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.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


It was 1972. Rajkumar was still in his prime in Kannada film industry. Puttanna Kanagal, the genius film maker cast a relatively unknown Sampath Kumar in what would become a milestone film in Kannada. The movie was the superb "Nagara Haavu". Puttanna not only made Sampath Kumar an overnight star, but also gave him the screen name with which he is well known. Vishnuvardhan!

ಸಿಂಹದ ಗತ್ತು 
ರಾಮಾಚಾರಿ ಸ್ವತ್ತು 
ಕರುನಾಡ ಸಂಪತ್ತು 

Seventies was looking for a fresh face, someone young and brash, yet affable. Vishnu fitted that description perfectly. He formed a memorable pair with Dwarakish and acted in masala films like KaLLa KuLLa, KiTTu PuTTu, Singapooradalli Raja Kulla. His pairing with the adorable Suhasini, in movies like Bandhana, Muththina Haara is screen magic. Though he lost the later years in his career to image and fan expectations, my favorite collaboration of his came with Dinesh Babu - who made simple yet beautiful films like Suprabhata, Laali, Nishabdha.

(A famous scene from Bandhana, where a nervous Dr.Harish practises how to tell Dr.Nandini that he loves her. His monologue is witnessed by the hospital staff, resulting in a hilarious situation in an otherwise tragic tale of, what some auto driver had once termed 'love disappointu story')

(A still from Veerappanayaka, it seems)

 (A still from one of, what I call as, 'meese' series movies - perhaps 'Diggajaru'. Meese series movies include Diggajaru, Yajamaana, Simhadriya Simha etc. They are the adaptations of over-the-top rural Tamil melodramas. The idiocy of movie was directly proportional to the length and breadth of the moustache)

(A still from Mathad Mathad Mallige)

For me, one strong memory of Vishnu (perhaps an uncommon one) was the amazing voice over for the light and sound programme "Karnataka Vaibhava" during Dasara few years back.

Wish you happy bud'day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

'Challenged' star

Taking out the 'laang'.
Ready to pick a fight.
Ruffled hair.
Cowboy hat.

Here are the many avatars of Darshan. Irrespective of his alleged affair with his co-star Nikita that led to him beating his wife and getting arrested, there is no denying that he is the most popular contemporary Kannada hero among auto drivers. He is being ridiculed as the 'Challenged Star' after the latest fiasco. Kannada film producers' association showed its idiocy by imposing a 3 year ban on Nikita. This incident brought into light the male dominated, chauvinistic attitude of Kannada filmdom - how they treat women in their movies is exactly the same how behave outside.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Shankar - Guru

The most popular Kannada lyricist (Chi Uday Shankar) and the most popular Kannada actor (Dr. Rajkumar) in a rare photograph here.

Even with so much shared information on the Internet, it is sad that there is very little information available about old Kannada movies, directors, lyricists, musicians, character artists, general trivia etc. That is the reason why Udayashankar remains a text here, instead of a hyperlink.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Anna Hazare & Jan Lokpal Bill

Anna Hazare.

Corruption Saaku.
Jan Lokpal Beku.
(Loved the use of rupee symbol for 'R'!)

  • The great Indian urban middle class, naively believes that Jan Lokpal Bill is the panacea to all corruption in the country. Its one problem, one bill, one solution.
  • The media picturizes a few lakh supporters as "a billion Indians have stood up". Some smart journalist has coined "August Kranti" and "second Indian Independence" without having any perspective.
  • Facebook is being spammed with Anna Hazare trivia and how Singapore eradicated corruption in a similar way.
  • People who hardly read a bill previously, have become experts at interpreting bills overnight.
  • Anna Hazare, however good his intentions are, is on the verge of being turned into a messiah.

If you tell the Facebook Anna supporters why you are not optimistic, you get the "are you with us, or are you with the enemy" kind of response. A country that, over centuries, prided itself regarding the co-existence of alternate schools of thought, is suddenly losing that important thing in a frenzy of pseudo revolution.

Irrespective of my rant, you cannot deny the fact that this is definitely the flavor of the season.

Thursday, September 1, 2011