may help non-Kannada films
Bangalore, A Supreme Court judgement calling for uniform entertainment tax for feature films in Andhra Pradesh may have far reaching box-office consequences for Kannada and non-Kannada films.
'Mungaru Male' album a huge hit among listeners
By R.G. Vijayasarathy

Bangalore, The catchy music of the album of "Mungaru Male" film has caught the fancy of the listeners in the state and has become a huge hit.

1. "Mungaru Male": "Anisuthide Yaako Eno" tops the charts on every radio and television channel. This is the biggest hit so far for music director Mano Murthy.

2. "Duniya": The album is still being lapped up by the masses even though the film has completed 100 days of screening at theatres. V. Manohar has made a big comeback as a music director. "Kariya I Love You" and "Saala Maadiyaadroo Thuppa Thinnu" have become runaway hits.

3. "Hudugaata": The album has become a bigger hit than the film. Jessie Gift, the well-known music director of Malayalam cinema, has created an impact. "Stylo Stylo", "Lajjawatiye" and "Eko Onthara" are very catchy.

4. "Cheluvina Chiththaara": The Ganesh-Mano combination has made this a hot album.

5. "Santha": The album is gaining ground mainly because the film has also done well at the box office. Music director Guru Kiran's "Shiva Shiva" is a particularly popular number.
Unstoppable march for 'Mungaru Male'
By R.G. Vijayasarathy

Bangalore, "Mungaru Male", which has completed its silver jubilee at the theatres, is still the number one Kannada film this fortnight.

1. "Mungaru Male": The film is still running in over 120 theatres. It has created a record by grossing over Rs.350 million.

2. "Duniya": Despite stiff competition from "Mungaru Male", the film, directed by Soori, has been able to do good business at the box office. The film has completed 100 days in 20 centres.

3. "Santha": The film was able to recover its production cost in just three weeks but it may not have a long run in many centres.

4. "Hudugaata": Into its third week, the film faces competition from "Cheluvina Chiththaara", as both feature the same hero Ganesh. The collections of "Hudugaata" will certainly dip, but the film's huge opening has proved to be a big profit for the producer and a safe investment decision for the distributors.

5. "Cheluvina Chiththaara": The film, released last week, is a remake of Tamil superhit "Kaadal". It has got a good opening mainly because it features the popular actor Ganesh.

'Mungaru Male' is the hottest Kannada album
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore,  The album of "Mungaru Male" is selling like hot cakes and it is expected to create a record very soon. This is one album in which all the songs are hit numbers.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "Mungaru Male" - To say that the audio sales have broken records may be an understatement. The sales of audio cassettes and CDs have been so brisk that even NRI Kannadigas are queuing up for it. The sales records of this Mano Murthy creation may be difficult to beat. Even now "Anisuthide yaako eno" is topping countdown shows on radio and television channels.

2. "Duniya" - The film's box office success is now translating into a big audio market. "Kariya I Love You" and "Saala maadiyaadroo" are the top songs in this album. V. Manohar is the music director of this film.

3. "Hudugaata" - The audio of the film was released three weeks ago and is still creating waves. "Stylo Stylo", "Lajjawatiye" and "Eko onthara" are well picturised and shown frequently on television channels. The music is by Malayalam music director Jassi Gift.

4. "Santha" - The producers are organising a platinum disc function to celebrate the film's audio success in Hubli. The film has been well received and Guru Kiran's music is a major attraction. "Shiva Shiva" is extremely popular.

5. "73, Shanti Nivasa" - The film is directed by actor Sudeep who also features in the lead role. Since his earlier film "My Autograph" was a musical hit, there is some interest in buying the film's audio cassettes and CDs. Bharadwaj is the music director. "Thirugo Bhoomi" is the top song in this album. Sudeep has a good following among the younger audience and they have liked the music too.

Dentist's dilemma in 'Sathyavan Savithri'

Multilingual actor Ramesh Arvind's second directorial venture "Sathyavan Savithri" will be released in June.Ramesh made his directorial debut with the huge hit "Rama Shama Bhama", which enabled him to join the select band of successful actors-turned-directors like 'Crazy Star'
Ravichandran and Sudeep.


'Kaada Beladingalu' - a film with a novel theme
Bangalore, Moviegoers in Karnataka eagerly await the release of director B.S. Lingadevaru's Kannada film "Kaada Beladingalu". This is perhaps the first film that focuses on the impact of globalisation on rural India and its people. It seeks to reveal rural reality through the eyes of a young woman journalist, Sudheshne, who is assigned to investigate a murder in her native village.
A special show of the film was held recently and many literary personalities and film artistes such as Jnanpith award-winner U.R. Anantha Murthy, renowned director Girish Kasaravalli, actress and tele-serial director Vaishali Kasaravalli, directors P. Sheshadri and Ramadasa Naidu and well-known critic Manu Chakravarthy attended. Commenting upon the film, Murthy said it brings out the danger of excessive globalisation, which is downgrading agriculture and promoting consumerism. He also said that the film highlights the rising threat of naxalism in Malnad, Karnataka.Kasaravalli said that though the film started on an investigative note, it moved on to chronicle the tragedy of the elderly population living in deserted villages."Kaada Beladingalu" highlights the devastating impact of rapid globalisation and economic reforms on a vibrant rural life. In the film, old people refuse to cut off connections with the place they have lived in for decades. It is produced by Bengalooru Company, which has social activists, journalists, writers, artistes and film directors on its board, and is directed by B.S. Lingadevaru, who earlier made "Mouni".

Fans following Raj Kumar's footsteps, pledging eyes
Legendary Kannada actor Raj Kumar has made a major posthumous contribution to the cause of voluntary eye donations in Karnataka. The first death anniversary of Raj Kumar April 12 was observed on a massive scale across the state, followed by a similar statewide celebration of his 79th birth anniversary on April 24. Eye donations were an important part of the charitable activities performed by the thespian's fans and well-wishers. "Before the death of the star, we used to have about 50 people signing the eye donation pledge per year in the Nethralaya (eye hospital). But in the last one year, the number has increased by over 400 percent. Over 240 people have agreed to donate their eyes during this period," said Bhujanga Shetty, chief executive officer of the Narayana Nethralaya and the Rajkumar Eye Bank here.

'Mungaru Mule' leads Kannada audio race
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Like the film, the album of "Mungaru Mule" is topping the Kannada audio chart this fortnight.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "Mungaru Male" - "Anisuthidhe yaako Eno", "Onde Ondu Saari", "Araluitidhe" and "Mungaru Maleye" are top hits. Over 300,000 audiocassettes and CDs have been sold already. The album has made a star of music director Mano Murthy.

2. "Duniya" - The album is slowly gaining popularity. "Kariya I love you" and "Duniya" are now on top of the charts. With the film, music director V. Manohar has made an impressive comeback. This is the first big hit for the Akshaya Audio.

3. "Jothe Jotheyali" - Though the film was removed from the main theatres after it completed 25 weeks, the songs, composed by Harikrishna, still stay on the list. "Gunavantha" and "Barthaare" are the most popular tracks.

4. "Arasu" - The album owes its appeal to the charisma of the film's hero Puneet Raj Kumar. Joshua Sridhar's music is just above average and the audio is on the list solely because others albums failed.

5. "Soundarya" - Hamsalekha has scored music for this Ramesh Sakshi Shivanand film. The album is doing well because the songs are being regularly shown on TV channels.

Away from campaigning, Jayaprada works in 'Ee Bhandhana'
Bangalore, Kannada cinema is providing actress-politician Jayaprada a much-needed break from her hectic election campaign in Uttar Pradesh.

Kannada star to marry a police officer's daughter
Bangalore, Kannada star Vijaya Raghavendra is getting ready to tie the knot with Spandana, the daughter of a senior police officer B.K. Shivaram, April 20. "I took an instant liking for Spandana and told my father about it," said Vijaya who met Spandana at a party where he is reported to have fallen in love with her. Vijaya's father S.A. Chinne Gowda, a veteran producer, is a close friend of Shivaram. While playing the role of an encounter specialist in "Raajeeva", Vijaya received tips from Shivaram.After the success of "Sevanthi Sevanthi" in 2006, Vijaya has become one of the busiest Kannada actors.

Thousands pay homage to thespian Rajkumar
Bangalore, Thousands of people thronged the Kanteerva studio here Thursday to pay homage to thespian Rajkumar on his first death anniversary.Amid tight security and the presence of hundreds of policemen, people from all walks of life made a beeline to the studio where the shrine (tomb) of their "annavaru" (big brother) is located under a canopy.The film fraternity, including popular cine stars Vishnuvardhan, B. Saroja Devi and Jayanti, paid floral tributes to the celluloid hero who straddled the Kannada film industry for over six decades.Rajkumar's family, led by his widow Parvathamma, sons, daughters, grandchildren and relatives, were the first to reach the shrine to conduct the anniversary rituals amid chanting of Vedic hymns and invocations by priests.
State Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, a couple of his cabinet colleagues and scores of political leaders also came to pay their respects. "The love and respect appaji (Rajkumar) commands among millions of his fans even a year after his sad demise is heartening. We are touched by their devotion and emotional attachment to him," Rajkumar's eldest son and cine star Shiva Rajkumar told reporters. About 6,000 people were served food at the venue as part of the function held across the city in Rajkumar's memory. The Indian Disabled League Foundation comprising blind singers released a CD of songs in which Rajkumar figures prominently.
A memorial function was also held at the Karnataka Film Chambers of Commerce where producers, directors, distributors and scores of cine artistes recalled their fond association with Rajkumar. Meanwhile, Kumaraswamy has directed the state culture department officials to build a dream memorial at the burial spot as a tribute to Rajkumar.The Rs.100 million memorial will have a garden, a theatre and a film library. The state government has allocated Rs.30 million for the project in the budget for this fiscal."We will build a memorial to give Rajkumar a fitting tribute," Kumaraswamy said, playing down a row over the delay in building the memorial. "My government will spare no effort in honouring one of Karnataka's great icons," he added.Parvathama, however, said the family was unhappy with the government's handling of the memorial issue. "The statue is not yet ready. It is over a year since the government had promised to install one," she lamented.
City Police Commissioner Achyut Rao said the presence of the Rapid Action Force (RAF) and the deployment of a large number of policemen had ensured a peaceful anniversary. Large-scale violence had rocked the city during the funeral of the actor, leaving eight dead and scores injured, besides damage to buses and public property.
'Mungaru Male' tops Kannada audio charts
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Like the film, the album of "Mungaru Male" is also setting new records and leads Kannada audio charts:

1) "Mungaru Male": The songs of the film have become a rage among the youth. "Anisuthidhe" rendered by Sonu Nigam and "Onde ondu saari" by Kunal Ganjawala are
already topping the charts.

