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2nd March 1971- Drama
A woman in mental trauma is further pushed into trauma by the people around her

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Movie Details

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Movie NameSharapanjara
Original Language Nameಶರಪಂಜರ
English TranslationCage of Arrows
Release Date2nd March 1971
Languages Kannada
StorylineA woman in mental trauma is further pushed into trauma by the people around her
Story SummaryThe film revolves around the issues of a woman's chastity, the acceptance of mentally ill by society and unfaithful spouses. The story starts with the chance meeting of the heroine Kaveri (Kalpana) and the hero Sathish (Gangadhar). Sathish falls in love with Kaveri who is educated, sophisticated, beautiful and hails from a respectable family. Eventually they get married with the blessings of their parents. They are a picture perfect couple. They build their dream house, they beget a son, buy a car and are generally prosperous. When Kaveri conceives for the second time, the doctor express concern over her weakness. During postpartum period, she remembers the incident in her past wherein she is forced into incestuous pre-marital sex by her cousin and loses her mental balance. During this delirium she reveals this to her husband. She is then admitted to a mental hospital. After recovery, she is discharged from the hospital. The doctors inform Sathish of Kaveri's delicate state of mind and that she needs to be loved and cared for. However, Sathish still affected by the thought of his wife's pre-marital relationship ignores her. Kaveri discovered that she will have to face scorn from her family, neighbours and her husband. The final blow comes when Kaveri discovers that Sathish is having an extra-marital relationship with a female colleague, who used to pursue him before and who Sathish used to make fun of. Unable to bear it, she ultimately goes insane and is admitted to the same mental hospital. Kalpana's performance as a traumatic woman was widely acclaimed by critics.

Though Kaveri loves her husband, he refuses her because of her chastity though she did not willfully engage in premarital sex. Instead he takes it as an alibi to be unfaithful to her. The other issue if that of the social acceptability of mentally ill people. The general treatment Kaveri receives from her servants, her cook, her family members and neighbors. The society is absolutely callous and lacks the sensitivity that is so much needed by people like Kaveri.
Run Time175 Mins

Movie Crew

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Writer (Novel)Triveni
Writer (Screenplay)S R Puttanna Kanagal
Music DirectorVijaya Bhaskar
ProducerC S Rajanna
CinematographyD V Rajaram
Writer (Lyrics)Da Ra Bendre, Kanagal Prabhakara Shastry, Vijaya Narasimha
Writer (Dialogue)S R Puttanna Kanagal, Triveni
Film EditingV P Krishnan
Assistant DirectorN S Datthu, N Lakshmi Narayan
Art DirectorB Chalam, Ramkumar
ChoreographyUdupi B Jayaram, Lakshminarayan
MakeupSelam Ramu, S P Rajashekhar
Playback SingerP Susheela, Mysore Devadas, P B Srinivas
Cinematography (Assistant)Kumar, Vasu, Mallan
Sound Recording (Assistant)Armugam
Production ManagerDevadas, Eshwar, B R Srinivasan
CostumeB Appa Rao
Art (Assistant)Rangaswamy, Venkataramanaiah
Makeup (Assistant)Bujji, T P Bhakthavathsalam
ProcessingGemini Laboratories
Stillssrinivasan, Haridas, I M Vrushabhendraiah
Film Editing (assistant)Gunashekhar
Music (Assistant)H V Giriyappa, Subrahmanyam
Publicity DesignGangadhar
Production (Banner)Vardhini Art Pictures, Premier Studio
Costume (Assistant)Eshwar Rao, Jamil, sathyanarayan
PresenterKCN Movies
Sound Recording (Songs)D Mohana Sundaram, P V Koteshwar Rao
Sound Recording (Dialogues)K R Seetharam
Outdoor ShootingSujatha Movietone
Production ControllerS Shivaram

Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Field Marshal Kaariyappa appears in a wedding scene in the movie wearing the Kodava traditional clothes
  2. The film ran successfully for an year in 3 theatres

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