For the first time, a Kannada movie is being re-released in the US. Yes, the Yash starrer KGF, which was a huge hit, will be out in the US in 35 locations. Weekend Cinemas, the distributors of KGF, will be releasing the film on Friday. When the film was released in the US last month, the theatre occupancy was good but it had to be removed to accommodate other films. With not many releases right now, the distributors had made a request to the theatres and finally got an opportunity to have KGF released again.
Incidentally, KGF Chapter 1 also became the first Kannada film to breach the India-Pakistan border. The film got a commercial release in Pakistan, which came as a boost along with its commercial success at the Indian box office.
The film, which hit the silver screens on December 21, was directed by Prashanth Neel, who also wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues. Vijay Kiragandur bankrolled the project under his banner Hombale Films. The film has Yash playing the lead role and paired up opposite is Srinidhi Shetty as the heroine. The rest of the star cast includes Achyuth Kumar, Malavika Avinash, Nassar, Anant Nag and Vasishta N Simha. The film was narrated by Anant Nag. The film’s technical team comprised music director Ravi Basrur, cinematographer Bhuvan Gowda and art director Shivakumar.
KGF Chapter 1 is easily the most successful Kannada film at the box office in recent times. Released in five languages, including Kannada, the Yash starrer has broken quite a few box office records. It collected Rs 50 crore in its first 3 days at the box office and reached Rs 100 crore in a week.
The mega budget movie was distributed by some of the high-profile distributors in the film industry. In Tamil, the distribution rights were lapped up by Vishal’s Vishal Film Factory and the Malayalam version is distributed by Global United Media. The Hindi version is distributed by Farhan Akthar and Ritesh Sidhwani’s Excel Entertainment jointly with Anil Thadani’s AA Films.