2) "Duniya": The music of this film by V. Manohar has been savoured for its melody and for being trendy. As the film is becoming a big blockbuster, the audio too is proving
a big hit. "Kariya, I love you" and the melodious title song are quite popular.

3) "Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melidhe": The film's audio and the CD were released on the Ugadi day. The tunes come from R.P. Patnayak, who scored music for Prem's "Excuse
Me". The title song and the folk song "Sulle sullu" have become popular.

4) "Thimma": The audio is selling for one song, "Uyaale uyaale". The other folksy tunes may also gain acceptance.

5) "Preethigaagi": Though the film is not gaining popularity, the audio sales are improving. The film is a remake of Tamil hit "Kaadalukku Mariyaadhai" and the tunes have
been mostly lifted from the original film.

'Mungaru Male' breaks records, stays on top
Bangalore, "Mungaru Male" has already proved to be the biggest hit of the past three years in Kannada cinema, with more box-office collections to its credit
than blockbusters like "Aaptha Mithra" and "Jogi".

Here are the top five films:

1) "Mungaru Male": The film has been attracting such huge crowds during examination time and the World Cup cricket that its march appears unstoppable.

2) "Duniya": The film started off well only in the main centres, but is now doing brisk business in all parts of Karnataka. Tamil super-star Rajnikanth is said to have liked the
film, and his testimony is being used to promote the film.

3) "Arasu": This Puneet Raj Kumar film may not be a big hit like his "Appu" and "Akaash", but nevertheless has been able to get fairly good collections. The film may
complete 100 days in some centres.

4) "Ekadhantha": The film was released when India was to start its World Cup campaign and when the examination fever was running high. It did not get the expected
opening. But now that India is well and truly out of the tournament and examinations are over for primary and secondary school students, the critically well-received film is
getting good collections.

5) "Preethigaagi": The film started off on a dull note, but is gaining ground because of the popularity of its songs.

Two Kannada choreographers turn film directors
Bangalore, In keeping with the trend in Telugu cinema, a couple of known Kannada choreographers are turning to film direction. Popular dance director Harsha is directing "Geleya" with Prajwal Devaraj, son of veteran actor Devaraj, in the lead role. Harsha has choreographed many dance sequences for top stars Puneet Raj Kumar, Upendra, Sudeep and Darshan. He has also composed songs for the blockbuster "Mungaru Male". Choreographer 'Five-Star' Ganesh is also turning to film direction. He has discussed several scripts with leading heroes like Upendra and Darshan. Ganesh says he hopes to be "backed by a good producer".

Anirudhdh hurt during fight scene
Young Kannada actor Anirudhdh fractured his right hand while doing a fight sequence for "Nagu Nagutha Nali". The doctors have recommended six weeks of rest. Anirudhdh, who was shooting for the film in Kelagur estate in Karnataka's Chikmagalur district, said the accident occurred due to the lack of coordination while canning the shot.

Rakshtiha turns producer
Kannada actress Rakshitha plans to produce a film titled "Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melidhe" in which her fiancee's brother Arun will play the main lead.

Arun is the younger brother of director Prem, whom Rakshitha will marry March 9.

She has openly announced that "Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melidhe", to be directed by Prem, will be her last film and that she will be associated with cinema only as a producer.
More on Upendra in negative roles

Upendra has already completed director Priyadharhsini Ramareddy's Telugu film, "Toss, Bomma Burasa", in which his role has negative shades.

Now the charismatic star is all set to sign a new Kannada film with Tamil star Vishal as the hero. In this film, too, he will play a negative role.

Upendra says he hasn't yet decided on the role but added: "I have heard the story, and it is powerful."
Jassie Gift to debut in Kannada cinema
Bangalore, After acquiring instant stardom with his path breaking music for the hugely successful Malayalam film "4 the People", Jassie Gift is set to carve a niche for himself in Kannada films with "Hudugaata". To be directed by Sanjay, the film will star Ganesh, whose "Mungaru Male" is breaking all the records of Kannada cinema. And Rekha is playing the female lead in "Hudugaata", which went on floors on Valentine's Day. Jassie is also a popular singer with a different voice, but it is not known whether he will be sing for his first Kannada film. He is director Jayaraj's discovery. Jayaraj spotted him while he was singing in a hotel and gave him a chance to score background music for his Hindi film "Bheebats". Jassie, however, shot to fame as a singer and music director with the song "Lajjavathiye" in "4 the People". He also scored music for Tamil version of "4 the People" and "Sambu". He gave his voice for the song "Andamkaakka kondaikkari" in Vikram-starrer "Anniyan". Apart from that he has sung several popular Telugu numbers also.
'Mungaru Male' may break Kannada cinema records
Bangalore, "Mungaru Male" is proving to be one of Kannada cinema's mega hits.

The top five Kannada films are:

3. "Arasu" - The star-studded film had a good opening and is doing well in major centres. But it is not running as well as expected in interior areas.

4. "Bhoopathy" - The Darshan-starrer, premiered last week, has opened well as it was released on a holiday. Darshan's films normally enjoy a better draw initially, but this one may not retain its appeal for long.

5. "Sixer" - The film is into its sixth week in major centres. This medium-budget production of Ramoji Rao of Usha Kiron Movies was the launch pad of Prajwal Devaraj, son of Kannada actor Devaraj. The film is attracting college students.
Kannada actress Rakshita to tie the knot in March
Bangalore, Popular Kannada actress Rakshita is set to tie the knot with director Prem here March 9. Talking to the media here, along with her would-be husband, Rakshita said they got engaged March 16 last year, without much publicity. The wedding will take place at the Mahalakshmi Kalyana Mantap in the city's Rajarajeshwari Nagar. She acted in several Kannada, Telugu and Tamil films with top stars like Chiranjeevi, Nagarjuna, Vijay, Mahesh Babu, Puneet Raj Kumar, Darshan, Sudeep and Ravi Teja.
Upendra accepts negative roles in non-Kannada films
Bangalore, Kannada cinema's evergreen hero Upendra is all ready to do negative roles in Telugu and Tamil films. "Doing negative roles is a great challenge for an actor. It does not harm his career and provides opportunities to showcase his talent. But he has to be careful in accepting such roles because it all depends on how the actor is projected," Upendra told . For the Telugu movie, he teams up with director Rami Reddy, who had earlier won the Nandi Award for a film in which Upendra played a special role. Uday Kiran is the film's hero. And Rajashekhar will direct Upendra's Tamil film titled "Sathya". While Vishaal, the film's hero, will play a tough cop, Upendra has interesting role with negative shades, said sources close to the Kannada star.

Kannada film stars hail Shilpa's win
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, The Karnataka film industry has hailed the "Big Brother" win by Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, whose father hails from the state. Shilpa, whose father is from the Dakshina Kannada district, has taken part in many Bunt - the Hindu community to which she belongs - conferences in Bangalore and  Mangalore. "I am really happy for Shilpa. While working with her, I found her to be a positive-thinking individual. The final voting has not come as a surprise to me. In the few clippings I watched on the channel, I thought she really represented the spirit of a young Indian trying to achieve something big," actor Upendra told IANS. Another actor, Ravichandran, said: "Shilpa did not lose her self-confidence even when she was being attacked unfairly by her competitors. I think she showed tremendous  guts and patience throughout the show. That must have made her the darling of the viewers." Shilpa acted with Ravichandran in two Kannada films - "Preethsod Thappa" and "Ondagona Baa" - and Upendra in "Auto Shankar". She has also expressed a desire to act  in more Kannada films. D. Rajendra Babu, who directed Shilpa in "Auto Shankar" and "Rockline", has congratulated her for her win in the reality TV show, which was in the news for alleged racist slurs against her. Producers Venkatesh and Ramu, who worked with her in two of their films, are also "pleased" with Shilpa's achievement.
Kannada film takes up car row
Bangalore, The row over takeover of farm land in West Bengal for a car project will soon find an echo in award winning Kannada director Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar's next film "Mathaad Mathaad Mallige".
'Jothe Jotheyalli' faces no challenge from new releases
"Jothe Jotheyalli" has completed 100 days in 12 centres and is the top Kannada film of the fortnight.

The top five Kannada films are:

2. "Mungaru Male" - This film has become a surprise hit, with the youth making a beeline for it. The film features Ganesh, a popular television anchor, in a pivotal role.

3. "Neelakanta" - The film is running into its fourth week, but the response has been mixed. While the film has been declared a big hit in north Karnataka, its performance
has not been impressive in Bangalore and Mysore. The songs and actress Namitha are its major attractions.

5. "Sixer" - The film, released in the first week of 2007, has opened well much to the surprise of trade circles. Produced by Ramoji Rao, it launched a new star, Prajwal
Devaraj, son of actor Devaraj.
Youth response keeps 'Jothe...' album on top
"Jothe Jotheyalli" is Harikrishna's first outing as music director and his compositions are making waves and topping music charts.

The top five Kannada albums are:

2 "Mungaru Male" - The audio was doing well, even before the film's release and NRI composer Mano Murthy has become the toast of youngsters. "Anisuthidhe", "Onde
Ondu Saari" and "Araluthiru" have become quite popular.

4. "Neelakanta" - 'Crazy Star' Ravichandran has composed music for this film, which is doing a good business much to the relief of its producer and the distributors. The
audio was received well. "Malla Malla" and "Ammammammo' have become big hits.

5. "Ekadhantha" - The audio is slowly climbing up the charts, thanks to its racy numbers. Guru Kiran's music and beautiful lyrics have contributed to its success.
Sudeep, Ramya are top Kannada stars of 2006
Bangalore, While Sudeep was the top Kannada film actor of 2006, Ramya topped the heroines' list. Both Sudeep and Ramya churned out two box-office hits during the year. While Ramya sizzled in "Tothwe Jotheyalli" and "Sevanthi Sevanthi", Sudeep proved his mettle in "My Autograph" and "Hubballi". Ramya is now working in Gowtham Menon's Tamil film, in which she is paired with Surya.

