Thursday, December 29, 2011

God vs Others

If God Be For Us
Who Can Be Against Us?

And I love the way the 'thumbs up' forms an almost mirror image of Karnataka map!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011


The yesteryear actress Manjula, graces the back of this auto, along with Kannada's most loved comedian Narasimharaju. Manjula acted in over 100 films, her most prolific pairing was with Srinath.Her other notable collaborations were with Vishnuvardhan, Rajkumar and ShankarNag. Her popular films include Sampattige Saval (the movie that established Rajkumar as a singer - which had G K Venkatesh's peppy "Yaare Koogadali"), Mayura, Daari Thappida Maga, Srinivasa Kalyana, Eradu Kanasu, Seetharamu, Sose Thanda Sowbhagya, Besuge, Singapoorinalli Raja Kulla, Kittu Puttu, Preethi Maadu Thamashe Nodu. Sadly, but not surprisingly, the Internet has very little information about this actress.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Jesus Love

There is never a dearth of Jesus love on autos. Here is the collection on Christmas, what cricket lovers call Boxing Day eve ;)

Friday, December 23, 2011

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Choti Biwi

Choti Biwi.
This slogan owes its existence entirely to polygamy.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Friday, December 9, 2011


My favorite Rajkumar film is his too. Babruvahana. Read more about it here.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Your Fire-u

ನಾ ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಹೃದಯಕ್ಕೆ
ನೀ ಇಟ್ಟ ಬೆಂಕಿ

My My Heart-u Heart-u Your Your Fire-u
Why This Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Di?

Monday, December 5, 2011

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Kuruba

This has no relation to the Kuruba community.

ನನ್ನ ಒಳ್ಳೆಯ ಕುರುಬ
This is just a direct translation of "My Good Shepherd"!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


ಇದು ಹೆತ್ತವರು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಭಿಕ್ಷೆ
ಎಂದು ನೀಡದಿರು ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ
(Translation: Don't give punishment just because this is a gift from parents)

What he probably meant was:

ಇದು ಹೆತ್ತವರು ಕೊಟ್ಟ ಭಿಕ್ಷೆ
ಎಂದೂ ನೀಡದಿರು ಶಿಕ್ಷೆ
(Translation: This is a gift from parents. So never give punishment)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dilip Kumar

"Tragedy King" Dilip Kumar is quite an apt poster, considering all Bangaloreans are privileged to get stuck in horrendous traffic jams.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Ambareesh's landmark film "Antha" had a popular line, which will definitely make it to the all time top 10 dialogues in Kannada films:
"Kutte Kanwar Nahin, Kanwarlal Bolo"

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Vishnu - Darshan

Vishnuvardhan and Darshan acted together in only one film - "Ee Bandhana", which was a remake of Hindi film "Baghban", which in turn was heavily inspired by old Kannada film "School Master". Coming back full circle and all that.

Monday, November 21, 2011

No reject

Never reject a girl
in ur life because
good girl give
happiness and
bad girl give

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rebel Star

Which mainstream Kannada film hero has acted in the maximum number of films? Its not Rajkumar (206) Its not Vishnuvardhan (200)

The correct answer is Mandya HuchcheGowda Amarnath, who is known by the popular name of Ambareesh. He has acted in 208 films.

(In a police inspector avatar from the late eighties or early nineties)

(In his 'Antha' days)

('Mandya Gowdru' from one of the village based movies)

(From Diggajaru)

Ambareesh is the grandson of the legendary violinist T Chowdaiah (the Chowdaiah Memorial Hall is named after him) He made him debut in "Nagarahaavu" along with his off screen friend Vishnuvardhan, in a small role of town hooligan Jaleela, who gets beaten by Ramachari for pestering his lady love.

This is perhaps the most popular cameo ever in Kannada film history.

This is just a 30 second scene. But look at how Puttanna masterfully crafts it. The scene starts off with the long shot of the heroine walking, sudden ominous music to the abrupt appearance of a cycle wheel, which occupies the full screen. Tense music as the cycle wheel keeps pace with the heroine walking faster and faster. The camera follows the fast walking heroine and the ruffian teasing her by singing "Mere Sapnon Ki Rani" in a distinct accent, followed by "Aye bulbul maathadakkilwa". Cut to a close-up shot of Ambareesh throwing a cigarette into his mouth disdainfully, telling himself how it is impossible for her to escape from him. This scene makes you keep waiting eagerly how this little interaction would unfold later in the film. Brilliant!

Ambareesh went on to act in many Puttanna Kanagal films like Paduvarahalli Pandavaru, Ranganayaki, Shubhamangala, Masanada Hoovu - incidentally all of them happen to be supporting actor roles. His career defining movie was "Antha", which started the trend of political movies - also earning him the title "Rebel Star" [Ambareesh was perhaps the first Kannada hero to have an English title. Rajkumar was Varanata, Rasikara Raja, Natasarvabhouma. Vishnuvardhan was Abhinava Bhargava, Sahasa Simha. Shrinath was Pranaya Raja]

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Shivakumara Swamiji

Shree Shivakumara Swamiji, the 104 year old head of Siddaganga Mutt is respected across religions, for the philanthropic works that he does. He is lovingly addressed by his devotees as "Nadedaaduva Devaru" (Walking God)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Arjun Sarja

Arjun Sarja, the son of veteran Kannada film villain Shakti Prasad, started his acting career in Kannada film industry with children adventure films like Simhada Mari Sainya, Putani Agent 1 2 3. He went on to establish himself in Tamil film industry as "Action Star", though he acted occassionally in Kannada and Telugu films as well.

