Kannada film industry first half 2024: High on content, low on box office

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By Sunayana Suresh

Jun 13, 2024

The big releases in the first half of 2024 included Karataka Damanaka, Yuva, Ranganayaka, Bachelor Party, The Judgement, O2, and Upadhyaksha.

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Upadhyaksha has fared reasonably well. It was the launch of Chikkanna from a mainstream comic actor to a hero and also was a spin-off from the Adhyaksha (2014) franchise.

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The rest of the big releases were all either average or below-average grossers. Karataka Damanaka and Ranganayaka failed to meet the expectations both critically and commercially.

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Yuva, which saw the makers position the lead actor Yuva as the heir apparent to the late Puneeth Rajkumar, had mixed reviews unlike the blockbuster it was expected to be.

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Crazy Star V Ravichandran’s return with The Judgement had an average run. PRK Productions had the release of O2 led by Ashika Ranganath that managed a decent run at the box office.

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On the contrary, the Kannada film industry saw many smaller films garner critical acclaim and sometimes even decent box office run.

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Among those that managed to gather some momentum at the box office were Blink, Shakhahaari, and Moorane Krishnappa. These films saw some talented character artistes.

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There seems to be a lull at the box office for Kannada films thus far in 2024 however the second half has more hope as there are many starry films lined up.

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