No script for success

Poor Quality: Of the 110 movies released in Sandalwood last year, only eight films did well

No script for success

Hit:  Films like Naanu Nanna Kanasu and Krishnan Love Story have given hopes.

This year, the situation is not different and till date only Aptha Rakshaka and Raam have ben successful. The audience blames the poor quality of the films for their failure while some film-makers accuse the audience for not watching Kannada films in theatres. This mud-slinging continues as both parties have failed to arrive at a solution.

Meanwhile, Naanu Nanna Kanasu and Krishnan Love Story brought a ray of hope for the industry. NNK, the non-glamourous film, devoid of commercial elements, was well received by the audience. At the same time, Shashank’s Krishnan Love Story is running successfully and has proved to be a big hit.

Film buffs feel that the industry has important lessons to learn from these films. “Pouring in money for grand sets, action scenes and foreign locales don’t work all the time. More than the budget, script and apt screenplay yield good results. Our film-makers forsake the habit of preparing scripts for actors. It will diminish the quality of films by glorifying the protagonist’s traits,” says Prasanna, a techie.

Both NNK and Krishnan... were script-oriented films and none of the characters exhibited special attributes or ‘supernatural powers’. The storyline of these movies is so natural that one doesn’t find them out of the world. “A large number of businessmen and real-estate tycoons, who moved in to the industry, put in inexperienced people as directors. Films were made from scripts that have been rejected by regular producers and directors. These films not only failed at the box office but affected the fate of other films as well. As the numbers increased, Kannada films fought with each other for theatres,” says Girish.

“Most of the films have nothing that you can relate yourself to. Films should reflect life. Moreover, despite blaming the audience for not supporting Kannada films, our producers should stop importing actresses and singers from Mumbai. While other language films are minting money, Kannada films are failing because of the disparity and non-unity among film-makers,” he adds. 

Producer Rockline Venkatesh does not want to blame the audience in this regard. “We cannot deter anyone from making films. But along with the numbers, the quality should also grow, otherwise we cannot survive for long in the market. There is no alternative for a good script. And even a good script can make a bad cinema if the director is bad. We are short of good writers in Kannada. Today, we are passing through a very unusual time, nobody can judge the taste of the audience. So, producers should be careful and avoid unnecessary expenditure. Above all, we should stand united for the sake of
industry,” he says.  

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