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Ondanondu Kaladalli Obba Raja idda (Once there was a king) (2021) 8.0

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Completed On: 20 Aug, 2021

Director: Santhosh Kodenkeri

Duration: 1 hr 56 min 39 sec

Genres: Experimental, Feature

Language: Kannada

Country: India

Submitted By: Drusti Media & Productions

Festival Rating 7.8

The story ‘Once There Was a King’ by Rabindranath Tagore have the theme of innocence, story-telling, character involvement and respect towards the story teller. The story is narrated to the first person by an unnamed narrator who looks back at an incident when he was seven years old. The narrator wishes that his tutor would not come to teach him in the evening. In an effort to escape from the clutches of his tutor, he feigns a sickness, telling his mother that he has a headache. As his grandmother begins to tell him the story the narrator does not look for flaws in the story rather he longs to be entertained. He just wants to hear a story that will allow his young mind run wild. It just needs to be believable to a young seven year old boy. He can identify with the characters in the story and sees himself into it. The listeners have to suspend their disbelief for a period of time. A seven year old boy marries a princess who has reached the full bloom of her youth. To the little boy, this scenario opens the possibilities in his mind, that maybe someday he too could marry a princess.

When the narrator asks ‘what next,’ the grandmother explores the story even further and more imaginatively. Though the young boy who is married to the princess has died, the grandmother gives him eternal life. However Tagore made the story teller and the listener to get involved in a story. The listener has to be open to the unexpected incident. The end of the story does not give the boy as he was identified himself with the character. He finds his own desire and vision to make the character to live as he is living.

This film is a theatrical narration with celluloid techniques, extracted from ‘Ekavyakthi Pradarshanagalu’ by Yogesh Master, designed & directed by Santhosh Kodenkeri.

  • Director
    Santhosh Kodenkeri
  • Producer
    Santhosh Kodenkeri
  • DOP
    Jeevan Gowda
  • Editor
    Raghu S
  • Film Type
    Experimental, Feature
  • Genres
    Art ,Drama,Experimental
  • Runtime
    1 hours 56 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date
    20 Aug, 2021
  • Production Budget
    32000 USD
  • Country of Origin
  • Country of Filming
  • Film Language
  • Shooting Format
    Digital 2k
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Film Color
  • Student Project
  • First-time Filmmaker

Director's Biography

Santhosh Kodenkeri
Creative Director/ Producer

Hailing from a village sullia, Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, born to an agricultural and well educated family, I always had an aspiration towards making movie. After completing my graduation I moved to Mumbai to pursue my dream. I joined a production house and started my career as a Production Designer. That was my first step towards my dream of making films. I received an excellent guidance from best film makers and I directed many ad films, corporate films, documentary movies.

I directed my debut feature film titled as HOME STAY in Hindi & Kannada language as well as Tamil Named as Dhigil which is straight thriller movie acted Ashmit Patel, Sayali Bhagath former femina miss India world, Ravi Kale, Shruthi, Sherin, Ashok etc. The movie released in 2016 across India.
To make films in creative and technical basis I formed a Company Named DRUSTI Media & Productions in Bengaluru & Mumbai. Through this I worked as CREATIVE & TECHNICAL Director for many ad, corporate and political Profile films.
Having experience in film making for decades I worked as creative & technical director for the movie which is made by only 13 crew members and with only 2 actors. The movie is made in Kannada & Malayalam, language, kannada Movie titled as Anireekshitha.

Director's Statement

About “Ondanondu Kaladalli Obba Raja idda” Kannada ART Movie:

Having enough experience this time I designed, directed & produced the Kannada art movie Ondanondu Kaladalli Obba Raja idda , based on ‘Once there was a king’ by Ravindranath Tagore, adaptation from ‘Ekavyakthi Pradarshanagalu’ by Yogesh Master. In this movie protagonist plays 24 different characters at the same time. There are 12 songs.

This cinema is a treat for theatre lovers who can experience first world class visual theatrical play. Crossing all the limits of theatrical play to form "CINEMA" by enhancing Actor liberty, crafted makeup & costumes, detailed Artwork, Camera techniques, Size of Music & many more... One Actor Playing multiple characters along with mannerism is more challenging...

The Movie is a Record in India Book of Record saying that, Maximum character enactment directed in a feature film with maximum character enactment was set by Santhosh Kodenkeri (born on November 30,1980) of Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka. The Kannada feature film ‘Ondanondu Kaladalli Obba Raja idda’, based on the story ‘Once There Was a King’ by Rabindranath Tagore, is 116 minutes and 39 seconds long and has Yogesh Master playing 24 characters.


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