‘Indian Real Star’ Upendra’s Kabzaa has been the talk of the town since the release of the movie’s trailer. The movie marks the return of one of the legendary actors and filmmakers to the big screen. The movie has opened to positive reviews from the audiences and people cannot stop gushing about the performance of their favourite star’s performance.
Here are a few little-known facts about the ‘Real Indian Star’ Upendra!
Upendra was introduced to the audience as an able director. However, it did not take long for him to mould into different roles as and when the requirements arose. He is known today not just for his direction skills but also as an actor, writer, singer, and also politician. Besides movies, Upendra has worked in several plays and he penned his first song for the movie ‘Anantana Avantara’, named ‘Come on Come on Kamanna’.
After cementing his position as an actor and a director, Upendra entered the world of politics. In 2019, he started his political party and also contested in the Lok Sabha elections. He started a party known as Uttama Prajaakeeya Party.
Upendra enjoys a strong international following. The Kannada diaspora spread across the world constitutes a strong fan base for the actor. The movie which opened the doors for him internationally was named ‘Upendra’. When a Japanese national watched the movie in Bengaluru, he suggested the release of it in Japan. The movie was eventually released at the Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival in Japan in 2001.
His mega-successful OM
Kannada film OM is considered to be a cult film from the Kannada film industry. The movie is known for being one of the few films in India which saw multiple re-releases after the original release in India. The movie was helmed by Shivrajkumar, who played the role of a college student who turns into a gangster. The movie also featured real-life rowdies, which was a major attraction for the fans.
Upendra’s ‘A’ is iconic for multiple reasons. The movie marked the acting debut of the director, Upendra. His performance in the movie was so real that he was given the title of ‘real star’ post the movie.
Another reason why the movie is considered to be one of the most important movies in India is that this was one of the earliest Kannada movies to have experimented with the reverse screenplay. Upendra was credited for creating a new wave in the history of Kannada cinema.
Super – A movie without a title
Upendra marked his return as a director after several years in 2010. The movie followed the life of an NRI who returned to India and wanted to change society for good. At the time of its release, the movie did not have any title. The movie was just released with a symbol, without any title.
This unique way of marketing attracted the audiences and after the release of the movie the viewers classified the title of the movie and its image as ‘Super’.