2013 witnessed a number of changes in Sandalwood's way of film making. Many directors have bought in new genre of movies like Lucia, 6-5=2 and Simple Agi Ondh Love story. With Lucia Facebook users became the producers of the movie. So Sandalwood has definitely been going through a massive change.
Along with this new trend of film making and some super successful movies, Kannada film industry has also gone through some lull time with some not so very good movies. While some A-list actors shined through the year, others did not have a single release on the big screen. So let’s see what all the A-listers where up to in the year 2013!
The actor who made major headlines this year is Kiccha Sudeep who became the most successful Kannada actor of 2013. He made it to the Forbes list of Top 100 celebrities in India and landed the position. He also had the year’s biggest hits with Varadanayaka and Bachchan, while Bachchan collected Rs 20 crore on a budget of Rs 10.5 crore, Varadanayaka scored Rs 13 crore.
Darshan who was listed at the 65th position in the Forbes list had a good year with his home Banner’s movie Bulbul being a hit. His other release Brindavana was not a huge success but the producers recovered their investment and made some non-neglectable profits too.
Prem’s Charminar was technically the first super hit Kannada movie of 2013 with the producers making a profit of more than 5 crores. But the success did not stay for long as his other releases Chandra and Shatru delivered a below average show.
While Puneeth Rajkumar did not have a single release, his elder brother Shivarajkumar’s latest release Bhajarangi is running successfully and having a good show in theatres.
While Lakshmi and Andhar Bahar had a poor show Kaddipudi garnered some good reviews for the actor’s acting Duniya Vijay went through a tough time in his personal life but on the career front RajniKantha and Jayamanna Maga did well at the Box Office. Actor Chetan is seen once in a blue moon, he usually has just one release in a year and he delivers a bang on performance with just one movie. He delivered a huge blockbuster with Mynaa.
Rocking star Yash has grabbed the maximum limelight this year, both his movies Googly and Raajahuli have been the most super hit movies of 2013.
Among the actresses Ramya had a no show as she was busy with her political career and Radhika Pandit delivered a good performance in Kaddipudi. Ragini Dwivedi may not have achieved success with her movies but she sure managed to get an entry into Bollywood with super hit movie R... Rajkumar. Priyamani found success with her movies in Sandalwood as well as got to shake a leg with King Khan Shah Rukh Khan in the super hit movie of the year across the entire country, Chennai Express.
Newcomers like Rakshith Shetty and Neenasam Satish have become the trend setters with their movies Simple Agi Ondh Love Story and Lucia respectively garnering huge reviews and grossing in some major mullah at the Box Office.