Remembering Girish Karnad the director, the actor

Posted on June 17, 2019

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From ‘Kaadu’ and ‘Ondanondu Kaladalli’ to ‘Nishant’ and ‘Swami’, one of India’s greatest playwrights made a huge contribution to Indian cinema.

If Girish Karnad’s passing weren’t sad enough, the headlines about the “Tiger Zinda Hai actor passing away” were sadder. I suppose the logic was that few people, today, would have clicked a link that said: “Ondanondu Kaladalli director passes away”. We are a society where RD Burman is the furthest back RJs will go on a “retro classics” show. (And that too, only the composer’s post-1970s work.) So maybe it’s worth pointing out that Ondanondu Kaladalli (1978), which won the National Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada, is one of the finest Kurosawa homages made anywhere in the world. If we call Sholay a “curry Western”, this film would be a “curry Chanbara”. (The latter term refers to the samurai cinema that existed long before Akira Kurosawa brought the genre to worldwide attention with Seven Samurai.) These films aren’t just about action. They’re also about the drama being played out in a (usually lawless) period setting.

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