Epic Kannada films like Mahakavi Kalidasa, Sathya Harischandra, Gejje Pooje became masterpieces in the times when they were created. Sandalwood has only scaled heights since. The list of awards and nominations have been innumerable in terms of acting, storyline, music, cinematography, direction and quite rightfully so. Let’s take a look at some award-winning Kannada films that must go on your watchlist.

Riding the Stallion of Dreams

Having won the National Award for best screenplay and best feature film, this movie is Girish Kasarvalli’s vision. Watch this anthology of short stories written by Amaresh Nadgoni to understand why the movie is different and how it creates another perspective.

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Gulabi Talkies

Yet another creation of Girish Kasarvalli’s mastermind is Gulabi Talkies that tells the story of women, their aspirations and dreams. Umashree won a National Award for Best Actress and was applauded for her daring performance. No cinephile should miss this.

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This movie handles the subject of a woman’s sexuality, which is considered to be a taboo in the society and is not spoken about openly. Watch this movie that won five National Awards in the year 2019 including Best Playback Singer, Best Lyricist, and Best Editing. It was also the best Kannada movie of the year. Also, Shruthi Hariharan won the Jury Award for her performance.

Streaming on Netflix


Thithi’s realistic narrative perfectly complements the common man’s story it portrays. Played in various film festivals, this movie was awarded the National Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada.

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Koormavatara won National award for the Best Feature Film and is a film that questions the psyche.

Streaming on YouTube

These movies set the bar high and are inspirational for filmmakers everywhere. Click on the image below for more movie recommendations