Kannada film legend V. Ravichandran while applauding the success of Prashanth Neel’s KGF Chapter 2, claimed that the Pan India concept was initially accomplished by him.
The success of KGF
In the last couple of years, several films from south Indian languages have emerged as huge box office successes across the country, a position that earlier mostly Bollywood dominated. Recently, Yash starrer KGF Chapter 2 which has impressed fans, has recorded exceptional growth in its business at the box office. In the third week of its premiere, the action-thriller broke several records in the post-pandemic era by entering the Rs 1000 crore club at the worldwide box office.
Impressed with KGF’s successful run, Kannada actor V. Ravichandran while applauding the success of Prashanth Neel’s KGF, claimed that the Pan India concept was initially accomplished by him. Ravichandran described this achievement as a victory for the Kannada film industry.
“I always use to say that we (Kannada Cinema) are not less than anyone. Today the KGF movie has proved the point by breaking all the box office records. We are proud of the cinema. And we are proud of the moment”
Ravichandran’s 90s dream
Speaking about the Pan-India success of Kannada cinema, the 90s hero claimed that it was he who laid the foundation.
“When we talk about the success of KGF, one has to remember who initiated this Pan-India dream. It was I who laid a foundation earlier in the 90s. But the victory is witnessed today.”
The legendary actor further stated that KGF should be a new benchmark of Kannada cinema. And the upcoming movies should look to break its record.
“Every forthcoming movie should figure out how to break KGF’s record. That should be the No.1 priority.
The first Pan India film
The first-ever Pan India movie was made in 1991 in Kannada. Shanthi Kranthi is an action movie, directed by Ravichandran. Recently, Actor-director S Narayanasamy also spoke about the same and said that pan India cinema had come into the Kannada film industry decades ago.
“Shanti Kranti was India’s first pan India film and no one can still make a movie like that. I worked in the movie as an assistant director. Nowadays movies are shot in one language and later dubbed into other languages. But Ravichandran in those days decided to shoot the movie in four languages simultaneously,” he revealed.