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Golden era of Tulu film industry

  • Written by Sushmith
  • Published in People
With three multiplexes and four single theatres screening Tulu movies simultaneously we can proudly say that the golden era of Tulu film industry has begun.

From Enna Tangadi in 1971 to recently released Dhand, the Tulu film industry has come a long way and the journey was not a piece of cake. Vetran actor director late K.N Tailor mastered the art of attracting audience into the theatres in 70’s. With greatest hits like Daareda Budedi, Kaasdaye Kandani, Bisati Baabu, Tailor left his impression on Tulu film industry forever. A

Koti Chennaya and Bangar Patler are some of the other movies which enriched the quality of Tulu cinema. After Bangar Patler Tulu movie industry had to go through rough weathers as the market for Tulu movie suddenly collapsed.

In 2011 H.S Rajshekar directorial ‘Oriyardori Asal’ hit the silver screens with a bang. As the film was based on a drama of the same title directed by Vijaya Kumar Kodialbail which was a huge hit, the movie attracted huge crowd.

Thereafter the series of Tulu movies started with Telikeda Bolli,  Pakkilu Mooji, Barke, Rickasha Driver and many other movies hitting the screen back to back. But the audience was not delighted. Apart from Oryardori Asal and Telikeda Bolli none of the movies created an impression in the audience.

But the release of Chaalipolilu in October 2014 washed away all the earlier records and created history in Tulu film industry. Directed by debutant Veerendra Shetty Kavoor Chaali Polilu was an instant hit. The film proved to be a milestone in tulu movie industry. The film inspired many movie freaks invest their money in film making. Chaali polilu was made with a budget of Rs. 46 lakhs and garnered Rs. 2 crore at the box office.

After Chaali polilu many films came and went. The producers who thought of minting money with ready formula lost their bucks in the process. Films like Rang, Nirel, Madime created hype in the beginning failed to turn it into a box office success.

But, the search for success is still on. At present four single theatres are screening four Tulu movies. Chaali polilu is still entertaining the people in Prabhat theatre and PVR. Ekka Saka which is also a comedy drama has managed to pull the crowd and is being screened in Jyothi, PVR and Big Cinemas. Oriyan Toonda Oriyagapuji an action oriented movie is also doing well in Central theatre and Big cinemas and PVR. The latest offering is ‘Dhand’ at Suchitra, Big Cinemas, Cine polis and PVR.

Dhand has opened to a packed house on Friday May 29 with a star studded release function.  The film has garnered positive comments from the movie lovers and hopefully this one will also make its producers happy.

It’s not over for Tulu movie lovers with a number of film lined up release film freaks will definitely rejoice the festival of Tulu movies.