The Kannada film industry is best known for its action and masala movies, but there are a handful of inspirational Kannada biopics in here too. These stories talk about history, underworld, romance and other incidents that have moulded our worldly knowledge and lives. These six biopics mentioned below have portrayed different characters from different corners of the state. Having heard their stories is not enough, so watch these movies to relate to and understand them better.


Watch this movie to know all about the fearing icon Veerapan of Southern India. A.M.R Ramesh’s research and direction has led to an absolutely resembling Veerappan played by Kishore. This engaging film narrates the life journey from the time he was famous for kidnapping a prime politician for ransom to the date he met his end.

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Kranthiveera Sangolli Rayanna

In this 2012 movie, you will see one of the famous freedom fighters from Karnataka, Sangolli Rayanna, fighting against the Britishers for Independence. Listen to his untold story from the vision of Naganna. As an Army chief of the kingdom of Kittur, Rayanna meets martyrdom in his fight against injustice and colonialism.

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Although the disclaimer says “fictional”, everyone knows Bettangere for a village with an underworld past and its two notorious gangsters. Want to know how two loving brothers become rivals and played the game of death? Well, the underworld can lead one to worse situations. Watch this crime-thriller to know about the history of Bangalore through these two gangsters.

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Santheyalli Nintha Kabira

This Indra Babu directorial narrates the story of Saint Kabir, who was an orphan raised by a Muslim family to later question religious stereotypes and beliefs. From the usual Shivraj Kumar masala trope, this movie comes out differently and artistically innovated.

Available on: Jio

RX Suri

Based on the life of an infamous gangster in Bangalore, Std Kumara, Sreejay has brought life to this romantic crime thriller. A gangster falling in love with a beautiful woman and leaving the path of mischief is not unheard of, but what if he has completely misunderstood “love”? Expect the unexpected and wait for the suspense to unfurl itself in the end.

Available on: Airtel Xstream

Mahakavi Kalidasa

The famous poet Kalidasa is known for his poetry and mythical stories. Watch this 1955 movie and refresh your knowledge on this poet and his writings who has given Indians innumerable artistic joys and ideas of love and history.

Available on: YouTube

This lockdown, inspire yourself by these six Kannada biopics and come out fresh with life goals and other lessons in place. Refresh your knowledge and wait for more biopics that are going to be made soon.