Sandalwood’s market is on the rise and in the next couple of years, we could be on par with the market standards of our neighbouring industries. The reason for this has been the wave of content-oriented flicks which made its way to KFI in the last decade. Apart from entertaining the Kannada audience, these movies were liked by many across the state too. Hence, they have paved way for many more such attempts in the industry.

On that note, here are 7 such movies which helped Sandalwood spread its wings across the country.


1. Ulidavaru Kandanthe

7 Kannada Movies in the last decade which has helped the industry expand its market

Based on the Roshomon effect, the Rakshit Shetty directorial was a cult hit amongst the audience when it was released a few years ago. The flick was even enjoyed by the audience in the other states too and this, in turn, helped the industry widen its market.

2. Lucia


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Well, this movie can be considered as the trigger for the new-age film movement in KFI. The concept was brilliant and is still considered as one of the best movies ever made in Kannada.

3. Godhi Banna Saadharana Mykattu

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This movie had its heart at the right place and hence, it got connected with the audience irrespective of age or language preference. The acting performances were impeccable and the music was also a highlight.

4. Thithi

Raam Reddy’s Thithi was one of the path-breaking movies not only in Karnataka but across the country too. No one had dared to experiment such a common-place subject in this manner and this aspect earned many followers for this flick.

5. Rangitaranga

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Taking on the mighty Baahubali, Rangitaranga made an instant impact with the Kannada audience and the viewers abroad. It had umpteen moments of thrill and surprise which kept the audience amazed throughout the run-time.

6. U-Turn

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Pawan Kumar yet again took the job of directing a movie that widened the industry’s market potential. Although this flick got remade in other languages, the impact of the Sandalwood version could not be recreated.

7. KGF Chapter 1

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Well, it was this movie that made the entire country look towards KFI. This movie was almost perfect and the entire nation is waiting for its sequel.