A (Kannada film)

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A
A 1998 Kannada film poster.jpg
Directed by Upendra
Produced by B. Jagannath
B. G. Manjunath
Written by Upendra
Screenplay by Upendra
Story by Upendra
Starring Upendra
Chandini
Music by Gurukiran
Cinematography H. C. Venu
Edited by T. Shashikumar
Production
company
Uppi Entertainers
Distributed by B V Ramakrishna
Release dates
  • February 12, 1998 (1998-02-12)
Running time
148 min
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 13 million (US$200,000)
Box office 200 million (US$3.1 million)

A is a 1998 Indian Kannada language blockbuster psychological love story film written and directed by Upendra.[1] It starred Upendra and Chandini as the lead couple.[2] It tells the love story between a film director and an actress which is narrated through multiple flashbacks within flashbacks and reverse screenplay. The film deals with dark truths of the film world like the casting couch. Due to the reverse screenplay, some audience members watched it multiple times to understand the story.

Upon release, A collected more than 20 crore at the box office.[3] The movie was dubbed into Telugu and released in Andhra Pradesh. The film was remade in Tamil as Adavadi.[4] It was Gurukiran's first film as a music director.[5] Upendra won the Udaya Film Award for Best Male Actor (1998) and Gurukiran won the Udaya Film Award for Best Music Director (1998).[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

A foreign woman Marina wants to distribute the unreleased controversial film A directed by Soorya. However the censor board permits only twenty random minutes to be screened and the climax is censored to such a extent that it no longer made any sense. She suggests its producers to re-shoot the film. However, Soorya is not in a position to participate in the film's shoot as he became a drunkard after actress Chandini, who debuted with his film, rejects his love. Soorya's family is unable to meet their ends after he stops directing films. Lost in her thoughts, he wanders near her house every night drunk, only to be expelled by her henchmen.

On one of such nights, Soorya is badly beaten up and is admitted in a hospital by Marina and team. There, Soorya's once assistant directors explain Soorya's past to Marina. Soorya was a successful director who has no feelings, especially on a woman's love. After his current female lead fails to act properly, he casts Chandini after a chain of events. Initially, Soorya rejects Chandini's love, but after frequent run-ins, and days of pursuit, Soorya falls in love with her madly. He later meets a rich and busy Chandini, who lives in a big bungalow and is the mistress of a wealthy married businessman. She defends herself saying that Soorya's views on materialistic world influenced her to give priority to money over everything after her father's death. He tries to explain her that she is wrong, but is expelled.

Since then, Soorya gave up everything and became an alcoholic, wandering near her house everyday with a hope that she would accept him. He escapes from the hospital and is confronted by Marina, to whom Soorya explains about his love for Chandini. He then saves an novice actress named Archana from a group of henchmen who are revealed to be Chandini's. Archana reveals that Chandini is used as a bait by the politicians to trap Soorya and stop his A from release and Chandini in turn exploited the weakness of those politicians by way of casting couch. She proves this to Soorya who along with his father and Archana are arrested on charges of prostitution. Those police were bribed by Chandini who abducts Archana while Soorya and his father are arrested.

Soorya and his father are released on bail by Marina and the plight of his family makes Soorya swear revenge. He restarts the shoot of A and meanwhile turns a superstar due to the success of the films starring him. The climax shoot is pending and Soorya wants to shoot it real, which actually is the murder of Chandini in a burning house. the camera rolls and Soorya kidnaps Chandini from her house where she kills the businessman. He brings her to the location and sets it on fire after rolling the camera. She knocks him out who falls unconscious after hitting a rock. Archana, Marina and the producers come to the spot to save hm.

Archana shows him the footage of the shot film after revealing that Chandini actually is a good woman who wanted to bring Soorya back to normal by acting as a ruthless criminal who is destroying the lives of many actresses like Archana. The footage shows a naked Chandini dying and revealing the truth. She says that the businessman was a friend of few corrupt politicians who wanted to have sex with her. They kill her father and rape her. This process is captured in a camera and the businessman blackmails Chandini showing them. As per their directions, she had to cheat Soorya. But with the help of Archana, she brings him back to normal and gives A a perfect ending. Soorya tries to save her by entering the house but she dies asking him to live long and makes films that make his people proud.

Cast[edit]

  • Upendra
  • Chandini
  • Archana
  • Marina
  • Kote Prabhakar
  • Shankar Bhat
  • Vijayasarathi
  • Suchitra

Box office response[edit]

A was made at 1.25 crore and collected more than 20 crore at the box office.[6] The film ran for 25 weeks in Karnataka and its Telugu version ran for 100 days in Andhra Pradesh.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

It was described by a reviewer as "loud and disjointed, like the ramblings of a delirious mind, but made a lot of sense".[8] Its design received some praise.[9] It provoked some controversy over anti-women remarks[8] and may contain some autobiographical elements.[10]

Soundtrack[edit]

A
A (Kannada film) audio cover.jpg
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Gurukiran
Released 3 February 1998
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 24:01
Label Lahiri Music

Gurukiran composed the music for the film and the soundtracks. The album has five soundtracks.[11]

Tracklist
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Sum Sumne"   Upendra Rajesh Krishnan 4:54
2. "Chandini"   Murali Mohan L. N. Shastry, Prathima Rao 5:03
3. "Helkollakonduru"   G. P. Rajarathnam L. N. Shastry 5:08
4. "Idhu One Day Match"   Murali Mohan L. N. Shastry 6:34
5. "Maari Kannu"   Upendra S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:22
Total length:
24:01

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