Kannada films have caught the attention of people across its home market time and again. ‘Mayura’, ‘Babruvahana’, ‘Bangarada Manushya’, ‘Premaloka’, ‘America America’, ‘Upendra’, ‘Shhh!..’, ‘Accident’, ‘Sangliyana’, ‘Bhandana’, ‘Geetha’, ‘Nagarahavu’, ‘Ranganayaki’, ‘Om’, ‘A’, ‘Mungaru Male’, ‘Milana’, ‘Lucia’, ‘Rama Rama Re’ and ‘Ulidavaru Kandante’, ‘Sarkari Hiriya Prathamika Shale’ are among the many mainstream films that have received pan India appreciation.
The latest addition to this category of films is KGF. The just released multilingual film stars Yash, the heartthrob of the Kannada film industry. While his screen presence has caught the fancy of the nation, the visuals are setting a new standard in the world of Indian cinema. Content indeed continues to remain the king, however, making and presentation are also getting their due these days in Kannada films. And for this very reason, ‘Birbal’, a legal crime thriller series seems to be making its way slowly but steadily into the most expected list of 2019 releases.
Directed by M G Srinivas, the film’s cast includes a bunch of newbies and veterans alike. Apart from the intrigue that the trailer has generated, it is the technical aspects that are being discussed by moviegoers. Debutant Bharath Parashuram is the cinematographer. The haunting BGM is by Sourabh-Vaibhav of Hindi blockbuster ‘Sonu Ke Tweety ki Sweety’ fame. Kalacharan has composed a song as well. Srikanth Shroff is the editor and VFX is by Yash Gowda, who has worked on Hollywood films like ‘ Transformers,’, Hercules’ ‘ Noah’ and TV series such as ‘Once Upon A time and ‘Beyond’. Walter Cavatoi, the colourist of this film, is also from Hollywood.
The trailer of the first installment titled, ‘FindingVajramuni’ was recently launched. The film is scheduled for a January release.
‘Birbal’ traces the journey of advocate Mahesh Das, who is out to save a boy wrongly accused of murder. “Birbal was known for his intelligence and presence of mind. Our main protagonist is no different, hence the movie is titled after him”, explains Srinivas. In fact, Mahesh Das was Birbal’s real name and the lawyer in this film is also called so. He will be the link between all the three parts. “This is a character based film. The character sketch and its portrayal will be more on the lines of Sherlock Holmes,” he concludes.