Kannada Actor of the Decade
Sandalwood has changed over the past few decades. This decade has, particularly, seen an intense overhaul. New themes were tried out, new narrative patterns were tested, and elder heroes made way to younger ones. Here is a list of Sandalwood heroes who made an impact, this decade. Choose your favourite. Vote Now!
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Dr Rajkumar - 'Shabdavedi' (2000)
'Shabdavedi' was not only the last film of Dr. Rajkumar, but also the one that he did after a gap of nearly seven years. It tells the tale of a cop's crusade against drug mafias. Dr. Raj played the role of Inspector Sandeep, an upright police officer crusading against drug lords. His performance was widely appreciated.
Vishnuvardhan - 'Simhadriya Simha' (2001)
In this film, directed by S Narayan (inspired from the Tamil film, 'Nattamai'), Vishnuvardhan played three characters, each representing a generation. This could very well go down in Sandalwood history as one of the best triple-role acts to date.
Puneeth Rajkumar - 'Appu' (2002)
2002 saw the rise of Puneeth Rajkumar (the third son of Dr Rajkumar). Puri Jagannath, who had earlier directed Shivarajkumar in 'Yuvaraj', wrote and directed 'Appu'. Puneeth played the title role with ease, and his performance earned him a lot of appreciation.
Upendra - 'Raktha Kanneeru' (2003)
'Raktha Kanneeru' was a remake of the Tamil hit of the 50s; MR Radha had directed the original, and had also played the main role to perfection. Upendra's 'RK' is a loyal remake, and the storyline and the period settings remained the same. Upendra's powerful punch-lines were the highlight of this hit movie.
Vishnuvardhan - 'Aptha Mitra' (2004)
It's Vishnuvardhan again, for his mind-blowing performance as a psychiatrist in 'Aptha Mitra'. Inspired from the Malayalam super-hit, 'Manichitratazhlu', this P Vasu movie also had Soundarya putting in her career-best performance.
Shivarajkumar - 'Jogi' (2005)
In this film, Shivarajkumar played the role of Maadesha alias Jogi, a good man-turned-goon. The performances of Shivarajkumar and Arundhathi Nag were the highlights of the film, along with the songs by Gurukiran and a tight screenplay by Prem.
Ganesh - 'Mungaaru Male' (2006)
Nobody could have predicted that this film, with a TV compere-turned-hero, a flop director and an NRI music director, would change the course of Sandalwood. But Ganesh, Yogaraj Bhatt and Manomurthy went on to create B.O. magic with their 'Mungaaru Male'.
The film was noted for its astounding music, crisp dialogues, neat camera work and wonderful performances by Ganesh and Ananth Nag.
Vijay - 'Duniya' (2007)
'Duniya' is about how a young man suffers the cruelties of society! Vijay, who was a small-time actor till then, made it big with 'Duniya'. He got the Karnataka State Government's Best Actor award for this performance.
Darshan - 'Gaja' (2008)
Though Darshan made his debut in the early part of this decade, he had to wait for almost seven years to earn his first B.O. hit. 'Gaja' was the remake of a Telugu blockbuster. The strong points of the film were Darshan's action sequences and V Harikrishna's peppy tunes.
Sudeep - 'Veera Madakari' (2009)
'Veera Madakari' was a remake of the Telugu super hit, 'Vikramarkudu'. Sudeep, who had, till then, directed two films ('My Autograph' and 'No 73 Shanthi Nivasa') returned to direction with 'Veera Madakari'. An out-and-out action film, 'VM' helped Sudeep bounce back to the top league of actors.