Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Punishment


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

Kanwarlal


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
experience...

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?