‘We revealed the story in layers,’ says Girish Kasaravalli


Girish Kasaravalli’s first feature, Ghatashraddha (The Ritual) marked the new wave in Kannada films. In 2002, it was chosen for the cinema hundred anniversary celebrations of the Film Archive of Paris as one of the best – and only Indian -- 100 films of world cinema. The veteran director and Padma Shri awardee talks of films then and now.

What were the major concerns of Kannada cinema?
In 1970, Sanskara (a film on Brahmism), the first major landmark Kannada film was released. A generation of artistes were influenced by the works of socialist writers like UR Ananthamurthy, Lankesh, Tejaswini who were critical of the caste structure and its hierarches. Till about 20 years this concern remained.