'Jothe...' beats 'Hubballi' at Kannada box office
Bangalore, "Jothe Jotheyalli", marching on towards its 100th day, is leading the pack of Kannada films this fortnight.

The top five Kannada films:

1. "Jothe Jotheyali" - The film is attracting youngsters and family audiences. "Jothe Jotheyali" is expected to make huge profits for actor-producer Darshan who has
launched his brother Dinakar as a director with the movie.

2. "Hubballi" - The film starring Sudeep had a good start. In the first two weeks, box office collections created some records for the film. The collections started dropping
later, but it will not affect the film's business in the rural centres.

4. "Tenali Rama" - Featuring Ramesh Arvind and Jaggesh, the film is an out-and-out comedy and has opened to a wonderful response.
Dream success for debut Kannada album
Bangalore, It has been a great debut for music director V. Harikrishna with his album "Jothe Jotheyalli" occupying the top slot in this list.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "Jothe Jotheyalli" - The film's songs are a hit with the youth. "Oh, Gunavantha", "Barthaare barthaare" and the title song have proved particularly popular.

3. "Mungaaru Male" - The film has not been released yet, but the audio has become the toast of the town. Music director Mano Murthy, who lives in the US and comes to
Bangalore only to record the songs, has been consistent in delivering hits. "Onde ondu daari" is a catchy number.
My role in 'Tananam Tananam' was challenging, says Ramya
Bangalore, Well-known Kannada actress Ramya describes her role in the musical "Tananam Tananam" as a "little complex". "I had a somewhat easy time shooting the first half of the film. It shows me as a bubbly, naughty girl who teases the hero. But what I did in the second half was more challenging. "I had to hide my real identity from the blind hero and also had to accept his attraction to another girl. That was the most difficult part of my role. But, I think, I have done justice to the role" Ramya told IANS. The actress received rave reviews for her performance in the film, which was premiered at the 37th International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa. She wants to balance her acting career by working in different types of films. "I am currently working in a film called 'Arasu' with top hero Puneet Raj Kumar. I got my first break in 'Appu', which had Puneet in the lead. It was a commercial film with good story.

'Hubballi' is Kannada hit of the year
Bangalore, "Hubballi" is turning out to be the biggest Kannada box-office hit of the year, going by the collections in the first two weeks.

"Hubballi": Though critics are panning the action film, it is making a fast buck in theatres. With Sudeep, who had a big hit in "My Autograph" in the beginning of the year, in the lead, "Hubballi" is expected to gross over Rs.10 million in Bangalore in just three weeks.
"Kannadadha Kanda": The film, which opened on the last Friday of November, attracted huge crowds on the opening day. Its performance, however, has to be watched.
Sudeep to star in 'Maathadu Maathadu Mallige'

Kannada actor Sudeep is set to play an important role in award winning director Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar's "Maathadu Maathadu Mallige".

'Tananam Tananam' to premiere in Goa fest
Bangalore, Kannada director Kavitha Lankesh's film "Tananam Tananam" is set to premiere Friday at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Goa.  Girish Kasaravalli's "Naayi Neralu" - selected in the Indian Panorama - will also be shown at the IFFI. The festival officials are also planning to invite the film's producer N.M. Suresh, Lankesh and L. Subramaniam, the word-renowned violin maestro who has lent classical instrumental music to the film. The film, screened in 18 international film festivals so far, stars Ramya, Rakshitha, Girish Karnad and Bharathi Vishnuvardhan.

Ambareesh remembers Raj Kumar

At his first public function after becoming union minister of state for information and broadcasting, popular Kannada film actor M.H. Ambareesh remembered legendary actor Raj Kumar, saying he would have loved to have the matinee idol as well as his parents on the dais."My parents had always considered me a good-for-nothing, though my mother saw the progress I made in films. But Dr. Raj Kumar always asked me when I would become a minister. His question is answered today, but he is not with us," said Ambareesh in a choked voice. The function was organised by the Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee and attended by a large number of film dignitaries.


Devaraj chosen to play Ravana on screen
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Nov 12 Veteran versatile actor Devaraj will play his dream role of demon king Ravana in the forthcoming Kannada film, "Prachanda Ravana", after an audience poll chose him for the part.

A group of IT software engineers, headed by Ramesh, is producing the film based on a well-known play. "Prachanda Ravana" is one of the most popular theatre productions that have had over 10,000 shows throughout Karnataka.

Popular screen villain Vajramuni played the lead role in the play written and directed by late Kanagal Prabhakara Shastry.

The choice of Devaraj was made in an unusual manner. The producers wanted the people to make a right choice and called for suggestions to be sent by SMS. The majority of the messages received in response named Devaraj.

Devaraj says it is "a great honour" for him to play the role of Ravana.


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Vishnu to star in new Desai film

Director Kumar Desai has staged a casting coup by including veteran star Vishnuvardhan in his new film "Kshana Kshanam".

Vishnu plays the role of a police officer in the film, which features Audithya in the lead role and also has Kiran Rathod and Sridevika.

Desai, known for his taut thrillers, has already made three films with Vishnu. Of these, "Nishkarsha" is considered the director's masterpiece.
'Naayi Neralu' selected for international film fests
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Noted Kannada director Girish Kasaravalli's "Naayi Neralu", which won the Karnataka award for best film, has been selected for six international film festivals.

Now that "Naayi Neralu", which was screened at the Third Eye festival in Mumbai, has been selected for the Indian Panorama, it will be showcased at the International Film Festival of India beginning in Goa on Nov 23.

Kasaravalli had earlier said that the film's producer has to bear the costs of entry and participation at European festivals, but the Indian government bears the cost if it is selected for the Indian Panorama.

"Naayi Neralu" has also gained entry in the Rotterdam Festival of Holland, which had a retrospective of Kasaravalli films a few years ago.

Apart from that, the film has also been selected for the Karachi International Film Festival, the US Palm Spring Festival and Bangkok Film Festival.

Earlier, the Directorate of Film Festivals had sent Kasaravalli's National Award winning film "Haseena" to Berlin's Asia-Pacific Film Festival.
Ambareesh - a rebel star rises in Delhi durbar

By Fakir Balaji,

Bangalore, Oct 25 The induction of M.H. Ambareesh as union minister of state for information and broadcasting has turned out to be a belated reward for the Congress MP from Karnataka who once straddled the Kannada film industry as a rebel star.

The 55-year-old three-time Lok Sabha member from Mandya in the old Mysore region has been waiting in the wings to fill the void of his dominant Vokkaliga community's representation from the state in the Manmohan Singh ministry.

The news of Ambareesh becoming union minister was greeted by jubilant crowds in Mandya, about 100 km from here, and heralded nightlong celebrations, including bursting of crackers and visit to the temples.

"This is a double whammy, coming as it does as a Diwali and Eid gift to the people of Mandya, especially the thousands of Ambareesh fans across the state," farmer Thippe Gowda said over the phone.

Though three of his party MPs from the state - M.V. Rajashekaran, K.H. Muniyappa and Oscar Fernandes - have been part of the union government for the last two years, the elevation of Ambareesh to the ministerial post has come as a short-in-the-arm for the Congress in the state.

Grandson of Carnatic musician T. Chowdaiah, Ambareesh strayed into the hotbed of Karnataka politics in the mid-1990s by joining the erstwhile Janata Dal (JD) after a long career in the Kannada celluloid world during which he acted in about 200 films, portraying diverse roles such as angry young man, villain and comedian.

In spite of his star power, Ambareesh's political innings began on a sour note when he was defeated in the Ramanagaram assembly by-election in early 1997 by C.M. Lingappa of the Congress.

In the 1998 mid-term poll, Ambareesh contested as a JD candidate from the Mandya parliamentary constituency and won for the first time to enter the Lok Sabha.

Switching over to the Congress the following year, he again got elected to the 13th Lok Sabha in the 1999 snap poll and scored a hat-trick by winning in the 2004 general elections from the same parliamentary constituency.

Observers say Ambareesh has been made central minister with an eye on the upcoming Chamundeshwari assembly by-election in Mysore district, where former state deputy chief minister Siddaramaiah will be re-contesting after quitting the JD-S and joining the Congress recently.

"With H.D. Kumaraswamy, who is also a Vokkaliga, facing the first by-election after becoming the chief minister in February, the Chamundeshwari contest is being seen as a referendum of sorts for the nine-month JD-S-BJP coalition government that has been embroiled in a mire of controversies from corruption charges to lack of performance," said a senior Congress leader.

Though Siddaramaiah belongs to the backward classes (Kuruba community), the large presence of Vokkaliga electorate and the farmers' lobby in the assembly segment could be a decisive factor in the battle royale, the leader added.

Popularly known as "Mandya the Gandu" (man of Mandya), Ambareesh was part of the troika, with matinee idol Rajkumar and superstar Vishnuvardhan, that dominated the Kannada film world over three decades from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Long-time friend and fan K. Venkatesh recalled Ambareesh's humble beginnings in a family whose main occupation was agriculture.

"Ambareesh began with small roles and went to don even negative characters in films like 'Nagara Havu'. He was introduced to filmdom by late director Puttanna Kanagal and continued to act in many of the latter's movies like 'Ranganayaki'.

"Many of his roles were tailored to give him an image of an angry young man who was the victim of the corrupt system. His roles portrayed rebellion against the system. Of late, he has been playing character roles in Kannada films," Venkatesh told IANS.

While some of Ambareesh films like "Antha", "Tony", "Rani Maharani" and "Mannina Doni" were silver jubilee hits, running to full houses for months in the pre-television era, his major box office hit was "Yelu Suttinna Kote".

Ambareesh married actress Sumalatha in 1992 and has a son Abhishek.


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'Sirivantha' secures top spot among Kannada films
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Oct 22 'Sirivantha', which released on the eve of Dussehra, climbed to the top of this list on the eve of Diwali.

The top five Kannada films are:

1. "Sirivantha": The film did not have a great opening, but has steadily improved its collections and is now on top of this list. The Vishnuvardhan-starrer is proving to be a big hit with the female audience.

2. "Aishwarya": The film is still on top in the city centres, while it is not doing so well in the B and C centres. The collections have exceeded Rs.10 million in the Bangalore distribution area. Deepika's glamour and Upendra's performance are the film's main attractions.

