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K.G.F: Chapter 1

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K.G.F: Chapter 1 is a 2018 Indian Kannada-language period action film[6][7] written and directed by Prashanth Neel, and produced by Vijay Kiragandur under the banner Hombale films. It is the first installment in the two-part series, followed by K.G.F: Chapter 2. The film centers around Raja Krishnappa Bairya "Rocky", born into poverty, who arrives in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1960s, on a quest for power and wealth as desired by his dying mother. Involved with the gold mafia there, he is recruited to kill Garuda, the oppressive heir-in-waiting, in Kolar Gold Fields. Yash stars as Rocky, while Ramachandra Raju features as Garuda. Anant Nag narrates the film while also playing a supporting role alongside Srinidhi Shetty, Vasishta N. Simha, Ayyappa P. Sharma and Harish Rai.

K.G.F: Chapter 1
K.G.F Chapter 1 (film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byPrashanth Neel
Produced byVijay Kiragandur
Written byDialogues:
  • Prashanth Neel
  • Chandramouli M.
  • Vinay Shivangi
Screenplay byPrashanth Neel
Story byPrashanth Neel
Narrated byAnant Nag
Music byRavi Basrur
CinematographyBhuvan Gowda
Edited byShrikanth
Hombale Films
Distributed by
Release date
  • 20 December 2018 (2018-12-20) (United States & Canada)
  • 21 December 2018 (2018-12-21) (India)
  • 5 February 2019 (2019-02-05) (Digital Release)
Running time
155 minutes[2]
Budget50–80 crore[a]
Box officeest. 250 crore[5]

The development of the film began in early 2015 when Neel completed writing the screenplay.[8] However, filming began only two years later, in March 2017.[9] Majority of the film is set in Kolar Gold Fields and was filmed on location.[10] Bhuvan Gowda served as the cinematographer and Shrikanth as the editor. Ravi Basrur scored music for the soundtrack and the film's background.[11]

After a North American premiere on 20 December 2018, K.G.F: Chapter 1 was released in Kannada and in dubbed versions of Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam languages the following day, and received positive response from audiences.[12] However, critics gave the film mixed reviews; while they praised the cinematography, art direction and background score on the film, the screenplay and editing were criticized. The film performed well commercially and collected 76 crore four days into release, in the process breaking the record for the highest grossing Kannada film of all time.[13] The movie was released online by Amazon Prime Video on February 5, 2019[1] which earlier bought the digital rights for ₹18 crores.[14]



Journalist Anand Ingalagi's book El-Dorado, that detailed events at the Kolar Gold Fields between 1951 and present day, has been banned by the Government of India and all published copies burnt. However, a television news channel procures a copy and interviews him circling the events.

Ingalagi narrates that an ore of gold was discovered by commissioned government officials in the southern part of India's Mysore State (in present-day Kolar district, Karnataka) in 1951. Raja Krishnappa "Rocky" Bairya is also born on the day of the discovery in the Mysore region, to a poor and widowed woman. Discerning the increasing demand for gold by the Cold War belligerents, Suryavardhan, one of the workers that accompanied the officials, deceitfully sets up a company, Narachi, in that land, bought for a lease of 99 years on the pretext of mining limestone. He has five associates, all of who operate away from KGF: Kamal, the son of a former associate; Rajendra Desai, the father of Reena, Kamal's fiancé; Andrews, who oversees operations in the Konkan and Malabar Coasts; Guru Pandian, a powerful politician and president of the DYSS party; and brother Adheera. However, each of them have their eyes on the mines. Andrews' underboss Shetty is a gold smuggler in Bombay, the city that also has another smuggler, Dubai-based Inayat Khalil's eyes set on.

Rocky arrives in Bombay as a ten-year-old on a quest for power and wealth as desired by his dying mother and begins to work for Shetty. He becomes Shetty's henchman later and oversees the arrival of gold bars from Africa to the Bombay coast with an iron fist, and soon rises in strength and power rivaling that of Shetty's. This attracts Andrews who offers him Bombay in return for assassinating Garuda, the elder son of Suryavardhan, who was seen to inherit KGF after his paralysed father's passing. Rocky accepts the offer and heads to Bangalore where an event is staged for the purpose. Once there, he witnesses the authority and power that Garuda commands and has the attempt averted.

