The Kannada Film Industry is constantly breaking the box office records with their amazing performances and growing craze among the audience. Kannada film industry also known as Sandalwood has a history of more than 85 years.2022 has been a roller coaster ride for the Indian cine industry as a whole as well. Precisely, the Kannada Film Industry (KFI) is roaring like never before drawing the attention of the global audience.
The journey began with KGF Chapter 1 in 2018 and its roar is still continuing, throwing a challenge to several other filmmakers. K.G.F. Chapter 1, the 2018 Kannada period action film directed by Prashanth Neel starring Yash, became the highest grossing Kannada film and turned out to be a cult hit. The film gave rise to a second installment titled K.G.F. Chapter 1 which also became one of the highest grossing films of 2022. The excitement and anticipation among fans for KGF 2 helped it to emerge as the most successful movie of the year and clinched the second spot in the list of Indian movies with the highest global collection, outranking RRR.
Made at a mere budget of Rs 20 crore with a simple concept, Rakshit Shetty’s Charlie 777 won the hearts of all movie lovers as well as animal lovers which aided the movie to churn out Rs 150 crore globally. The adventure comedy-drama revolves around a lonely man Dharma and a pup named Charlie.
Another Kannada film that crossed ₹200 crores is the Sudeepa and Jacqueline Fernandez starrer action-adventure thriller film Vikrant Rona. The film follows Inspector Vikrant Rona, who arrives at a remote village in the middle of a tropical rainforest. As the film proceeds, he starts witnessing a series of unexplainable supernatural events that take place there.
Rishab Shetty’s Kantara has broken new ground at the box office. It has become only the third Kannada film ever to cross the ₹250-crore mark in global box office gross earnings. Kantara brings in the story of a mystical forest and a demigod (Bhoota), who trades forest land to the tribe with a king in exchange for happiness. However, several years later, the King’s son gets greedy and demands back his land. Following that, he dies due to the wrath of Bhoota.
The film has already crossed ₹100 crores and has become one of the highest grossing Kannada films. The film has also crossed films like RRR and K. G. F. Chapter 2 and is becoming the highest rated IMDb film.