3. "Jothe Jotheyalli": The film has become a surprise hit in Bangalore and Mysore. The collections continue to be good even in the fourth week of the film that features Prem and Ramya.

4. "Sevanthi Sevanthi": The film has completed a silver-jubilee run, and has now shifted to the B and C centres where it is attracting crowds. It is a winner all the way. Yet another hit for Ramya, the film has given a new lease of life to Vijaya Raghavendra.

5. "Ravi Shastry": This film is a remake of K. Bhagyaraj's "Idhu Namma Aalu", released over a decade ago. Despite boasting of a big star cast, including Ravichandran and Sneha, the film has not done well enough.

'Aishwarya' leads Kannada audio race
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Oct 22  The "Aishwarya" album continues to lead the Kannada audio race with brisk sales in major markets like Bangalore and Mysore.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "Aishwarya": This is a big hit for music director Rajesh Ramanath. "Ella Ok, Maduve Yaake" and the title song are chartbusters.

2. "Sevanthi Sevanthi": The music of this silver-jubilee film, composed by

S.A. Raj Kumar, are extremely popular, especially "Jaaji Mallige Hoovu". The songs have a folk flavour to them.

3. "Thananam Thananam": Lyricist K. Kalyan, who scored wonderful music for

"Chandramukhi Pranasakhi", is back with a bang in this film. "Kande Kande Gopalana", "Cheluvantha" and "Thananam" are popular.

4. "Jothe Jotheyalli": The album, composed by new music director V.

Harikrishna, has been received well mainly because of its variety. The catchy songs include "Oh, Gunavantha" and "Barthaare Barthaare".

5."Sirivantha": The lyrics by director S. Narayan and the music by S.A. Raj
Kumar are quite appealing. "Megha Megha" rendered by Shankar Mahadevan is popular, though the song has not been included in the film. "Yaaro Yaaro Aa Nalvaru" and "Badiyithu Sidilu" sung by S.P. Balasubramanyam have touched a chord among listeners.
Shivaraj, Rakshita to star in Narayan's next film (PREVIEW)
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Producer-director S. Narayan is busy shooting for his next film titled "Thayiya Madilu".

The film features Shivaraj Kumar and Rakshitha in the lead roles while multilingual actress Jayasudha plays the mother's role.

Narayan says the title (meaning "in the mother's lap") may make it sound like a tearjerker.

"But the film has place for entertaining commercial elements," he adds.

Even Ramya cannot redeem insipid 'Jothe Jotheyalli' (REVIEW)
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Film: "Jothe Jotheyalli"; Cast: Prem, Ramya, Dwarakish, Thulasi Shivamani, Sharan, Bullet Pakash and others; Director: Dinakar Darshan; Music: V. Harikrishna

"Jothe Jotheyalli" was expected to be a realistic and musically focused film made with a young cast and assisted by a talented crew.
'Aishwarya' tops the Kannada audio list
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Oct 7 The "Aishwarya" album tops the charts. And the recent raids at the shops selling pirated albums in the state have increased sales by eight to 10 percent.

3. "Jothe Jotheyali" - The film's music, scored by debutant V. Harikrishna, has been received well mainly because of its variety. "Oh, gunavantha" and "Barthaare barthaare" are catchy.

4. "Sirivantha" - The album was doing well even before the film's release. The lyrics by the film's director, S. Narayan, have enhanced the appeal of S.A. Raj Kumar's music. "Megha megha" rendered by Shankar Mahadevan is quite popular, but the song has not been included in the film. "Yaaro Yaaro Aa Nalvaru" sung by S.P. Balasubramanyam has touched a chord among listeners.

5. "Ekadhantha" - Guru Kiran has scored music for the film starring Vishnuvardhan. The combination worked wonders in "Aaptha Mithra". "Ganpathi Bappa Moriya" and "Bandal badaayi maadeva" have become popular.

'Aishwarya' is fortnight's top Kannada film
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Oct 7 "Aishwarya" tops the list this fortnight with box office collections crossing the Rs.10 million mark in Bangalore.

The top five Kannada films are:

4. "Sirivantha" - The film has been getting high praise from the media and people who have seen it and seems headed for the number one position. However, initial collections have not been on expected lines because it was released before the festival period. Now, collections are improving and family audiences are visiting the theatres in large numbers.

5. "Mohini 9886088888" - The film had a good opening, but the collections have not been satisfactory from the third week onwards.

I was not excited about awards, says Kishan (INTERVIEW)
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Sep 30  Ten-year-old Master Kishan, said to be the world youngest film director, created history by winning two of the recently announced Karnataka State
film awards for his "Care of Footpath".

Upendra launches a studio-hotel complex
Sep 26,
Kannada film star Upendra has launched a studio-holiday-resort complex.

The complex, called Uppi's Resorts and Hotel, is located on a 28-acre plot of land, which is a few kilometres away from the big banyan tree of Ramohalli, a well-known
tourist attraction near Bangalore.

The complex was launched on his birthday Sep 18. Also launched on the day were two websites - designed for the actor and for his fans.


'Nenapirali' team comes together again
Bangalore, Sep 18 The winning team of the Kannada film "Nenapirali", which won five Filmfare awards, has come together again for a fresh project.

Director Rathnaja, producer Ajay Gowda and composer Hamsalekha are set to repeat the magic of their first film together with "Aparoopa" but they have decided to go for an
entirely new cast.


Sneha's Kannada debut

Sneha, already a star of Tamil and Telugu screens, has completed her first Kannada film "Ravi Shastri".

She teams up with Ravichandran in the film, which is a remake of Tamil flick "Idhu Namma Aalu".

Produced by Sandesh Nagaraj, "Ravi Shastri" is directed by veteran M.S. Rajashekhar.
'Aishwarya' leads Kannada audio race

By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Sep 7 (IANS) The album of "Aishwarya" has climbed to the top of this list even before the film's release.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "Aishwarya": The innovative publicity for the film's songs on television channels, along with the quality of music, has made the album a big hit. "Ella Ok, Maduve Yaake" and the title song composed by music director Rajesh Ramanath are chartbusters.

4. "Sirivantha": Ashwini Audio released the album just recently and initial sales reports are highly satisfactory. "Megha Megha' rendered by Shankar Mahadevan and "Yaaro Yaaro Aa Nalvaru" by S.P. Balasubramanyam have really touched a chord in the hearts of listeners.

5. "Odahuttidavalu": The music scored by R.P. Patnayak has yet to catch on.
'Sevanthi...' still the top Kannada film
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Sep 7"Sevanthi Sevanthi" continues its winning march, keeping ahead of other Kannada films this fortnight.

The top five Kannada films are:

1. "Sevanthi Sevanthi": The film has worked wonders at the box-office. It has already completed 100 days in major centres and is well poised to make it to the silver-jubilee run in at least some parts of Karnataka. The film, directed by S. Narayan, has given a fresh lease of life to actor Vijaya Raghavendra.

4. "Ganda Hendathi": This A-certificate film did attract young crowds in the first few weeks but is now showing a drop in collections. A remake of Hindi hit "Murder", it has done well in all major centres. However, trade pundits doubt its acceptability in the interiors.

5. "Honeymoon Express": The Jaggesh-S. Narayan combo in this comedy has clicked reasonably well.

I wanted to promote 'Aishwarya' in alien territory: Indrajith (INTERVIEW)
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,

Bangalore, Sep 2 (IANS) "I am making a fashion statement," says director-journalist Indrajith Lankesh about his clean-shaven head, which has become his trademark.

Lankesh indeed looks more like a fashion guru than a serious and committed filmmaker or a media person. He dresses well, is highly media-savvy and flouts his big connections with much pride.

Recently, he was seen walking the ramp with some models, including brand ambassadors Deepika Padukone and Daisy Bopanna and superstar Upendra, in a nightclub in the Bangalore Cantonment.

The function was organised by Indrajith himself to promote his next film "Aishwarya" starring Deepika and Upendra.

'Sevanthi...' scores a century, and stays on
By R.G. Vijayasarathy, Indo-Asian News Service

Bangalore, Aug 24 (IANS) "Sevanthi Sevanthi", which has completed 100 days in major centres, is the leading Kannada film of the fortnight.

The top five Kannada films are:

3. "Neenello Naanalle" - The film's collections have not declined appreciably even in its fourth week. Since the film has a lot of commercial elements, it may do well in the
rural and semi-urban centres where it will hit theatres during the Ganesha festival.

4. "Ganda Hendathi" - The remake of the Hindi hit "Murder" has an 'A' certificate. Though family audiences are shunning the film, it is getting good response from

5. "Honeymoon Express" - Jaggesh and S. Narayan may be middle-aged heroes, but their combination has clicked. The film is doing well in Bangalore and some other
'Sevanthi...' still the unchallenged Kannada album
By R.G. Vijayasarathy, Indo-Asian News Service

Bangalore, Aug 24 (IANS) With historical extravaganza "Kumara Rama" sinking without a trace at the box office, the audio of "Sevanthi Sevanthi" remains unchallenged at
the top of the chartbusters list.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "Sevanthi Sevanthi" - Sales of the film's audio are constantly increasing. Ashwini Ram Prasad of Ashwini Audio, which has released the album, says that the audio will
stay on top for another five to six weeks. Music director S.A. Raj Kumar has done a great job in setting popular folk songs to fresh tunes.

Apart from title song "Hudugi Hudugi" sung by Kunal Ganjawala, "Manmatha" by Anoushka and "Ella OK Maduve Yaake" by Upendra have also become hits. Upendra has
written the lyrics for "Dhoni Dhoni", which has become popular as well.

3. "Neenello Naanalle" - The tunes of five of the six songs in this remake have been lifted from Telugu original "Nuvvasthaanante Nenoddantaana". Music director Ramesh
Krishna has composed only one song. "Something something", "Akaasha Bhoomi" and "Sankranthi" have become popular.

4. "Mohini 9886788888" - The album was doing well even before the film's release. The music, scored by Hamsalekha, offers variety. "Ranga ranga dingara ranga" and
"Preethiyalli naanu lucky kane" are the top hits in this album.

5. "Odahuttidavalu" - The tune of one of the songs of this remake film has been lifted from Tamil original "Porkkaalam". All the other songs are melodious. The album has
been doing well so far.

