The late Power Star’s dream project, the docu-feature about Karnataka’s forests and its wildlife, came to theatres on the occasion of his first death anniversary in October.
Last Updated: 06.13 AM, Jan 17, 2023
Gandhada Gudi was Puneeth Rajkumar’s passion project. A great admirer of nature and wildlife, he’d been pondering about doing something different from his routine commercial films when Wild Karnataka maker J Amoghavarsha suggested a docu-feature that would require the two of them to travel the length and breadth of the state. Puneeth was more than thrilled to be a part of the project, which he was all set to present to audiences when fate had other plans.
Puneeth was only days away from releasing the teaser of Gandhada Gudi as a Rajyotsava special on November 1, 2021 - something he was very excited about – when he tragically died following a massive cardiac arrest on October 29. At the time, the first copy of the film was ready, which Puneeth had seen and shown some from his close circle. He was keen for the world to see what he had to present. It was not until a year later that his widow, Ashwini, and Amoghavarsha decided to finally let Puneeth’s fans see his last treat for them. Gandhada Gudi was released in theatres on October 28, 2022, on the occasion of Puneeth’s first death anniversary.
Gandhada Gudi went on to become a box office hit, following which it was revealed that the team had sold the digital rights to Amazon Prime Video. The film was expected to be available to stream in December last year, but there’s been no word from the team or the streamer on this. The latest we hear is that Gandhada Gudi may not begin streaming until late March or early April this year, as the team is looking at re-releasing it on the occasion of Puneeth’s birthday (March 17). In 2022, it was his last commercial film James that took the box office by storm. At the time, director Chethan Kumar had said that he would re-release James every year on the late Power Star’s birthday. Looks like this time fans will have two films that evoke a lot of emotion in theatres.