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Kasturi Nivasa

(ಕಸ್ತೂರಿ ನಿವಾಸ)
29th December 1970- Drama, Family, Fiction
Ravi Varma, an extremely generous man, who succumbs to his intention of being generous no matter what happens.

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Movie Details

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Movie NameKasturi Nivasa
Original Language Nameಕಸ್ತೂರಿ ನಿವಾಸ
Alternative NamesKasthuri Nivasa ,
English TranslationMusk Villa
Release Date29th December 1970
Languages Kannada
StorylineRavi Varma, an extremely generous man, who succumbs to his intention of being generous no matter what happens.
Story SummaryRavi Varma (Rajkumar), owner of a match box factory is a widower and has lost his daughter in an accident. Recognizing that his honest employee Chandru is in a similar position, he decides to help Chandru financially. As Chandru attends training in the U.S., Ravi takes care of Chandru's charming daughter. On return, Chandru suggests changing the company's structure. The traditionalist Ravi, becomes infuriated. Protesting this, Chandru resigns and starts his own match box company and becomes the leading match box manufacturer.

This begins Ravi's downfall, his charity and donating activities have eaten up profit and ends up putting his house on sale. Chandru calls for the highest bid and wants to give it back to Ravi, but being the man that he is, Ravi would not accept. Chandru has already got Neela (Jayanthi), his ex-secretary on whom Ravi had a crush on, and now Ravi's house.

Film ends on a tragic note when all Ravi has is his Dove, and Neela requests him to give it her, as her daughter is sick and is crying for Ravi uncle's Dove. Ravi has just sold that, so that he could feed Neela. Unable to say no to a request he breathes his last.
Run Time152 Mins
Movie BudgetINR 375000

Movie Crew

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Writer (story)G Balasubramanyam
Writer (Screenplay)B Dorai Raj, S K Bhagavan
Music DirectorG K Venkatesh
ProducerB Dorai Raj, S K Bhagavan
CinematographyR Chittibabu, B Dorai Raj, N G Rao
Writer (Lyrics)R N Jayagopal, Chi Udaya Shankar, Vijaya Narasimha
Writer (Dialogue)Chi Udaya Shankar
Film EditingG Venkatram
Assistant DirectorM S Rajashekhar
Art DirectorB Chalam
ChoreographyUdupi B Jayaram
Playback SingerL R Eswari, P B Srinivas, P Susheela, G K Venkatesh
Cinematography (Assistant)S Ramachandra, K L Rajendra
Sound Recording (Assistant)Bhupati, Sundaram
Production ManagerK Krishna rao, Natarajan
CostumeM Nath, Venkata Rao
Makeup (Assistant)RajGopal, Doreswamy Naidu, Guru, Keshava, M S Subbanna
ElectricianK Govindarajan
Film Editing (assistant)K Kannan
LaboratoryChamundeshwari Studios
Production (Assistant)Dhanaraj, Srinivas
Music (Assistant)L Vaidyanathan
Publicity DesignEshwar
Production (Banner)Anupam Movies
Choreography (Assistant)Devi
Stills (Assistant)Mohan
ProgramsK Seetha Pathi (B. A)
Sound Recording (Songs)D Mohana Sundaram
Sound Recording (Dialogues)K Srinivasan
Sound Recording (Rerecording)D Mohana Sundaram
StudioSri Kantheerava studios
DistributionSrinivas Pictures, KCN Movies
Floor inchargeR A Guruswamy
Outdoor ShootingSujatha Movietone

Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. On the second day of filming, the film's producer K. C. N. Gowda, asked the team to stop filming on its second day and was adamant about filming it in colour, in spite of having a black-and-white set of INR 1.25 lakh. Finally, Rajkumar on insisting Gowda that money not be wasted, the filming resumed in black-and-white
  2. Competing against other films that released during the time of its release, the film performed well and trade analysts speculated a INR 2 crore revenue in its first week of re-release
  3. Rajkumar was convinced by his brother Varadappa, following which the rights were brought from Noor by director Dorai Raj and S. K. Bhagavan for INR 39,000
  4. The dove bird used in the film was bought for INR 500 from outside the erstwhile Mysore State
  5. With the work 70% completed, Gowda passed away in October 2012. Following his death, his son K. C. N. Mohan took over the project. Speaking of colourising the dresses in film's frames, he said, "We had to take into consideration the costumes of the 1970s. We used a software which gave us the nearest-matching colour." The black-and-white film was first saved in digital format before removing the scratches, dots and rainy lines from it. Based on the grey scales, colours were then added using a digital enhancement technique for the first time for an Indian film. The colourised film has a frame rate of 24 per second. The project was completed at a cost of INR2 crore
  6. Rajkumar received a remuneration of INR 15,000 (Some ay 10000)
  7. The project to colourise Kasturi Nivasa was taken up by its producer K. C. N. Gowda. With parts of the film's negatives damaged, the first step in colourisation involved procuring the archival print from the Karnataka film archives. Bits of the negatives were then procured from other sources and spliced together to restore the original quality of the film (in black-and-white). The colourisation work was carried out by 60 personnel for a period of 20 months, who coloured each of the 215,000 frames of the original film. The music of the film was also recreated. The audio of the film stored digitally was converted to 5.1 surround sound
  8. The story written by G. Balasubramanium had been bought by film producer Noor wanting to make a film in Tamil based on the story and wanted Sivaji Ganesan to star in it.However, Ganesan was reluctant, and so was Rajkumar, after hearing the story, considering that the film had a tragic ending with the protagonist dying
  9. Filming was done in Mysore and Kantheerava Studios in Bangalore, it was completed in 19 and a half days, having spent INR 3.75 lakh
  10. The colourised film released on November 7, 2014, in over 100 prints in Karnataka

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