In 1978, at the KGF, a bedridden Suryavardhan announces Garuda as his successor overlooking Adheera, who he wants to serve as the latter's aide. Garuda's ruthless way of functioning aided by his commander Vanaram comes to fore. Rocky soon makes his way into KGF evading a unit of henchmen. Once there, he witnesses the brutality that the slaves are subjected to. Although apathetic at first, he is moved by a couple of incidents involving a cold-blooded killing of a mother and son at the hands of an overseer and the slaves' children hoping that he rises to liberate them. Beginning his attempt at it and to indicate to Desai and his men through informants, Kulkarni and Garuda's virtuous brother Virat, that he was alive, as planned, Rocky engages in a fight with a unit of twenty-one overseers killing each one of them in order to save a blind slave they were to kill. With the act, Rocky emerges as a hero in the slaves' eyes. An alerted Vanaram now informs Garuda who heads toward the mines from his palatial residence. To avert thousands of slaves being killed due to his fury, Virat smothers father Suryavardhan to death and sidetracks Garuda, who rushes back home. At the mines, Rocky seizes the opportunity, conspires and unsuspectingly heads through a tunnel to the site where Garuda has decided to behead three slaves as offerings to a deity. Upon Garuda's return to the site and sacrifice of two slaves, a concealed Rocky emerges and beheads him. The ecstatic slaves accept him as their leader as they cheer him on. The narrator concludes that Rocky intentionally chose KGF as the site to assassinate Garuda, in order to earn the will of an "army of people", the slaves, before he seized KGF to his control. He adds that Prime Minister Ramika Sen then ordered the Indian Army to have Rocky, now labelled "India's biggest criminal", killed.


  • Yash as Raja Krishnappa "Rocky" Bairya[15]
    • Anmol Vijay as young Rocky[16]
  • Archana Jois as Shanthamma, Rocky's mother[17]
  • Anant Nag as Anand Ingalagi
    • Ashok Sharma as young Anand Ingalagi
  • Ramesh Indira as Suryavardhan
  • Unknown as Adheera
  • Ramachandra Raju as Garuda
  • Vinay Bidappa as Virat
  • Laxman as Rajendra Desai
  • Srinidhi Shetty as Reena
  • Vasishta N. Simha as Kamal
  • Achyuth Kumar as Guru Pandian
  • B. S. Avinash as Andrews
  • Tharak Ponnappa as Daya, Andrews' aide
  • Dinesh Mangaluru as Shetty
  • Harish Rai as Khasim, Shetty's aide and Rocky's confidante
  • Balakrishna as Inayat Khalil
  • Unknown as Ramika Sen, India's Prime Minister in 1981
  • Ayyappa P. Sharma as Vanaram, commander for KGF
  • John Kokken as John, an overseer at KGF
  • Puneeth Rudranag as Rugga, an overseer at mines
  • Neenasam Ashwath as Kulkarni
  • B. Suresha as Vittal, a slave at KGF
  • T. N. Srinivas Murthy as Narayan, a slave at KGF
  • Lakshmipathi as Huccha, a slave at KGF, the storyteller
  • Roopa Rayappa as Shanthi, a slave at KGF
  • T. S. Nagabharana as owner of television news channel 24 News
  • Malavika Avinash as Deepa Hegde, the chief editor of 24 News
  • Govinde Gowda as an office assistant at 24 News
  • Mohan Juneja as Nagaraju, an informer to Indalagi
  • Tamannaah Bhatia as Milky in a special appearance for an item number "Jokae"
  • Mouni Roy as Lucy in special appearance for an item number "Gali Gali" (Hindi version only)[18]


As of 25 June 2017, the project was 50 percent complete and production had restarted after sets were rebuilt following their destruction by heavy rains.[19]

KGF was released in five languages. It is a complete period drama and is set in the 70s and early 80s. Yash plays the role of Rocky, a slick and a suave person of the 70s era. Apart from Yash and Srinidhi, some of the Kannada actors include Ananthnag, Malavika Avinash, Achyuth Kumar, Vasishta N Simha[20] and B Suresha. Ramya Krishna and Nasser are expected to join in later schedules.[21]

The teaser of KGF was released on the Yash birthday (8 January 2018). The trailer was released on 9 November 2018.[22][23][24]


Ravi Basrur composed the music and background, while Tanishk Bagchi remastered the track "Gali Gali" from Tridev (1989) for the film's Hindi version.[25] Lahari Audio, that acquired the rights for 3.6 crore, a record sum for any South Indian film, distributed the soundtrack album into the market.[26] All versions of the first track of the album, "Salaam Rocky Bhai", was released on 4 December 2018.[27]

Release and reception

K.G.F: Chapter 1 received U/A certificate from the Central Board of Film Certification in early December 2018.[28][29] The distribution rights for the Kannada version were bought by KRG Studios, a sister company of the film's studio Hombale Films. While Excel Entertainment and AA Films bought rights for the Hindi version, the Tamil version's rights were sold to Vishal Film Factory, Telugu to Vaaraahi Chalana Chitram and Malayalam to Global United Media.[30][31] The film was released in the U.S. and Canada on 20 December 2018 and in India the following day.[32] The day also saw releases in parts of Africa, Hong Kong and parts of Eastern Europe including Cyprus, the first in these regions for a Kannada film.[33] It was reported that the film would be released in 1,800–2,200 screens worldwide, the widest ever release for a Kannada film.[34][35][36] However, it was later reported that the film was released in 2,460 screens, that included 1,500 for the Hindi version, 400 each for Kannada and Telugu, 100 for Tamil and 60 for Malayalam.[37] The Hindi-dubbed version of the film was released in 71 screens in Pakistan on 11 January and became the first Kannada film to be released there, although Lucia (2013) was screened at film festivals and did not see a theatrical release in the country.[38][39]

