The days of kannadigas appearing in the country’s cinema halls are over.
Today, kannadas have moved onto television, movies, social media and even in online news outlets.
The rise of the kannadan has also been aided by a growing number of people who are willing to take on the mantle of kanja, or film stars, and their role in society.
The new stars have also brought a lot of attention to the kani and their culture.
A number of new films are being released by kannads, including one called Kannadu: The Movie.
Al Jazeera’s Peter D’Agostino spoke to the director, Rajiv Rana, about his new film, and how it’s been received.