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Tabarana Kathe

(ತಬರನ ಕಥೆ)
1988- Drama
Story of Tabara Shetty, a government servant in the ranks of a watchman. Tabara Shetty serves the government till his retirement. He is a dedicated worker and respects the system that sustained him for so long. But problems emerge after his retirement.
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Director: Girish Kasaravalli
Keywords: Art


Movie Cast

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Movie Details

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Movie NameTabarana Kathe
Original Language Nameತಬರನ ಕಥೆ
Alternative NamesThabarana Kathe ,
English TranslationTabara's story
Year1988
Release Date1988
Languages Kannada
StorylineStory of Tabara Shetty, a government servant in the ranks of a watchman. Tabara Shetty serves the government till his retirement. He is a dedicated worker and respects the system that sustained him for so long. But problems emerge after his retirement.
Story SummaryTabarana Kathe is the story of Tabara Shetty, a government servant in the ranks of a watchman. Tabara Shetty serves the government till his retirement. He is a dedicated worker and respects the system that sustained him for so long. But problems emerge after his retirement.

Tabara never gets his pension money. In his failing old age, Tabara approaches the officials he had served. Except for a few sympathisers, nobody helps Tabara get his pension. Matters worsen when his wife and only companion falls sick with diabetes. She has a sore foot which turns to gangrene. Tabara tries all means to get his pension to treat his wife. After a few months, his wife dies. The pension money arrives after that. Tabara curses his higher officials and the system which ruined his life.
Run Time110 Mins


Movie Crew

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Writer (story)Poornachandra Tejaswi
Writer (Screenplay)Girish Kasaravalli
Music DirectorL Vaidyanathan
ProducerGirish Kasaravalli
Executive ProducerSadanand Suvarna
CinematographyMadhu Ambat
Writer (Dialogue)Poornachandra Tejaswi
Film EditingM N Swamy
Assistant DirectorShanthakumar Belagodu, Niranjana Hegde, Vijay Kumar Rai, Savanth
Art DirectorSrinivas Rao, Mohan
MakeupK M Kishan
Production ManagerK Vasanthkumar
CostumeSavanth
StillsG S Bhaskar
Production (Banner)Apoorva Chithra
Sound Recording (Dialogues)Kodandapani
Sound Recording (Rerecording)K Srinivasan
Public RelationsY Ramakrishnaiah
Dubbing ArtistB Jayashree, Ra Sri Naidu, G V Shivanand, Vishwanath Rao, Gubbanna, Aravind, Shivamurthy


Interesting Facts and Trivia

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  1. Film historian Theodore Bhaskaran picked Tabarana Kathe in Rediff.com's ten best Indian films of all time
  2. It was based on a short story of the same name by Poornachandra Tejaswi.
  3. When Tabara fails to manage his wife's operation, in a moment of desperation, he goes to a local butcher and asks if he would amputate his wife's leg. This intense scene was shot brilliantly.
  4. The climax was another highlight as in all Girish Kasaravalli's films. Tabara finally receives his pension. But everything is over. His sole companion has left this world. Standing in front of his past office, Tabara shouts at the office staff and holds them responsible for his wife's death.
  5. The film was shot in Mudigere in Chickmagalur district of Karnataka


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