The late Power Star’s passion project about the forests and wildlife of Karnataka had come on the platform on the actor’s last birthday
Gandhada Gudi was very special to the late Power Star Puneeth Rajkumar. He’d spent considerable time in the wild, along with wildlife filmmaker Amoghavarsha, to present some of the best and hitherto unknown bits about the forests of Karnataka. Puneeth was counting down to the trailer release of Gandhada Gudi, scheduled for Rajyotasava 2021 – keen to talk about his passion project, after giving the world a glimpse. That, unfortunately, was not to be. The Kannada star succumbed to a massive cardiac arrest only days before the trailer launch, which derailed all the plans. The docu-feature eventually came out in theatres on the eve of his first death anniversary, and on OTT, five months later, on his birth anniversary.
Gandhada Gudi was on Amazon Prime Video since March 17, 2023 and was thought to have been an outright purchase. But turns out that the streamer had picked it up for a limited period only. If you check now, you will realize that Gandhada Gudi is not available to stream on Prime Video anymore. This comes shortly after it came to light that Shashank Soghal’s Daredevil Musthafa was on the platform for 6 months only and is currently not on any other streamer. Puneeth’s docu-feature appears to have vanished from the platform last week.
Interestingly, films like Love Birds and Kranti, which came on Prime Video earlier than Gandhada Gudi, are still available, so the latter’s current absence is definitely down to the licensing agreement the platform entered into with PRK Productions. Sources tell us that a hybrid arrangement for a limited period (usually up to 6 months), is the preferred deal option from the streamer’s side these days and that too for very few Kannada titles in a year.
Fans of the late Power Star, who spotted this development have urged the team at his production house, PRK Productions, to figure out a better deal either yet again on Prime Video or another platform.