Though unrelated to Arjun Sarja, there is a very interesting line below the registration number:
ನಾನ್ ಸರಿ ಇಲ್ಲ ಗುದಿಯಬೇಡ. ಸಾರ್ ನೀವು ಸಡನ್ ಬ್ರೇಕ್ ಹಾಕಿದ್ರಿ, ನನ್ ಗಾಡಿ ಬ್ರೇಕ್ ಹಿಡೀಲಿಲ್ಲ ಅಂತ ಹೇಳಬೇಡ ಬೇವರ್ಸಿ 

Friday, November 11, 2011

Killer Gals

ಪ್ರೀತಿಗೆ ಸಾವಿಲ್ಲಾ?
ಸಾಯಿಸ್ತಾರೆ ಹುಡ್ಗೀರೆಲ್ಲಾ

Friday, November 4, 2011

Dad & Mom

In Service of Dad & Mom

But not at the same time. Coz triple ride on a bike not allowed!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Keep Distance

ಮುಟ್ಟಿದರೆ ತಟ್ಟಿಬಿಡುತ್ತೇನೆ

Now you realized why I am maintaing so much distance?

Monday, October 31, 2011


If you were born in the seventies or eighties, I bet you would have enjoyed this song immensely every time it was shown on TV:

The movie was "Premaloka". It had a non-existent (wafer thin at max) storyline, with terrific songs. It had outrageous sets and even outrageous dialogues, which the conservative Kannada films was not accustomed to. It was the first Kannada movie to have a budget of over a crore rupees. It captured the public's imagination and went on to become a huge blockbuster. Apart from introducing mini skirts and the adorable Juhi Chawla to Kannada films, this was Kannada's first (and perhaps only) musical.

Ravichandran as an actor was always below par. This is true even today. But there is one thing you cant take away from him. For showing that you can make profitable Kannada films with bigger budget also. He is hailed in the film industry for his technical proficiency and lavish sets for picturizing songs. Like many Kannada heroes, he also holds some ridiculous titles like "Crazy Star" (not sure about the reason for this title), "Kanasugara" and "Rasika". His most important contribution is his collaboration with Hamsalekha, which churned out lovely numbers with amazing regularity. Apart from catchy songs, they brought about a very casual, conversational style to the lyrics, whose effect can be seen even today. All you wow-wowing Yograj Bhat and his ilk should know where it originally started.

Sunday, October 30, 2011


A ನೀವಾಗ?

A variant of Eniga, that I remember, featured in a Kannada song also called "Enivaaga Enivaaga".

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Customer Is King

ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ಅನ್ನದಾತರು  

ಪ್ರಯಾಣಿಕರೆ ನನ್ನ ದೇವರು 

Sunday, October 23, 2011


The eldest son of Rajkumar, Putta Swamy entered the Kannada films in the eighties by taking the screen name Shivarajkumar. The people who were born in the seventies-eighties would remember the song Tuvvi Tuvvi from Anand.

Shivarajkumar owns two ridiculous titles, that would have been more appropriate for a cricketer. "Hat trick hero" since his first three movies turned into silver jubilees. "Century Hero" since he completed acting in 100 films recently.

His first three movies were "Anand", "Rathasapthami", "Mana Mechchida Hudugi". He acted in cult hits like "Om" (regarded the best underworld movie in Kannada) and "Jogi".

Saturday, October 15, 2011

200th post

One of the amazingly funny slogans, makes it to the 200th post:

Ah, the Bangalore weather, makes you say slogans like that!

Sunday, October 9, 2011


The Kannada translation of this is found here:
ನನ್ನ ಸನ್ನಿಧಾನವು ನಿನ್ನ ಸಂಗಡ ಹೋಗುವುದು 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Andaz Apna Apna

Real life friends Salman Khan and Aamir Khan played memorable 'taplu-paplu' called Amar-Prem in that hilarious movie called Andaz Apna Apna. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


ಇನ್ನೊಬ್ಬರು ನಿನಗೆ  ಒಳ್ಳೆಯದನ್ನು ಮಾಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾಯಬೇಡ 
ನೀ ಮಾಡಿ ತೋರಿಸು  

Sunday, October 2, 2011


Remember 'Aashiqui'? This musical hit of the ninetees features two of the slimmest lead actors ever in the Hindi film industry. The poster showed a couple doing something behind a coat what their parents did behind flowers and bushes.

After 20 odd years, it makes a reappearance on the backside of an auto.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Address Please

ಓ ನನ್ನ ನಲ್ಲೆ 
ನಿನ್ನ ಮನೆ ಎಲ್ಲೆ?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Same same but different

ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಮುತ್ತು ಇಡೀ ಇಂಡಿಯಾಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು 
ಅದೇ ಹೆಚ್.ಡಿ.ಕುಮಾರಸ್ವಾಮಿಯವರ ನಿಯತ್ತು.

ಮಂಡ್ಯದ ಮುತ್ತು ಇಡೀ ಇಂಡಿಯಾಗೆ ಗೊತ್ತು
ಅಂಬರೀಷಣ್ಣನ ನಿಯತ್ತು 

Friday, September 23, 2011

S Corner

What is the one common thing in all these photos?

An auto driver generally has many things to say - a celebration of pain over lost love, expressing gratitude to parents, a "jai" to his favorite God or a popular verse from his religion, a smart line, a photo of his most favorite actor, a die hard allegiance to a certain politician. The main area is dedicated to that. The center portion at the bottom is where the "dagger" or "knife" lies. But the bottom left corner belongs to one man - Shankar Nag.