Critical reception

K.G.F: Chapter 1 received positive response from audiences while critics gave the film mixed reviews upon release.[40][41] While its cinematography, art direction, narration, stunt sequences, background score and acting performances received unanimous acclamation from the critics, they directed criticism and praise at the screenplay, dialogues and editing in equal measure.

Reviewing for Deccan Herald, Vivek M. V. felt that that the "grandeur" lay in the film's "fantastically gripping story". He wrote praises of the film's narration, its "brilliant" editing and "riveting sequences".[42] Sunayana Suresh of The Times of India gave the film rating of three-and-a-half out of five and wrote that it had a "fast-paced first half ... but the second half and the climax sets up the right premise for the second part of the film." She called the screenplay narrated in a "non-linear" fashion the "most interesting part of the film". She commended the performance as Yash in that he "lives his character to the fullest".[43] Troy Ribeiro of News18 echoed her sentiment and wrote, "Yash's endurance, strife and sincerity ... get projected as perfunctory" in the context of "tight close-ups and mid-shots the camera stops us from getting emotionally connected to" every actor in the film. He further wrote, "With intense atmospheric lighting, every frame in the film looks aesthetic and natural. Brilliant cinematography and equally challenging action sequences are put together with razor-sharp edits. They give the film a racy pace."[44] The reviewer for Hindustan Times, Priyanka Sundar, called the film a "story of greed and redemption" and remarked that it "burns bright". While praising the "promising" background score, "sharp" editing and "stunning" visuals, she felt that the screenplay could have been "tighter".[45]

Janani K. of India Today felt the film was "dragged and over-stretched" and gave it a three out of five star rating. While she commended Yash's "extraordinary performance" and the "brilliantly choreographed stunt sequences", she wrote that despite having "universal theme, [the film] gets lost in translation, thanks to sloppy editing and atrocious dialogues."[46] Subha J. Rao of Firstpost gave the film a similar rating and praised the film's music, cinematography and art direction; particularly the latter in "bringing alive the grime and heat of the gold mines". However, she felt "[t]ighter editing ... would have smoothened out the kinks" in the film.[47] Shashiprasad S. M. of Deccan Chronicle scored the film a two-and-a half out of five star rating and described the film as "a visual spectacle". Barring that, he felt it fell short of "instilling the much needed life into it."[48] Karthik Keramalu of Film Companion felt that the film fell short "becoming a great movie by a long mile". He dismissed the dialogues delivered by Yash's character as "lengthy sermon about his own valour", while also criticizing the film's editing.[49]

Excepting what he described the film's climax as "spectacular with the support of a brilliant cast" and "spot on" sets and location, Muralidhara Khajane of The Hindu felt there was "nothing in the film that we have not seen before". While writing that "[t]here is a certain finesse to the edgy, moody cinematography", he concluded that the film lacked a "soul, a believable story and a rounded protagonist."[50] Manoj Kumar R. of The Indian Express scored the film two-and-a half out of five stars and deemed it "[a]n overstretched exercise in hero worship". While drawing comparisons of certain scenes to those from Baahubali, he felt the film had a "flimsy storyline", which he added is made up for by "terrific background orchestra".[51] Also writing for the same news publication, Shubhra Gupta drew comparisons of the film in plot to those of Nayakan, Deewaar, Parinda in its first half. She felt that the film had "nothing more" than "striking cinematography, and the brown and sepia colours which suffuse the screen".[52]

Box office

KGF: Chapter 1 on the first day of its release collected ₹25 crore worldwide which was the highest opening ever in history of kannada film industry, In Karnataka's capital Bengaluru itself, the film has earned about ₹5 crore on day 1.[53] First weekend collections stood around ₹60 crore worldwide from all its versions.[54] The film grossed around ₹113 crore worldwide in the first week of its release and it went on to become the first film to cross ₹100 crore mark in history of Kannada film industry.[55] And it has grossed over ₹250 crore in 50-days and emerged as eight highest-grossing south indian film at Indian box office[5]


  • K.G.F: Chapter 1 becomes the first Kannada film to cross ₹100, ₹200 and ₹250 crores at the box office.[5][56]
  • K.G.F: Chapter 1 becomes fourth highest grossing Hindi dubbed film after the Baahubali franchise and 2.0.[57]

See also


  1. ^ Hindustan Times reported the budget as 50 crore[3] whereas Business Today claims it was 80 crore.[4]


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