KARNATAKA

Master Kishan’s ‘C/O Foot Path’ wins Golden Lotus Award

K.N. Venkatasubba Rao

‘Kallarali Hoovagi’ is best film on national integration

Bangalore: The first child artiste-director of the country, Kishan, has brought national honours to the Kannada cinema industry. His film “C/O Foot Path” has bagged the prestigious Golden Lotus award at the 54th National Film Awards.

That’s not all. T.S. Nagabhrana’s “Kallarali Hoovagi” and B.S. Lingadevaru’s “Kada Beladingalu” have won in the best film on national integration and the best regional film category, respectively.

With the Union Government’s decision to enhance the cash prize of the award-winning films, “C/O Foot Path” and “Kallarali Hoovagi will get Rs. 3 lakh each and “Kada Beladingalu” will get Rs. 2 lakh, in addition to a citation and memento. However, the cash prize will be shared by the respective producers and directors of the award-winning films.

Although 11 Kannada films had entered the competition many could not scale beyond the preliminary screenings.

The films in the fray were Baragur Ramachandrappa’s “Janapada”, Yogaraj Bhat’s blockbuster “Mungaaru Male”, Soori’s “Duniya”, A.M.R. Ramesh’s “Cyanide”, K.S.L. Swamee’s “Savira Mettilu”, Rajashekhar’s “Ondu Preethiya Kathe”, B.R. Keshav’s “Chaitra” and C. Lakshman’s “Masanada Makkalu”.

In the category of films produced in the languages that are not included in the Eighth Schedule, P. Anand Raju’s Tulu film “Koti Chennayya” bagged an award and Rajendra Talak’s Konkani film “Antarnad” pocketed four awards.

Little master

Master Kishan’s “C/O Foot Path” deals with the theme of literacy and the problems in the Indian education system particularly from the social, political and human viewpoints. It has an education-starved rag-picker as its central character. Kishan, then studying in fifth standard at Camlin English School in Vijayanagar, Bangalore, made headlines across the country by venturing into film direction.

Record books

He even drew the attention of the Guinness Book of World Records and earned the distinction of being the world’s youngest film-maker.

The film was produced by his father Srikanth H. Rayalu, an officer with the Department of Commercial Taxes in Bangalore. The music was scored by his mother Srishaila Srikanth. Kishan has acted in 23 Kannada films and three television serials.

Theme

“Kallarali Hoovagi”, based on B.L. Venu’s novel is set in the backdrop of the 17th century legendry Madakarinayaka’s Chitradurga fiefdom. It deals with the plight of a young Hindu warrior and a wounded Muslim girl caught in the web of base court politics.

The film is produced by Madhu Bangarappa and Anand Singh.

Screened at various international cinema venues, “Kada Beladingalu” is based on the film scribe Girish Rao, who writes under the pseudonym “Jogi” .

The film deals with the problems of senior citizens and the consequences of migration from a native environment. The film is produced by the Bengalooru Company.