The nominations for the 66th National Film Awards 2019 have been made. And for the first time, more than 40 Kannada films in different categories are in the reckoning. At least 10 more Kannada films have been included for the nomination in 2019 than last year.
Classic Kannada Movies In Competition
Reports indicate that the prominent Kannada movies in the competition include Manjunatha Somakeshava Reddy (Mansore)’s Nathicharami, P. Sheshadri’s Mookajjiya Kanasugalu, and T.S. Nagabharana’s Kannorayana. Apart from these three movies, there are many other films in the race for National Awards this year. These include:
- Champa Shetty’s Ammachi Yemba Nenapu
- Dayal Padmanabhan’s Aa Karala Rathri
- Eshwar’s Neeru
- Satyaprakash’s Ondalla Eradalla
- Vishal Raj’s Savithri Bai Phule
- M.S. Muttu Raj’s Vishwanmanava
- Shivarudraiah’s Ramana Savari
- Lokendra’s Attayya V/S Handikayolu
- Anantharayappa’s Samanateya Kadege
Popular Kannada Movies In Competition For National Awards 2019
Apart from classic movies, some of the popular Kannada entertainment films that are in the race include:
- Prashanth Neel’s KGF.
- Rishab Shetty’s Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale Kasaragodu, Koduge Ramanna Rai.
All the filmmakers who are in the competition are delighted that their films importantly so many Kannada movies are competing for the National Awards. According to P. Sheshadri, “An increase in the number of films competing for National Awards is proportional to the number of films released. In 2018, the number of films released crossed the 240 marks. Over 40 entering the competition is not a surprise for me.”
According to film industry sources, around 240 films released in Kannada while 370 films got censored on December 31, 2018. Mansore stated, “This is a welcome development. If it translates to awards, there is definitely good times ahead for Kannada cinema.” Last year, the Kannada movie Hebbet Ramakka won the Best Feature Film award, a Tulu Film Paddayi received the Best Feature Film Award for films in languages different from the Schedule VIII of the Constitution.