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Sudeep, Ramya are top Kannada stars of 2006
By R.G. Vijayasarathy,
Bangalore, Jan 6 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".
"My Autograph" also marked a dream debut for Sudeep as a
The hits of 2006 came as a respite for the actor because his
last year releases were below average.
As for Ramya, she attracted attention even in her non-hits like
"Datta" in which she teamed up with Darshan. "Julie" flopped but
her sensuous screen presence is still being discussed and "Tharanam
Tharanam" showcased her histrionic skills.
Ramya is now working in Gowtham Menon's Tamil film, in which she
is paired with Surya.
2006 - year of flops for Kannada film industry
Bangalore, Jan 6 Of the 66 Kannada films released last year,
only six were box-office hits while five were able to get their
investments back to the producers; the
other 55 were major flops.
The successful films were - "My Autograph", "Jothe Jotheyalli",
"Sirivantha", "Aishwarya", "Sevanthi Sevanthi" and "Hubballi".
Films released at the fag end of the year -- "Neelakanta", "Kallarali
Hoovaagi" and "Mungaru Male" - were critically acclaimed, but it
is too early to predict their fate at
Some films drew much attention when released, but flopped later
on. These included "Kumara Rama", "Thandege Thakka Maga", "Oda
Huttidavalu", "Uppi Dada M.B.B.S.",
"Tirupathi" and "Thangigaagi".
It was a year of crises for the Kannada film industry, as the
number of flops led to a virtual production stoppage. The
problem was compounded by differences between
Kannada Film Producers' Association and the workers. That has
now been resolved, but industry watchers are waiting to see
whether crowds return to cinema halls in 2007.