Aghori characters in kannada cinema

Kannada actor Shiva Rajkumar’s 100th film Jogayya has the star looking and playing an aghori - the pot smoking, flesh eating, womanising, divination-seeking men of saffron. Another kannada hero Vijay Raghavendra is also enacting a similar character in Vinayaka Gelayara Balaga. Joining the bandwagon is sexy Pooja Gandhi, in her forthcoming Rani Maharani.

However, going by the pictures, kannada actress Pooja looks more like a someone dressed up for Indian Halloween. But the credit of creating the original aghori on 70mm in recent times should go to Director Bala who turned romantic hero Arya into a hedonistic aghori in the Tamil film Naan Kadavul.


According to the sect every human is a ‘shava’ (dead body) with emotions and they should try to become ‘Shiva’ by denying the human pleasures and involving in the aghori rituals. The aghori lives in cemetery (shmashana), the living place for lord Shiva, this is the representation that the final abode for everyone is the cemetery. And many aghoris roam around naked, representing the true humans and their detachment from this world of mortals who live in the world of illusion.