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Edakallu Guddada Mele

(ಎಡಕಲ್ಲು ಗುಡ್ಡದ ಮೇಲೆ)
8th October 1973- Drama
Madhvi is a wife of a retired army officer who lost his legs in one of the major wars. This trauma is to be seen in their physical relationship through a period of time. Madhvi is attracted to their young neighbor Nanjunda with whom she shares a secret physical bonding

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Movie NameEdakallu Guddada Mele
Original Language Nameಎಡಕಲ್ಲು ಗುಡ್ಡದ ಮೇಲೆ
English TranslationUpon the Edakallu rock
Release Date8th October 1973
Languages Kannada
StorylineMadhvi is a wife of a retired army officer who lost his legs in one of the major wars. This trauma is to be seen in their physical relationship through a period of time. Madhvi is attracted to their young neighbor Nanjunda with whom she shares a secret physical bonding
Story SummaryThe movie begins with Sanskrit saying, 'Kaamaaturaanam nabhayam nalajja (A lustful person knows neither fear nor shame),' and the rest of the movie attempts to illustrate the same. Kama is one of the six moral weaknesses: kama (passion/lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (attachment), madha (pride) and matsara (envy).

Jayanthi begins with a song expressing pangs of separation with her soldier-husband. The song -- 'Viraha,' is a classic in Kannada movie lore, and is quite often interjected in banter to express estrangement.

As the song ends with the return of her husband, it becomes evident that the war has not just crippled his leg. Subsequently, the trauma of a marriage bereft of a physical relationship is portrayed in sing-song histrionics prevalent in movies of this period.

The introduction of the brash, loud, motorbike-riding Nanjunda, infuses enthusiasm into a hitherto hurried and jarring narrative. Nanjunda, a fresh college graduate, also happens to be the Captain's neighbor. A word on topography and co-ordinates is in order here.

The movie appears to be depicting Kodagu (Coorg) as inferred by the frequently portrayed undulating hills, and typical Kodava dresses. The Captain and Nanjunda, own adjoining estates in this region. Nanjunda is on a visit, and seems to indulge in little but bike-riding and indolence. His dad's estate is managed by his uncle, Shivaram, another stentorian voice that strains the eardrums.

The next part is the heart of the movie where Kanagal shines through with his trademark symbolism and narrative restraint. Many sequences are edited to be suggestive but incomplete, leaving just enough room to make it imaginative, but not enough to make vague.

Nanjunda and the couple (Madhavi and the Captain) move from being well-acquainted to being cosy friends through card-games and raucous, if unnecessary, laughter. And then it happens. Madhavi and Nanjunda embark on a picnic to Edakallu gudda (gudda = hill in Kannada), a desolate hilltop that houses a cavern, and has a little pond in it to boot. Though merely playful to begin with, proximity and solitude combine to tempt them, and Madhavi, in a moment of weakness falls prey to lust. If Nanjunds seduced her has no objective answer.

Kanagal's subsequent portrayal of the uneasy relationship between Nanjunda and Madhavi deserves merit for its transitional nature. Nanjunda's infatuation in the immediate aftermath of the their first corporeal encounter, Madhavi's tortured complaisance in furthering the passion, till a fog of guilt and doom descends on her, are excellent in injecting a dash of reality.

As the confused relationship teeters, a twist arrives in the form of Devaki, Madhavi's sister who arrives to stay with her sister. Nanjunda is immediately enamoured, and switched allegiance in a trice. But Devaki proves a harder nut to crack, and his advances are spurned with minimal effort. As a hapless onlooker to this courtship, Madhavi's welling emotions brimmeth over, adding anger and betrayal to guilt and remorse. Meanwhile, Nanjunda achieves a breakthrough as he machinates a picnic to, where else—Edakallu gudda, with Devaki. He isn't as lucky this time.

As Nanjunda gets more desperate in wooing Devaki, and Madhavi gets even more desperate in protecting her sister, things come to a head. The cat is let out of the bag in the form of too audible a meow emanating from Nanjunda's bedroom -- that Madhavi creates and (a conveniently somnambulating) Devaki overhears. An interspersed song with the two sisters as muses, is pleasant for its departure from being a typical male-female duet. The climax is best left to the viewer.
Run Time160 Mins

Movie Crew

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Writer (Novel)Bharathisutha
Writer (Screenplay)S R Puttanna Kanagal
Music DirectorM Ranga Rao
ProducerSrikanth Nahatha, Srikanth Patel
Executive ProducerMadhubhai Patel
CinematographyS V SriKanth
Writer (Lyrics)M Narendra Babu, Vijaya Narasimha, Kanagal Prabhakara Shastry, R N Jayagopal
Writer (Dialogue)M Narendra Babu
Film EditingS P N Krishna, T P Velayudham
Assistant DirectorH Renuka Sharma
Art DirectorB Chalam
Sound RecordingK R Seetharam, D Mohana Sundaram
ChoreographyUdupi B Jayaram
MakeupRajGopal, Veera Swamy
Playback SingerP Susheela, S P Balasubrahmanyam, S Janaki
Production ManagerN Rama Dorai
CostumeB Appa Rao
Director (Associate)N S Datthu
Production (Banner)Srikanth & Srikanth Enterprises

Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Based on the novel of same name by Bharathisutha

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