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Bipolar IdentityRegion, Nation and the Kannada Language Film$
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M.K. Raghavendra

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198071587

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198071587.001.0001

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The Distance from Delhi

The Distance from Delhi


(p.40) 2. The Distance from Delhi
Bipolar Identity

M.K. Raghavendra

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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

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