Sangolli Rayanna (film)
|Produced by||Anand Appugol|
Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna (Kannada: ಕ್ರಾ೦ತಿವೀರ ಸಂಗೊಳ್ಳಿ ರಾಯಣ್ಣ; English: Legendary Warrior Sangolli Rayanna) is a 2012 Indian historical biographical film Kannada film directed by Naganna and produced by Anand Appugol. Darshan, Jayaprada and Nikita Thukral play lead roles. The film is about Sangolli Rayanna, a prominent freedom fighter from Karnataka, who fought the British till he was captured and executed in 1831. He was the army chief of the Kingdom of Kittur ruled at the time by Kittur Rani Chennamma.
- Darshan Thoogudeep as Sangolli Rayanna
- Jayapradha as Kittur Rani Chennamma
- Nikita Thukral as Mallamma
- Divya Parameshwaran
- Shashikumar as Channabasava
- Srinivasa Murthy
- Umashree as Kenchamma
- Ramesh Bhat
- Anand Appugol
- Sadashiv Vinaysarathi
Initially, Arjun Sarja was selected for the lead role which is being portrayed by Darshan. and Priyamani was named previously for the female lead role, but later she refused the offer to do such historical character. Finally, Nikita Thukral was offered the lead role. For shooting purpose, a white horse was bought which cost nearly 1.7 million (US$27,000). Veteran actress Jayaprada portrayed the role of Kittur Chennamma. The same role was played by B. Saroja Devi in the 1962 film Kitturu Chennamma, which was a big hit during its time.
The filming went on the floors on 19 November at Kittur in Belgaum district. The team filmed in Jaipur (Rajasthan) with more than thousand artists including horses and elephants. The production team shot for 40 days in a desert village called Thula to capture the battle scene. Fake human body parts were designed by Rajasthan artists for the war scenes to make the war sequences look real.
Producer Anand Appugol explained the shooting experience to the press. "It cost more than 5 million (US$80,000) per day of shooting and cost around 20 million (US$320,000) only for war scenes. Jayaprada, who appears as Kittur Chennamma spent 30 days with team". She said, "I have acted in nearly 700 films. But I haven’t seen a rich film like this ever shot in the south". Producer Appugol said about his favorite star, "Darshan Thoogudeep was totally involved in the character of Sangolli Rayanna while filming the scenes".
The film will be a big boost to the Kannada film industry and Darshan Thoogudeep's career as it is made with a very high budget and a good team. Film posters were nominated for the Internet Poster Design Award.
In the war field 30 elephants, hundreds of horses, thousands of soldiers, 320 fighters from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Mumbai have taken part in some risky shots. Seven cameras including the latest photogenic 500, fitting small cameras to the horses and heli-cam were pressed into action. Shooting in Murugod cave was another rich experience. The cave to the road level was used for five days shoot for the film. The shooting of the movie also took place in Mysore for 25 days in natural locations. The shooting of the movie was stalled in between after the arrest of lead actor Darshan for domestic violence on his wife.
The overall critic ratings for the film were positive upon Sangolli Rayanna's release. Deccan Herald gave the film a rating of five out of five, Times of India gave a positive 4 out of 5 rating further stating "A historical masterpiece by director Naganna who has excellently highlighted Sangolli Rayanna's fight against the British. Watch it with your family and friends.", Rediff rated the movie 3.5 on 5 and commented that "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna directed by Naganna, which is also one of the costliest Kannada films ever made in the history for its grandeur and production values, has lived up to its expectation despite a few flaws". OneIndia rated 3.5 out of 5 and said "It is a brave attempt made by director Naganna and Anand Appugol, who shelled out a huge money on this project. Darshan's acting, good dialogues and richness remain the strength of the film. The movie showcases Sangolli Rayanna's patriotism and his love for Kannada. However, the length of the movie could be the draw back of the film"
|Soundtrack album by Yashovardhan|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Yashovardhan has composed the music to lyrics by Keshavaditya.
|1.||"Malla Malla"||Sonu Nigam, Anuradha Bhat|
|2.||"Veera Bhoomi"||S. P. Balasubramanyam|
|3.||"Chinnadanta Aramane"||K. J. Yesudas|
|4.||"Gandu Mettida"||Shankar Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan, Hemanth|
|5.||"Nannede Veene"||K. S. Chitra, Sonu Nigam, Prakash Sontakke|
|6.||"Janani Janmabhoomi"||Shankar Mahadevan, Rajesh Krishnan, Nanditha, Hemanth, Prakash Sontakke|
Awards & Accolades
|60th Filmfare Awards South||Best Film||Anand B. Appugola||Won|
|2nd South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Film||Anand B. Appugola||Nominated|
|Best Cinematographer||Ramesh Babu||Nominated|
|Best Fight Choreographer||Ravi Verma||Won|
|Best Debutant Producer||Ananda B. Appugola||Nominated|
- "'Sangolli Rayanna' gets Kicha's voice". bharatstudent.com. 7 September 2012.
- "Kannada actor Darshan revisits history". rediff.com. 15 April 2011.
- "Arjun Sarja to star in Sangolli Rayanna". oneindia. 5 June 2009.
- "'Sangolli Rayanna' starts on Nov. 19". indiaglitz.com. 10 November 2010.
- "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna review". The Times of India. 1 November 2012.
- "Review: Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna is a must-watch". rediff.com. 1 November 2012.
- "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Review". oneindia.com. 1 November 2012.