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Kanooru Heggadithi

(ಕಾನೂರು ಹೆಗ್ಗಡಿತಿ)
31st August 1999- Drama
The film narrates a story of the land and life of a feudal family in pre-independence Malnad
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Director: Girish Karnad
Keywords: village, Art


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Movie Details

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Movie NameKanooru Heggadithi
Original Language Nameಕಾನೂರು ಹೆಗ್ಗಡಿತಿ
Year1999
Release Date31st August 1999
Languages Kannada
StorylineThe film narrates a story of the land and life of a feudal family in pre-independence Malnad
Story SummarySubbamma (Tara), third wife of Chandre Gowda (Girish Karnad), is a rebellious mistress of the household and encourages sporadic acts of defiance against men from among her women friends. When her husband dies, she uses her position of authority to avenge all the wrongs ever done by man to woman. Her actions end up destroying her, and her place is taken by liberal intellectual Hooviah.


The novel by Kuvempu consisted of 700 pages and dealt with over 150 characters. It took Karnad eight months to reduce it to a feature film screenplay which concentrated on four main characters: Chandre Gowda, Seetha, Hoovayya, and Subbamma - Gowda's third wife. After the shooting began, the women of Megaravalli are returning to their native dress. Even the names of their houses were changed to the titles described in the novel. Director Karnad said that while the film did justice to the Kuvempu novel, it was only an attempt to portray the complexities of the women characters in Kuvempu’s work through an attempt to show the three different aspects of womanhood in a feudal set-up, and the novel itself could not be depicted in full.
Run Time126 Mins


Movie Crew

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Writer (story)Kuvempu
Writer (Screenplay)Girish Karnad
Music DirectorB V Karanth
ProducerC M Narayan, H G Narayan, I P Malle Gowda
CinematographyS Ramachandra
Writer (Lyrics)Kuvempu
Writer (Dialogue)K B Shivappa, Rama Aithal
Film EditingBasavaraj Urs
Assistant DirectorSavanth
Art DirectorShashidhar Adapa
ChoreographyC Basavalingayya
MakeupN K Ramakrishna
Playback SingerRajesh Krishnan, L N Shastry, Ramesh Chandra, Achala, Narasimha Nayak, Vishnu, Kusuma
CostumeJayanthi
Director (Associate)K M Chaithanya
Production (Banner)Anikethana Chithra
Production ControllerB V Ramachandra


Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. After release, the film rekindled the interest in the novel and approximately 2,000 copies were reprinted.


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