The Distance from Delhi

M.K. Raghavendra

in Bipolar Identity

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780198071587
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080793 | DOI:
The Distance from Delhi

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This chapter discusses Kannada cinema in the 1970s, covering both popular and art films. It explores the first Kannada art film —Samskara (1970), based on a 1965 novel by U. R. Ananthamurthy, about a Brahmin scholar driven into moral crisis and forced to question the tenets he has lived by. It describes how the years beginning with 1972 represent a new era for Mysore because of happenings at the national level influencing the local arena. It considers the roles played by Rajkumar in the 1970s, which always included a characteristic bit of moral rhetoric not usually found when other actors play the lead. It highlights three art films made in the 1970s — Girish Karnad’s Kaadu (1973), B.V. Karanth’s Chomana Dudi (1975), and Girish Kasaravalli’s Ghatashraddha (1977) — after Indira Gandhi’s Congress came to power in Karnataka under Devaraj Urs to illustrate how later Kannada art cinema differs from Samskara in its implications.

Keywords: Kannada cinema; Indian cinema; popular films; art films; Mysore; Rajkumar; Samskara; Kaadu; Chomana Dudi; Ghatashraddha

Chapter.  13111 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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