Puneeth Rajkumar was welcomed on the big screen, for one last time, with never-before-seen celebrations in Karnataka on Friday. Gandhada Gudi undertaken by the actor and Amoghavarsha (director) is a wonderful documentation of Karnataka’s forests, wildlife, and life-giving rivers.
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‘Gandhada Gudi’ is Puneeth Rajkumar’s final film and was officially released on around 250 screens across the state.
The film, directed by National Award-winning filmmaker and wildlife photographer Amoghavarsha, is a docudrama on Karnataka’s rich biodiversity. It stars Amogh and Puneeth and they both take the audience on a journey through thick forests and rivers to explore Karnataka.
Gandhada Gudi is not just a film, but an experience. Puneeth has shown all the beautiful experiences he had while shooting this documentary. He, along with the director Amoghavarsha, has introduced Karnataka’s forests in a remarkable way. The duo travel through the state, visit the late Dr. Rajkumar’s birthplace in Gajnur, many of Appu’s favorite destinations, and even explore sea life.
Puneeth has narrated throughout the film – the land, its culture, and traditions, its social issues, and even its forests, all through his real-life experience. Be it sharing his first camping experience in the forest, sharing a meal with the shepherds, or playing with the school kids by the Kali River, every frame narrates a story and Appu casts his magic over the audience just by being himself. Gandhada Gudi is a clear example that few films cannot be explained but felt.
Meanwhile, the 98-minute film, superbly shot and edited by Prateek Shetty, comes with an introduction by Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar that moved most of the audience to tears. The film is Puneeth’s final performance, the last bit of himself he had to give his fans who were as dear to him as life. And, that’s exactly how one should consider Gandhada Gudi.