Puneeth Rajkumar’s blockbuster film ‘Jackie’ set for re-release


As the twinkling lights of the marquee flicker back to life, a celebrated story finds its way home to the silver screen, inviting the warmth of nostalgia and the slice of cinema that is ‘Jackie’. The 2010 Kannada film, acclaimed for its pedigree and performance, is primed for a theatrical encore. This rekindling serves not just as a cinematic event but as a homage to the late Puneeth Rajkumar, the luminary of the Kannada film industry whose sudden passing at the tender age of 46 left fans and contemporaries gripped in a pall of mourning.

In the bustling landscape of Karnataka’s film industry, ‘Jackie’ enjoys a cult status, bolstered by the impeccable craft of its leading man, Puneeth. The emotional void carved by the thespian’s death has been profound, and KRG Studios, helmed by the commitment to keeping the actor’s flame aglow, has charted out a re-release of the film on March 15, a poignant gesture that comes merely two days shy of Puneeth’s birth anniversary.

The anticipation and the collective hearts of the multitude beat with an added fervor, as evident from a tweet circulated by KRG Studios, promising a reconvening of magic and memory. Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar, Puneeth’s wife and a steadfast pillar in the story of his legacy, joins hands with the studio in this cinematic celebration. In a yearly tribute, they have resolved to re-introduce one of Puneeth’s films to audiences around his birthday, a tradition that fans can take solace in and look forward to.

The annals of Puneeth Rajkumar’s illustrious career enshrined his final cinematic portrayal in the feature film ‘James’, under the directorial vision of Chethan Kumar. But it was his soulful journey through the dense greens and the rich terrain of Karnataka in ‘Gandhada Gudi’, a docu-drama crafted by Amoghavarsha JS, that fans last saw his adventure-seeking spirit take flight.

‘Jackie’, a directorial venture by Suri, stands as a pillar in Puneeth’s career—a film that transcends the mere fabric of entertainment, grappling with a narrative that dissects human trafficking. Puneeth’s dynamism paired with Bhavana’s poignant performance as the female lead etches a story that is as relevant as it is riveting. A testament to the film’s lasting appeal is its soundtrack, the work of V Harikrishna, which to this day sets the tone in the minds and on the lips of listeners, an enduring legacy of tunes and rhythms.

Emblematic of cinematic triumph, ‘Jackie’ owes its inception to the veteran producer Paravathamma Rajkumar, Puneeth’s mother, whose banner Poornima Enterprises served as the crucible for this box office juggernaut. In the somber retrospect of Puneeth’s departure from this world due to a heart attack, the film not only stands as a reminder of his artistry but also as a bridge that connects the past to the present—a harbinger of the joy and charisma that Puneeth offered to the screen and his audience.

As ‘Jackie’ readies to waltz back into theaters, there is a shared sentiment of resurgence and remembrance that sweeps across the cultural tapestry of Kannada cinema, and by extension, the larger Indian film fraternity. The return of ‘Jackie’ is not merely a screening, but a communal experience where every seat in the theater becomes a seat of honor, a front-row view into the heart and soul of Puneeth Rajkumar—a true hero, forever etched in the annals of Indian cinema.

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