Kumara Rama, and Aishwarya Kannada films and Mohini 9886788888

The top five Kannada albums are:

3. "Aishwarya" - Upendra's new film "Aishwarya" is yet to be released but the music scored by Rajesh Ramanath has already hit it off with audiences. 

The film's CD and audio are selling briskly. The title song and "Ella ok, maduve yaake", sung by Upendra, are particularly catchy numbers.

"Ranga ranga dingara ranga bandha biligirige" by Udit Narayan and Kavitha Krishnamurthy and "Preethiyalli naanu lucky kane", set to music by veteran Hamsalekha, are the most popular.

5. "Kumara Rama" - Guru Kiran has scored music for this big-budget historical film with Shivaraj Kumar in the lead. The album may become a hit after the film releases on Aug 4.  


Folksy 'Sevanthi' top Kannada film of the fortnight

Bangalore, "Sevanthi Sevanthi" is the film of the fortnight. It has scored over other films by successfully penetrating into semi-urban and rural centres.

The top five Kannada films are:

2. "Datta" - The Darshan-Ramya starrer will soon complete 50 days in many centres. The film, which had a good opening, has stabilised its collections in city centres.

5. "Tirupati" - This Sudeep-starrer has had a good opening, but the collections are going down in the second week. The film's huge opening was expected because Sudeep was playing a cop for the first time. The action film may recover the cost for its producer, but more was expected from Shivamani who has directed it.


IPFF: coming soon to a portable device near you

Bangalore, Forget all the high-flying, glitzy international film festivals. Here's one that you can watch "absolutely free" and is "completely portable". The International Portable Film Festival (IPFF) calls itself the world's first completely portable film festival, existing exclusively for portable video devices including iPods, 3G phones, PlayStation Portables and other devices.

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'Sevanthi Sevanthi' leads Kannada audio race
Bangalore, "Sevanthi Sevanthi" rules the Kannada audio market, though it may face a challenge from the new releases in the market. 

The top five Kannada albums are: 

3. "Nenapirali": Hamsalekha's music hits a high in this album. After Ashwini Audio has taken over the audio's distribution from Kalpana Audio, it is doing even better. The title song and "Kukkarahalli Kere" are very popular. 

5. "Aajay": Puneet Raj Kumar's "Aajay" was a hugely anticipated film for the audio market. The album, however, has not matched the fans' expectations. "Hare Rama Hare Krishna' is the catchiest tune of the audio.  
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Darshan's 'Datta' the top Kannada film
Bangalore, "Datta", the Darshan hit directed by Guru Datt, is the top Kannada film of the fortnight.

The top five Kannada films are: 

1. "Datta": The film has Ramya teaming up with Darshan for the first time, though it is Komal's comedy that creates a laugh riot in the theatres. The film has collected Rs.6 million in Bangalore alone in the first week. 

4. "Honeymoon Express": This is another comedy to have enjoyed a good opening. But it is starting to slide back at the box office. 

5. "Chellaata": The film has already completed 50 days and is still running in centres like Bangalore and Mysore. This well made comedy film, despite not boasting a big star cast, has found an appreciative audience 
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Prem and I shall marry by year-end: Rakshitha
Bangalore, Actress Rakshitha, who is making waves in the Kannada film industry, is planning to marry director Prem by the end of the year. "I believe in destiny and god's will. I think I am destined to marry early and I am happy to get the right person," Rakshitha told IANS.  "I have to finish my working schedules for the films I have signed and Prem should finish his work for 'Preethi Eke Bhoomi Melidhe' (PEBM), which is also launching him as a hero. We may marry after the release of PEBM," said Rakshitha, adding she was bowled over by Prem's honesty and simplicity. "Prem comes from a rural background. He is simple and straightforward. My life has been revolving around artificiality, but here is a person who is gentle and has his foot firmly rooted in the ground. It was instant liking and we shared a good rapport from the beginning."


Miss California Review
'Miss California' - unimpressive fare about NRIs
Film: "Miss California"; Cast: Janu, Diganth, Sowmya, Sarath Babu, Geetha, Dattanna and Jayanthi; Director: Kodlu Ramakrishna; Producer: Mallika Dattatreya; Music director: Ravi Dattatreya

"Miss California" is a film based on C.N. Muktha's novel "Megha Mandara". The script and dialogues have been penned by journalist Vagdevi and the project was backed by a rich Kannadiga NRI. In spite of that the film has not turned out to be impressive mainly because of an incoherent script and inadequate direction by Kodlu Ramakrishna. Like other films produced by NRIs - "Paris Pranaya", "America America", "Preethi Prema Pranaya" and "Poorvapara" - "Miss California" too is about a Kannadiga family living abroad. As expected it has young NRI Kannadiga characters who are in search of their identity and keen to know more about their culture and traditions. However, the film has positive points too like good visuals shot abroad and in the misty interiors of Theerthahalli. Kodlu, who has made some award-winning and novel-based films like "Udbhava", has extracted good performances from veteran artists Sarath Babu, Dattanna, and Jayanthi. But the younger lots couldn't match the performance of their seniors. 
The story is about wildlife photographer Diganth who lives in Theerthahalli. He wins an award and goes abroad to receive it. In the US, he meets his relatives who are settled there. He also meets a young girl, Janu, who is fascinated by Indian culture and traditions. She is the daughter of Prasad (Sarath Babu) and Shakuntala (Geetha), also NRIs.  ( Read full news )

Comedy time for Kannada cinema
Bangalore, From tearjerkers to laugh riots, from mafia dons to light-hearted romance and fun - the Kannada film industry is witnessing a dramatic change in the preferences of directors and producers. Those known for family dramas full of sentimental scenes are planning to try their hand at tickling the audience's funny bone. Others, thus far given to glorifying gangsters in films, are also on a frantic hunt for comedy scripts. "Rama Shaama Bhaama", the hugely successful Kamal Haasan remake of hit Tamil comedy "Sati Leelavati", has proved to be a trendsetter. Six comedies are to hit the screen in the next few months: "Ekadhantha". "Honeymoon Express", "Datta", "Lancha Samrajya", "Neenello Naanello", and "Pandavaru". 
Except for "Neenello Naanello" and "Pandavaru", all the other films are based on original scripts or popular literary works. 
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Prakash Raj shines in 'Aajay'
By R.G. Vijayasarathy
Bangalore, (IANS) Producer Rockline Venkatesh always makes big films and revels in making remakes. "Aajay", a remake of Telugu hit "Okkudu" and its Tamil version "Gilli", conforms to his standards. The film is a well-made entertainer. However, those who have seen the original or its Tamil remake may be disappointed as director Mehar Ramesh has not been able to match the narrative of either Gunashekhar who made "Okkudu" or the improvisation of Dharani in "Gilli". The first of the film's positives is the performance of actor Prakash Raj. He played the same role in the Telugu original and its Tamil version. But in the Kannada film, he goes one step further by conversing in the northern Karnataka accent to perfection. The film can also be remembered for Puneet Raj Kumar's excellent screen presence and his agility in fight sequences. The chase sequences and the kabaddi matches are really well shot. 
On the negative side, Ramesh, who had earlier directed Puneet's "Veera Kannadiga", has not succeeded in maintaining the film's tempo. Actress Anu Mehta's performance lacks lustre and the necessary glamour. Mani Sharma's music falls below expectations. He has merely lifted tunes from his earlier film scores. 
Julie Review
'Julie': how not to remake a movie
Film: "Julie"; Cast: Ramya, Dino Morea, Ramesh Bhatt, Si Hi Ka Hi Chandru, Chitra Shenoy and others; Director: Poornima Mohan; Producer: K.C.N. Mohan; Music director: Rajesh Ramanath
The Kannada version of hugely popular Hindi film "Julie" is a good example of how not to remake a film.Produced by veteran K.C.N Mohan and directed by his wife Poornima, "Julie" features Ramya and Bollywood actor Dino Morea in the lead roles. Apart from them there are some talented Kannada artistes in the film. But the film fails to live up to expectations.In her debut as a director, instead of making well needed changes in the script, Poornima has just copied frame-for-frame the Hindi film "Julie", which was based on the Malayalam hit "Chattakkari".In both the films, Lakshmi played the title role and won laurels for her brilliant performance. 
In the new version, changes were required mainly because there has been a revolutionary change in the mindset of today's India on issues like premarital sex and the single parent. 
'My Autograph' audio continues its marathon
Bangalore, The early monsoon in Karnataka is expected to affect film business, which is already on a downslide. However, the lull has not harmed the popularity of "My Autograph" that still leads the pack of top selling audios.

The top five Kannada albums are:

2. "Sevanthi Sevanthi" - The audio is doing well mainly because of the wide appeal of the folk songs of this film. S.A. Raj Kumar's music and the songs being repeatedly shown on TV are the main factors behind the audio's success. 

5. "Tavarina Siri" - "Tavarina Siri" had a platinum disc release function recently, but unfortunately the film has failed to captivate the audiences. Hamsalekha's music is not in the same league as his previous work in "Anna Thangi".

'My Autograph' still top Kannada film
Bangalore, Actor-turned-director Sudeep's directorial debut "My Autograph", a remake of Cheran's Tamil hit "Autograph", continues to entertain viewers with its stunning visuals, soulful music, tight direction and stupendous performances. 

The film holds number one position on the list this fortnight.

The top five Kannada films are:

2. "Aajay" - The film had a fantastic opening, but now the collections are dipping. Puneet Raj Kumar's films usually get huge openings. The film has collected around Rs.10 million in Bangalore. 

3. "Sevanthi Sevanthi" - Is the film, directed by S. Narayan, a sleeping giant? It certainly looks like that because the collections have been steadily improving from the third week onwards. The film is expected to complete 50 days in some centres. 


Puneet's 'Aajay' tops Kannada box office
Bangalore, The pick of the Kannada film fortnight is "Aajay", the Puneet Rajkumar film that made record collections in the first week.

The top five Kannada films are:

3. "Sevanthi Senathi": Though the film is not doing as well as expected, despite the popularity of its songs, it is still better placed than other recent releases. 

4. "Hatavadi": The film has completed 50 days in some centres. It has not done well at the box office, except for B centres, despite good reviews.

