Starring: Yash, Srinidhi Shetty, Ramya Krishnan, Achyuth Kumar, Nassar Nassar, Vasishta N. Simha
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Release Date: 21 December 2018
Running Time:– Minutes
Period drama set in late 70’s based on Kolar Gold fields.
KGF: Chapter 1 is an upcoming Indian Kannada language film. It is being dubbed into Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Chinese and Japanese. The film is written and directed by Prashanth Neel and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner Hombale films. It stars Yash and Srinidhi Shetty in the lead roles. The shooting of this film completed on August 15, 2018, the film is scheduled to release on 21 December 2018.
KGF: Chapter 1 – Production
The major part of the movie was shot on the cyanide hills. The gold mining process at the KGF mines has generated about 32 million tons of tailings called Cyanide Dumps. These dumps are the accumulation of the slurry waste and residue that was piped out of the mills, after the gold was extracted from the ore. The residue slowly hardened over time and formed huge hills around all the mines in KGF of soft fine dust. They were known as the Cyanide Dumps because of the cyanide content that was used in the process of gold extraction.
As of 25 June 2017 the project was 50 percent complete and production had restarted after sets were rebuilt following their destruction by heavy rains. The second schedule started in Mysore. The film has so far been shot in Kolar, Bengaluru and Mysuru. “In our upcoming schedules, we plan on visiting Kolkata, Mumbai and Ladakh as well, apart from more shoots in Mysuru and Bengaluru,” said Karthik.
KGF will be released in five languages. It is a complete period drama and is set in the 70s and early 80s. Yash plays the role of Rocky, a slick and a suave person of the 70s era. Apart from Yash and Srinidhi, some of the Kannada actors include Achyuth Kumar, Vasishta N Simha and B Suresha. Ramya Krishna and Nasser are expected to join in later schedules. A technical team, which includes cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda, music director Ravi Basrur and art director Shivakumar, have worked towards creating the ambience and look of the era. The teaser of KGF was released on the Yash birthday (8 January 2018). The trailer was released (9 November 2018).
KGF: Chapter 1 – Movie Review
In 2015, the SS Rajamouli-directed Baahuali became the talk of the town for all the right reasons and made the world take note of Tollywood and its talents. In fact, it can even be said that Baahubali is a landmark film for Telugu cinema. Now, nearly four years later, the Kannada film industry is hoping to grab global attention with KGF. The Yash starrer has been shot against a good budget and has been released in five different languages. And. it seems to have lived up to the expectations big time.
KGF is a gangster drama whhich revolves around the underworld and highlights how the ambitious Rocky desires to become the richest and most powerful man in Mumbai. On paper, there is nothing fresh or new about the story. The film has a story that been told numerous times in the past but KGF manages to make an impact because of some flawless writing and brilliant execution.
The first half is dedicated towards establishing Yash’s character. The director and the writer have done a god job of showing Rocky’s struggles and not merely ‘telling’ us about them. The writer has also done a splendid job of using even the minor characters to highlight Rocky’s rise. The non-linear pattern of storytelling too does a good job of keeping the fans hooked.
There are several mass dialogues and fight scenes in KGF and they are bound excite the aam junta. However, the fact remains that the film stays true to its realistic nature and nothing is even remotely OTT.
Coming to performances , Yash is the focal point of KGF and he has done full justice to the most challenging role of his career, His intensity in the action scenes is hard-to-miss and it adds a new dimension to the on-screen action. The director’s faith in the ‘Rocking Star’ has paid off big time.
The rest of the cast des a good job and supports Yash ably. Tamannaah’s song ups the glam quotient of KGF in a big way.
The cinematography is spot on and adds a dark and intense feel to the actions. The use of close-ups has worked well as ash is a competent actor and emotes well. The background music is gripping and it elevates the on-screen action.
The editing, however, could have been a bit better. KGF feels a little too drawn at some points.
Prashanth Neel must be praised for dedicating five years of his life to a film and trying to elevate Kannada cinema.