Bangalore: Kannada film industry has been facing a decline in the viewer base over the past decade. The quality of the movies are coming down and the interest of people in Kannada movies has declined immensely. Directors are to be blamed primarily for such dismal state of affair.
But over the past couple of years, new breed of directors have cropped up who have tried earnestly to bring up the quality of movie in the industry. The idea of these young directors is to move away from the traditional method of making a ‘masala’ flick to something more invigorating and substantial.
One director who could stand out among the failures this year is Rakshit Shetty. He made his debut as a director with Ulidavaru Kandanthe. The movie was not a very successful at the box office and got mixed response from the viewers. But one cannot ignore the quality of the screenplay and cinematography involved.
Another debutant director who managed to capture the attention of the audience and the industry was Prashanth Neel. His movie Ugramm starring Srimurali was a critical and a commercial success. The movie was a mass entertainer, but unlike other movies based on gangsters, this one had a fresh idea and approach.
It is however, very critical to note here that the most of the movies that gained commercial success were remakes. This raises a very important question as to why movies with original ideas are failing at the box office. Director Suni of Simple Aagi Ondu Love Story faced failure with his movie Bahuparak.
Failure of good directors could discourage the innovation and originality in the film industry. Hopefully, these good directors will make more such entertaining and high quality film in the coming years. Below is the list of a some of the best Kannada directors for the year 2014.