5. "Chellata": The rib-tickler featuring TV star Ganesh has drawn its own audiences. The collections have been satisfactory in centres like Bangalore and Mysore.
'My Autograph' is a mega audio hit
Bangalore, "My Autograph" is the top Kannada album of the fortnight.

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "My Autograph": "Araluva Hoovugale, Aalisiri" and "Savi Savi Nenapu, Saavira Nenapu" continue to reign the charts. The tunes have been lifted from the original Tamil film. 

2. "Aajay": The initial sales of the audio of the Puneet-starrer have been encouraging. Only two tunes have been taken from the original film "Okkudu". Telugu music director Mani Sharma has not repeated his magic for the remake. "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" has become a popular song. 

3. "Tavarina Siri": Hamsalekha's music for this Shivaraj-starrer has proved a strong point of the film. "Baalinalli Eru Peru", rendered by Madhu Balakrishna, is the top song. The audio's fortunes will depend on the performance of the film that releases Friday.

4. "Sevanthi Senathi": The strength of the album is that it is full of popular Kannada folk songs. Music director S.A. Raj Kumar has created the right tunes for the folk songs. "Maayadhantha Male Banthanna" and "Jaaji Mallige Hoovu" are popular numbers. The second song has been sung by the film's hero, Vijaya Raghavendra. 

5. "Hatavadi": 'Crazy Star' Ravichandran has composed music for the film. "Aata Hudugaatavo" and Shankar Mahadevan's breathless song are the highlights of this album. 

No rivals for Kannada film 'My Autograph'
Bangalore, Kannada film industry continues to reel under falling revenues, especially in the gloomy aftermath of thespian Rajkumar's death, allowing "My Autograph" to continue in the top slot.

Films like "Sevanthi Sevanthi", "Chellaata" and "Ambi", released after Rajkumar's death, have done less than expected business.

The top five Kannada films are:

1. "My Autograph" - The film, directed by young actor Sudeep, has brought cheer to him and a legion of his fans. It is doing well even in its 12th week and is expected to complete 100 days in five big centres. 

2. "Sevanthi Sevanthi" - The film, released a week after Rajkumar's death, has not had the expected opening, considering the pre-release hype. The film, however, has earned critical acclaim and is expected to do better after the second week. 

3. "Chellaata" - The big-budget comedy has had a good opening in cities like Bangalore and Mysore. Released along with "Sevanthi Sevanthi", "Chellaata" has held its own.

The success of the film owes much to the performance of popular "Comedy Time" TV show anchor Ganesh.

4. "Ambi" - The Audithya-Maanya starrer, released in the last week of April, has opened well. Whether the film will continue its march in the face of stiff competition in the coming weeks from films like "Datta" has to be seen. 
'My Autograph' leads Kannada audio race
Bangalore, Only the audio tracks of "My Autograph", "Sevanthi Sevanthi" and "Ajay" have scored well in the Kannada film industry's general bleakness following thespian Rajkumar's death last month.

The industry has pinned all its hope on "Tavarina Siri" - a film featuring Shivaraj Kumar with music by Hamsalekha - to break the jinx.

The top five Kannada albums are:

2. "Sevanthi Sevanthi" - The film has some popular Kannada folk songs set to tune by music director S.A. Raj Kumar. Even the singers have been selected with care with the sales of the audios and CDs reflecting the quality of singing.

"Maayadhantha male banthanna", "Bhaagyaada balegaara" and "Jaaji mallige" are the most popular songs.

3. "Ajay" - The Puneet Raj Kumar starrer is a hugely awaited film with audios and CDs selling courtesy the hero's charisma. Mani Sharma, one of the most popular music directors of Telugu cinema, has scored music for this Kannada film. 

"Ajay" is a remake of Telugu hit "Okkudu" and Sharma composed the music for the original. "Hare Rama hare Krishna" has become the most popular song of the audio.

4. "Tavarina Siri" - Music director Hamsalekha returns to limelight with some fantastic compositions for "Tavarina Siri". According to Ramu Audio, which has released the film's audio, the sales have been brisk.

5. "Shubham" - This film with music by Guru Kiran has not done well at the box office, but the audio is not doing too bad. "Hani hani ibbani" and "Yaarivanu" have proved to be catchy tunes.


Spate of remakes to spice up southern screens
Bangalore, Remakes are the flavour of the season down south with most directors trying to cash in on the success of old or recent hits. Ravichandran is also set to be the hero of "Oda Huttidavalu", a remake of Tamil director Cheran's first directorial venture "Porkalam". Sai Prakash will direct the Kannada version. Radhika and Rakshitha are the two heroines of "Oda Huttidavalu" and Tamil actress Mallika plays Ravichandran's sister in the film. Jayasudha, Dharmavarapu Subramanyam and other leading Telugu actors have been roped in for the remake. 
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'My Autograph' an audio hit too
Bangalore, Though Kannada films have been continuously failing in the box office, some new audio releases are doing well. This week's top grosser album is "My Autograph".

The top five Kannada albums are:

2. "Sevanthi Sevanthi": The film is yet to be released, but buyers have shown a lot of interest in audio. S.A. Raj Kumar has composed the music and the numbers have been selected from a treasure of Kannada folk songs.

4. "Thavarina Siri": Music director Hamsalekha is at the peak of his popularity. His score for "Thavanna Siri", yet to be released, is also making waves. "Jeevanadalli Eru Peru, Nadyabeku Namma Theru", sung by Madhu Balakrishna, is the catchiest number in the cassette. 

5. "Ajay": The film has not yet been released but, as in the case of other films of popular young star Puneet Raj Kumar, the sales of its music have been brisk. The film is a remake of Telugu hit "Okkudu", remade in Tamil as "Gilli" with Vijay. The recent function to release the audio, held in Hubli, attracted a huge audience. "Hare Rama, Hare Krishna" has become a popular song already.
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'My Autograph' shines in a fortnight of Kannada flops
Bangalore, The Kannada film industry is facing a big crisis these days. Except for "My Autograph", produced and directed by actor Sudeep, no film has even been able to recover its cost for either the producers or the distributors. 

It is a pity that even flops like "Hatavadi" and "Thandege Thakka Maga" have to be included in this list of top five Kannada films.

4. "Hatavadi": The film, directed by Ravichandran who plays the hero and who has also composed music for it, had a good opening. but collections have dipped since then. The film's release before the festival period was said to be the main reason for its debacle, but the scenario has not improved even now.

5. "Thandege Thakka Maga": The film is a remake of Tamil hit "Thevar Magan", which had a successful run in many major centres like Bangalore and Mysore. The original has been telecast many a times and so has its Hindi version, "Virasat". The Kannada version is in its third week - and it is now clear that the producer will certainly incur a loss. The big star cast, including Upendra and Ambareesh has not helped the film, released just a day after the Ugadi festival. 
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Kannada idol Rajkumar dead, state funeral Thursday
Bangalore, Kannada film icon Rajkumar, whose kidnapping by brigand Veerappan in 2002 created a nationwide furore, died here Wednesday of cardiac arrest, plunging Karnataka into sorrow and sparking arson by his anguished fans.
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Rajkumar's death sparks attacks in Bangalore
Bangalore, The sudden death of Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar Wednesday sparked a spate of violence, arson and attacks on public property in and around the city by his fans in an emotional frenzy.

Kannada idol Rajkumar is dead, Bangalore shuts down
Bangalore, Kannada film icon Rajkumar died here Wednesday afternoon, and shops, offices and cinema theatres across the city shut down as a mark of respect even as thousands of fans thronged his home to pay their last respects.

Kannada idol Rajkumar is dead
Bangalore, Kannada movie star Rajkumar died here Wednesday afternoon, his personal physician Ramana Rao said. The veteran 77-year-old actor, who enjoyed a fan following of millions, was abducted by forest brigand Veerappan in July 2000 and freed after 108 days in custody.

President, PM condole Rajkumar's death
New Delhi, President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday condoled the death of Kannada cinema icon Rajkumar, describing him as a distinguished and versatile actor whose achievements would be long remembered.

The death of a thespian
Bangalore, The death of matinee monarch Rajkumar Wednesday has plunged his fans and most Kannadigas - to whom he was a living legend - into the blackness of mourning.

Two-day state mourning for Rajkumar in Karnataka
Bangalore, The Karnataka government Wednesday declared a two-day mourning as a mark of respect to Kannada thespian Rajkumar, who died here after a cardiac arrest.
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Pooja prepares for films - and exams
Bangalore, She may be a popular film star but these days Kannada heroine Pooja Kanwal is busy studying for her graduation exams. Pooja, who is studying in Mumbai, made her mark with the Kannada film "7 O'clock". After her exams she is likely to go abroad and shoot three song sequences for "Tirupathi", in which she teams up with leading Kannada actor Sudeep. Pooja was spotted by Producer Rajat Barjatya who cast her as a heroine in the Hindi film "Uff Kya Jadoo Mohobbat Hai", in which she was paired with Kannada star Dhyan, better known in Bollywood as Sameer.
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Kannada film 'My Autograph' slow but steady winner
Bangalore, Actor Sudeep's first directorial outing "My Autograph" is the Kannada film industry's dazzling hit in three months. 

The top five Kannada films are:

1. "My Autograph" - The film did not have a great opening, but has done extraordinarily well in the weeks following its release. It is expected to do even better in the coming months. 

2. "Hatavadi" - The film's pre-festival release denied it the kind of audiences that theatres see in the days after Ugadi. Still, it has done remarkably well and may prove to be a big success in the summer when secondary school students will throng the theatre after completing their examinations.

4. "Suntaragaali" - This Darshan-starrer directed by Sadhu Kokila is expected to complete 50 days in some major centres, including Bangalore and Mysore. The distributors at most of the centres, including Kolar, Tumkur and Mandya, are reaping profits.

5. "Ashoka" - The film was released in the midst of examinations and cricket matches, but still earned a profit of approximately Rs.8 million throughout the state in the first week. 

The film was made on a budget of Rs.20 million and it is expected to be either a break-even or a profit-making venture.   ( Read full news )

'My Autograph' tops Kannada albums
Bangalore, The music of "My Autograph", which leads the list of Kannada albums this fortnight, is likely to be challenged by a flurry of summer releases soon. 

The top five Kannada albums are:

1. "My Autograph" - The sale of film's audio, which has already completed six weeks in theatres, have been steadily increasing and may create a record this year. 

