Kannada film industry left with a hole that will be difficult to fill

Puneeth Rajkumar had a cross-sectional enchantment and a capability to usher in household audiences

The dying of Puneeth Rajkumar, thought of one of the crucial bankable stars of Kannada cinema, is a massive hit to an industry already floundering from the influence of the pandemic.

“Over The Top platforms have accentuated the difficulty of drawing audiences to theatres for Kannada cinema. Among the present crop of heroes, Puneeth had an appeal across centres, age groups and regions. While there was immense craze about him among the youth, family audiences and even senior citizens came to theatres for his films. His death has left a big vacuum in this space,” stated Ok.V. Chandrashekhar, president of Karnataka Film Exhibitors’ Association.

In some methods, Puneeth crammed the vacuum after the dying of Vishnuvardhan, who had a comparable cross-sectional enchantment and a capability to carry household audiences to cinemas, a senior producer stated. “I don’t see anyone who can fill this vacuum just now,” he stated, including that this additionally meant a additional hit on the enterprise prospects and the baseline of the industry. Puneeth was additionally on the cusp of difficult and reinventing himself as an actor, collaborating with impartial film-maker Pawan Kumar of Lucia fame, he identified.

Since 2019, as a producer, Puneeth had produced eight movies — three underneath manufacturing, together with a documentary on marine life off the Karnataka coast, and all new-wave indie movies offering a platform for brand spanking new abilities comparable to Danish Sait and Hemanth Rao. Several different initiatives have been within the dialogue stage.

An awesome hope

His manufacturing home PRK Productions had emerged as a hope for a lot of indie film-makers, as he was approachable. He additionally introduced professionalism to each manufacturing and enterprise facets to the desk, say industry insiders. With his dying, the way forward for the manufacturing home is unsure. “The production house had slowly emerged as the best platform to produce indie films since it not only meant funds, but also professionalism, assured business, and marketing, all of which are uphill tasks,” stated film-maker Sandeep Kumar.

Mr. Pawan Kumar stated, “Puneeth had a larger vision to take Kannada cinema to the global stage with international standards. Sadly, that dream is now cut short.”

Mr. Chandrashekhar stated that the lack of promise he had proven was arduous to digest. “Like the industry mourns Shankar Nag even today, speculating how he would have led it to newer heights if he had lived longer, it will lament Puneeth’s passing,” he stated.

Ok.V. Aditya Bharadwaj , 2021-11-01 13:05:38

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