Kannadigas, clear up your social as well as weekend calendars, as July showers (yes, pun intended) you with a plethora of Kannada movies to keep you hooked to the cinema halls! We bring you a buffet of choices to choose from this weekend for a splendid cinematic experience!

Gowdru Hotel

A remake of 2012 Malayalam film Ustaad Hotel starring Dulquer Salmaan and Nithya Menen, which depicted the journey of an aspiring chef who returns to his hometown to help his grandfather run his hotel. Although running on the same lines, lead actress Vedhika has said to have stated that the Kannada version would be different in many aspects and promises to entertain the audience in its own way. Gowdru Hotel is directed by P. Kumar and also stars Prakash Raj in a prominent role.


Hombanna, releasing on 7th July, is largely a representation of the lives of the farmers living on Western Ghats of Karnataka and forest encroachment. Shot in beautiful locales of the Western Ghats, Hombanna is sure to fulfill your visual scenic fantasies. It stars Varsha Acharya, Subbu Talabi and Dhanu Gowda in lead roles and directed by Rakshith Thirthahalli.

Kathah Vichitrah

Suspense-thriller followers get ready to psyche yourselves out as Kathah Vichitrah promises to be a ride you've been waiting for! The story revolves around Sana who encounters a paranormal activity and tries to locate the source of the same. Directed by Anup Anthony, the movie stars Anu Chengappa and Sri Harsha Vardhan in lead roles. Watch out!


Yogesh of Nanda loves Nanditha fame is back to entertain with his latest action-thriller Kolara. The story is written and directed by Aryaa M. Mahesh. It is said to be based on a real life gangster Thangam who was involved in various cases of murder, dacoity, rape and theft. Yogesh rose to fame with his wise choices of roles in movies like Ambari and Ambara. Loose mada fans, gear up! He's here again. Listen to the director speak about the premise of the movie here

Ondu Motteya Kathe

This upcoming movie revolves around a 28-year-old balding Mangalorean Kannada lecturer Janardhan who is looking to get married. The romantic-drama is helmed by first-time director Raj B Shetty who also plays the lead role. Selected for New York Indian Film Festival 2017 and London Indian Film Festival, this promises to be one helluva ride! Miss maad bedi, aayitha?


Another thriller-drama in the offing, Shwethaa hits the theatres this July. Akshatha Marla plays the titular role of a parapsychology student whose encounters with an ancient box which then forms the crux of the story. The thriller is directed by Rajesh R. Balipa and produced by P. M. Ramachandra Reddy.


Marking Arjun Sarja's 150th film in Kannada, Vismaya is a neo-noir crime thriller written and directed by Arun Vaidyanathan. The film stars Prasanna, Sruthi Hariharan along with Arjun Sarja in lead roles. The film is simultaneously shot in Tamil and Kannada and is alo said to release in Telugu as Kurukshetram.

– By Aishwarya Acharya