"My Autograph" has the same tunes as in the Tamil original "Autograph", but Kalyan's lyrics have made them more appealing. "Savi savi nenapu" and "Araluva hoovugale aalisiri' are all the rage.

2. "Hatavadi" - Ravichandran's films always generate a huge interest among regular buyers of film albums. He has not only directed "Hatavadi" but also composed the music for it. "Yaaru yaaru" and "Ee preethigaagi" have become hugely popular.

4. "Thandege Thakka Mag" - This Upendra and Ambareesh-starrer is a remake of Tamil hit "Thevar Magan" and music composer S.A. Raj Kumar has retained the original tunes. "Kaveri simyaga" and "Jaajiya hoo chanda" are popular. 

The song "Dama dam" is designed to introduce Upendra and Ambareesh in the film, which is yet to be released but, according to the Mars Audio Company, buyers are already showing interest.

5. "Ajay" - Ashwini Audio has already released the audio of this much hyped film starring Puneet Raj Kumar. It has six songs but it is "Hare Rama, hare Krishna" that has caught the listeners' fancy.
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'My Autograph' is a mega hit
Bangalore, "My Autograph", which was expected to do well only in A-centres or big cities, is doing good business all over the state and is the top grossing Kannada film of the fortnight.

The top five Kannada films are:

1. "My Autograph" - The box office collections of the film, directed by actor Sudeep, are expected to touch the Rs.10 million mark in Bangalore. The present trend indicates it may become a super-hit. 

2. "Anna Thangi" - The film is on its way to a silver jubilee milestone. The box office collections of "Anna Thangi", which is the biggest hit among the films released in 2005, have surpassed "Jogi". 

3. "Suntaragaali" - The film has had a good opening throughout the state. Of late, Darshan's films get a good opening but finally end up as disappointing fare. "Suntaragaali" may follow the same pattern. 

Sentimental 'Anna Thangi' is best-selling audio
Bangalore, "Anna Thangi" stays on top of the Kannada audio charts this fortnight, with the melodious songs proving to be the successful film's mainstay. The top five albums are:

1. "Anna Thangi" - The film's 100th day was celebrated recently with much fanfare. Veteran music director Hamsalekha, who has made a big comeback with this musical hit, has penned the lyrics too. 

2. "My Autograph" - The success of the audio adds another feather in the cap of music director Bharadwaj. "My Autograph" is a remake of Tamil hit "Autograph", which won the National Film Award for the best music. Director Sudeep has retained the same tunes used in the original film, which was directed by Cheran. "Savi savi nenapu" and "Araluva hoovugale aalisiri" are chartbusters. 

3. "Hatavadi" - This audio was recently released by 'Crazy Star' Ravichandran and the songs are already making waves. "Yaaramma ivalu", "Hudugaatavo" and "Bhagavanthanaatavo" have proved to be catchy numbers.  
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'Suntaragaali' offers action-comedy combo - Review

Film: "Suntaragaali"; Producer: Kadur Umesh; Director and music director: Sadhu Kokila; Cast: Darshan, Rakshitha, Rangayana Raghu, Ashish Vidyarthi, Seetha, Umashri, Sadhu Kokila, Bullet Prakash. 
'Anna Thangi' spells comeback for Hamsalekha
Bangalore, Success of the film "Anna Thangi", which has completed 100 days in theatres and is still going strong, has pushed its audio to the top of the list. 

The top five Kannada Albums are:

1. "Anna Thangi" - Music director Hamsalekha has returned to Kannada cinema with a bang. With the success of this album he has proved again that he is the best bet as far as sentimental films go.

Kannada film to compete in world festivals
Bangalore, Feb 28 (IANS) "Tuttoori", a children's film in Kannada, will be competing in all the major forthcoming international film festivals, including Cannes and Cairo, if its makers have their way. "Tuttoori", produced by actress Jayamala and directed by P. Seshadri, won the viewers' award in the children's section at the Ninth International Film Festival in Dhaka last month. It was the only Kannada film to be shown in the nine-day festival. Jayamala and Seshadri could not attend the festival. They got the good news about their film's performance on the telephone. They are still awaiting responses from the organisers of the Cannes and Cairo film festivals. 
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Kannada thespian Rajkumar hospitalised
Bangalore, Kannada matinee idol Rajkumar was admitted to a private hospital here Monday after he complained of breathing difficulty and chest pain early in the morning. According to Wockhard Heart Institute, where he was admitted, the 77-year-old thespian's condition is stable. "He is under observation in the ICU (intensive care unit). We have conducted some tests, and the reports are awaited," the actor's personal physician Ramana Rao told reporters at the hospital.
"He appears to be under stress. The death of his elder brother Vardaraj a fortnight ago has personally affected him," he said. Rajkumar's family members are attending to him. The legendary celluloid hero has been ailing for sometime.  ( Read full news )

Kannada actress Prema to wed soon
Bangalore, Popular Kannada film star Prema has got engaged to a software professional from Bangalore and expects to be married in May. Prema, who has acted in Telugu and Tamil films, said her fiancé Jeevan Appachchu was her parents' choice as it was to be an "arranged marriage". The engagement was reportedly a small affair with very few people from the film industry present. Though the date of the wedding is yet to be fixed, it is expected to be in May.
The star of hit films like "Yajamaana", "Aapthamithra" and "Kanasugaara" said she would be choosy about roles after tying the knot. ( Read full news )
Kumaraswamy promises to make a new film
Bangalore, New Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy is to make a film based on a period novel, Hejje", by writer Vyasaraya Ballal."I had spoken a few years ago about making this film but I could not take up the project," he said here. "Now I am determined to make a good film, which will also prove to be a popular."
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Melodies make 'Anna Thangi' audio a mega hit
Bangalore, The melodious music of composer Hamsalekha has taken the album "Anna Thangi" to the top. The top five Kannada albums are:
'Anna Thangi' continues onward march
Bangalore, "Anna Thangi", which promises to prove as big a hit as the phenomenal "Jogi", tops the fortnight's Kannada list. The top five films are:

1. "Anna Thangi" - The sentimental film has surpassed the collections of "Jogi" in many interior areas of Karnataka, though it is not a bigger hit in the major cities. 

It has completed 100 days and the producer is expected to earn more than Rs.39 million from the film.

Heroine creates furore with dare-bare photos
Bangalore, Sanchana, the heroine of "Ganda Hendathi", has landed in a controversy even before the film's launch. The dare-bare photographs of Sanchana, carried on the cover of the invitation to the launch function, have led to a debate within the industry and outside as well. Producer Shailendra Babu and director Ravi Srivatsa have received bouquets as well as brickbats for the Rs.200,000 photo shoot for the invitation, which states on the cover - "Love is the thirst of youth". Says Babu: "I had to convey the nature of my product to the audiences. The film deals with a complex issue - a woman's post-marital infidelity and her subsequent repentance." 
Sanchana, who had earlier acted in a couple of films in the name of Mandira, also defends the photographs.  ( Read full news )
'Uppi Dada' no match for 'Munnabhai'
Film: "Uppi Dada M.B.B.S."; Cast: Upendra, Uma, Anant Nag, Srinath, Sumithra, H.G. Dattatreya, Gurudatt, Naveen Mayur, Chitra Shenoy and others; Director: D. Rajendra Babu; Producer: Gemini Films Circuit; Music director: R.P. Patnayak 
As the title suggests, this is a remake of the Sanjay Dutt starrer "Munnabhai M.B.B.S.", which was a trendsetter in Bollywood. But "Uppi Dada M.B.B.S" doesn't have the impact of the original. There is no need to outline the story of a remake of a hugely discussed and massively popular film. But still a few sequences merit mention. The climax sequence where all the hospital staff and the students protest the expulsion of the Dada, the carom board scene and the death of the cancer patient have been executed well with good performances by all the actors involved. The other sequences, however, are no match for the original, which was a hit with the masses and critics. Upendra has written the lyrics and also sung one of the songs. Besides getting accolades as a lead actor, he wins in both these departments.  ( Read full news )

Tearjerker 'Anna Thangi' is top Kannada film
Bangalore, The melodramatic "Anna Thangi" is turning out to be the biggest hit amongst the films released in 2005 and is this fortnight's number one too.

The top five Kannada films are:

2. "Rama Shama Bhama" - The film has completed 50 days. A favourite with family audiences, the film is recording increasing collections. Kamal Haasan, who plays the main lead, has received a warm welcome on his return to Kannada cinema after a gap of 18 years. 
'Anna Thangi' album is a mega hit
Bangalore, The audio of "Anna Thangi", which was not doing well before the film's release, has now reached the top of this list. 

The top five Kannada albums are:

5. "Ambi" - The film is yet to be released, but its music is making news. The company, which has released the audio, is confident of its success. The film's director, Nagendra Prasad, has also scored music for the film as well as written the lyrics.
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Shivaraj back to work
Bangalore, Kannada star Shivaraj Kumar, who was hospitalised earlier this month with a stomach ache and fever, has recovered and is ready to return to the sets. His sudden illness Jan 3 forced the busy actor to take a break from his work. The news created anxiety among millions of his fans and he had to appear on television to announce he was on the road to recovery.Shivaraj was moved by the affection shown by his fans and well-wishers.
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Martial arts fail to make 'Sree' a thriller
Film: "Sree"; Cast: Vijaya Raghavendra, Jennifer, Rahul Dev, Anant Nag, Avinash, Doddanna, Vinaya Prasad; Producer: Dushyanth and Santhosh Kumar; Director: Prem; Music Director: Sandeep ."Sree" was advertised as an action film with a difference. It was eagerly awaited for the fights, shot in 'Muvay Thai' style, a martial art of Thailand. There were huge expectations from the film because its director had delivered critically acclaimed films like "Kushi" and "Rishi", which also faired well at the box office. A poor script, however, mars "Sree". The film has a heavy dose of fight sequences, but lacks a logical and plausible story. It could have been a landmark Kannada film, but for this near-fatal flaw.
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Drashan puts 'Mandya' on top
Bangalore, Action star Darshan's appeal has made "Mandya" the top Kannada film of the fortnight. 

1. "Mandya": Director Om Prakash Rao's film, with Darshan and Rakshitha in the lead, had a great opening with the first week's collections amounting to about Rs.7 million in the Bangalore-Kolar-Tumkur area. 

2. "Rama Shama Bhama": The film's success is guaranteed. Multilingual actor Kamal Haasan returns to Kannada cinema after a gap of 18 years. This remake of Tamil hit "Sati Leelavathi" is a hit all over Karnataka. 

'Anna Thangi' wins Kannada audio race
Bangalore, Producer laughs when the audience cries in the theatre, the old adage goes. And the musical success of the tear jerker "Anna Thangi" proves it more than right. 

The top five Kannada Albums are:

2. "Jogi": Even six months after its release, the audio remains in the top five list. Over 800,000 cassettes have been sold. The title song and "Hodi maga" are still chartbusters. 

3. "Amrutha Dhaare": Initially the film's music had a slow start but it caught on thanks to Mano Murthy's melodious tunes, which have boosted sales. Songs like "Mane katti nodu, Maduve maadi nodu" and "Huduga huduga" are hot favourites with music lovers. 
'Mandya' - a mix and match of many films - Mandya review
By R.G. Vijayasarathy, Indo-Asian News Service

Film: "Mandya"; Producer: Purushothama Rao; Director: Om Prakash Rao; Music Director: Guru Kiran; Cast: Darshan, Rakshitha, Radhika, Avinash, Sathyajith, Swasthik Shankar, Dharma, Chethan, Sudharani, Chitra Shenoy and others.

"Mandya" is the latest addition to the list of patchwork Kannada films, just putting together sequences and story elements from many other movies.  
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Dino Morea sings 'Julie' tunes in Kannada
Mumbai, Bollywood actor Dino Morea, who appears in the Kannada remake of the 1970s Hindi blockbuster "Julie", is upbeat because he got a chance to sing Rajesh Roshan's melodious and immortal tunes in the film. Dino, who loves singing and dancing, is currently dubbing for his next release "Holiday" where he plays a salsa instructor. "I love singing and dancing. In fact, this week I was called on Zee's music show 'Sa Ra Ga Ma' to be a guest judge. I was awed by the talent of the kids, especially Vinit and Himani. The minute they opened their mouths to sing, time stopped still," said Dino appreciatively. 
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Kamal Haasan's comeback film tops Kannada charts
Bangalore, Kamal Haasan's comeback in Kannada film "Rama Shama Bhama" is not only the fortnight's pick but also promises to become one of the biggest hits.

The top five films are:
3. "Vishnu Sena": It was the most awaited film of the year and had a big opening. Its first two-week collections have been very good, with Rs.6.5 million in the very first week. It was sold to all distribution centres in Karnataka long before its release. It is expected to recover the costs. 

'Rama Shama Bhama' album on top
Bangalore, A song by actor Kamal Haasan sung in 'Hubli' accent in the film "Rama Shama Bhama" is the reason behind its album topping the charts this week. 
The top five film albums are: 

3. "Vishnu Sene": The film's audio is selling because Vishnuvardhan, the film's hero, has sung the song titled "Abhimaanigale nanna praana", which has become one of the most popular songs of the album.
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Sada stages a Kannada comeback
Bangalore, Actress Sada returns to Kannada cinema with a lead role in director S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu's "Mohini". She plays a crime reporter in the film and is paired with upcoming actor Audithya.
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'Nenapirali' reflects new trend in Kannada cinema
By R.G. Vijayasarathy, Indo-Asian News Service

Film: 'Nenapirali'; Director: Ratnaja; Producer: Ajay Gowda; Music director: Hamsalekha; Cast: Prem, Vidya Venkatesh, Varsha, Akshay Krishna, Anant Nag, Jai Jagadish

Kannada cinema is witnessing attempts at innovative filmmaking by fresh talent. "Nenapirali", directed by Ratnaja and produced by Ajay Gowda, is one such attempt of which both these young engineering graduates can be really proud. 
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Cakewalk for Kamal's comeback film
Bangalore, Kamal Haasan's Kannada comeback film "Rama Shama Bhama" takes the top slot among this fortnight's films. 

The top five films are:

1. "Rama Shama Bhama": The first week's collections of the film, which marks the return of Kamal Haasan to Kannada cinema after nearly two decades, is estimated to be Rs.6 million, way beyond expectations. Directed by Ramesh Arvind, the film is proving a laugh riot for audiences across Karnataka.
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Kamal's triumphant return to Kannada cinema - Rama Shama bhama review
Film: "Rama Shama Bhama"; Cast: Kamal Haasan, Ramesh Arvind, Shruthi, Oorvashi, Daisy Bopanna, H.G. Dattathreya and Anirudha; Director: Ramesh Arvind; Producer: K. Manju; Music director: Guru Kiran . Kamal Haasan returns to Kannada cinema after a gap of 18 years with "Rama Shama Bhama". And he comes out with flying colours in a role tailor-made for him.  
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Dino Morea to debut on Kannada screen
Bangalore, Dec 10 (IANS) Model-turned-actor Dino Morea will make his debut in Kannada films with "Julie", a remake of Malayalam hit "Chattakkaari", also made in Hindi as "Julie".
Bangalore-born Dino will be paired with Ramya, who is considered a lucky mascot in the industry. Produced by KCN Movies, the film will be directed by Poornima Mohan.
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'Jogi' creating history at box office
Bangalore, Director Prem's "Jogi", a sentimental story of a village simpleton turning into underworld hireling, has broken many records at box office by running continuously for 100 days in fifty theatres.

The top five films of this week are: 
1 "Jogi": The film has completed 100 days in fifty theatres, which is a record. It has boosted up actor Shivaraj Kumar's career, who had several flops to his credit before "Jogi". 

2 "Amrutha Dhaare": Rajashri Pictures' "Amrutha Dhaare" is turning out to be a success. The Kannada industry is expecting it to be a silver jubilee. Directed by Nagathihalli Chandrashekhar, the film is doing well abroad. 
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'Jogi' songs rules Kannada music charts
Bangalore, The music of "Jogi" is widely appreciated and its songs have become favourite ring-tones among the music lovers. 

5 "Uppi Dada MBBS": It is a remake of the hit Hindi film "Munna Bhai MBBS" and well-known music director R.P. Patnayak has composed the music of the film. Few songs of the film are written by actor Upendra himself. ( Read full news )

Royal role for Shivaraj in 'Kumara Rama'
Bangalore, Shivaraj Kumar dons royal robes for the historical film "Kumara Rama", launched amid much fanfare at the Abbiah Naidu studios here, in a role that his father and Kannada cinema icon Dr. Rajkumar was once supposed to play. Rajkumar supervised the first shot of the film, being directed by Bhargav. 
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'Nammanna' a Kannada film with a Telugu look
Film: "Nammanna"; Cast: Sudeep, Anjala Jhaveri, Flora Saini, Sadhu Kokila, Mukhyamanthri Chandru, Kota Sreenivasa Rao, Ashish Vidyarthi, AVS, Subbaraju and others; Producer: Bala Muththayya; Director: N. Shankar; Music director: Guru Kiran "Nammanna", produced by Bala Muththayya, is the latest addition to the list of damp squibs released in the recent days. The film is a huge disappointment for many Sudeep fans, who were looking for a good entertainer after being let down by ventures like "Sai" and "Maharaja". "Nammanna", a painful viewing experience, is the remake of Telugu hit "Anna" (remade in Hindi as "Bhai" with Suniel Shetty). Director N. Shankar makes this film the worst of the trio. 
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War of stars mars 'Aaaptha Mitha' fest
Bangalore, A stand-off between two Kannada film stars is dampening first anniversary celebrations of the phenomenal box-office success, "Aaptha Mithra". "I will not be foolish enough to organise a big function to mark the anniversary my film "Aaptha Mithra" without ensuring the presence of its lead actor Vishnuvardhan," said the film's producer Dwarakish, who is also a reputed director and actor.
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'Jogi' leads the Kannada audio race
Bangalore, The popularity of the "Jogi" album is soaring as the film is about to complete 100 days. The top five albums are: 1."Jogi": This is the first time that 300,000 CDs of a Kannada film have been sold within six months of its release. All the six songs of the film have become big hits. Guru Kiran has now become the toast of Kannada film music fans. 2."Amrithdhare": Popularised by the television channels, the film's songs have become hits after its box-office success. The title song, "Mane Katti Nodu, Maduve Maadi Nodu" and "Huduga Huduga" have become hits. Mano Murthy has once again proved his ability to deliver musical hits. 
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'Anna Thangi' is old wine in old bottle - Review
Film: "Anna Thangi"; Cast: Shivaraj Kumar, Radhika, Deepu Sudharani; Directed by: Sai Prakash; Produced by: Prabhakar; Music director: Hamsalekha If you are in tune with the weepy films of the 50s and 60s, when sacrificing siblings were emotionally tortured by other insensitive characters, then "Anna Thangi" is for you.
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'Hat-trick heroine' Ramya signs for four films
Bangalore, Ramya, now known as the "hat-trick heroine" after the success of "Akash", "Gauramma" and "Amruthadhare", has signed for four new films. One is an as yet untitled film with Darshan, under Guru Datt's direction. She will also be working with director S. Narayan in another still-to-be-titled film with Vijaya Raghavendra in the lead. S.A. Chinnegowda is the producer. 
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Hitchcock inspires Kannada film
Bangalore The Kannada film "Mohini 9448858888", currently in the making, was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock - the legendary suspense maestro of Hollywood, director S.V. Rajendra Singh Babu said. Babu told reporters here that his new film with the intriguing title would be his tribute to Hitchcock. ( Read full news )


Ramya happy over new role

Maanya shoots for her fifth Kannada film 

New Kasaravalli film makes rapid progress

'Jogi' an unstoppable juggernaut

'Jogi' reigns supreme among Kannada audios

Puneet charisma fails to save 'Namma Basava'

Kannada star Vishnuvardhan visits alma mater

Kannada entry for world children's film fest

Darshan charisma fails to save 'Swamy'

'Jogi', the unbeatable Kannada audio

'Jogi' outshines star-studded rivals

Kannada audiences have accepted me: Dhyaan

Kasaravalli's 'Haseena' tells a touching tale

Radhika game for two-heroine films

Murali pins hopes on 'Gopi'

Guru Kiran rules Kannada audio market

'Jogi' an all-time super-hit in Kannada cinema

Kannada film 'Amrithdhare' woos with love theme

Meera Jasmine returning to Kannada screen

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