Baanaadi (Kannada: ಬಾನಾಡಿ) is a 2014 Indian Kannada language children's film written and directed by debutant Nagaraj Kote, based on the novel Usiru he wrote.[1] It stars Praful Vishwakarma, H. G. Dattatreya and Rajesh Nataranga in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Dhruthi, Abhinaya, Sringeri Ramanna, Jayashree Raj, Venkatachala, T. S. Nagabharana, Mimicry Gopi and Yashwanth Kote. Music for five of the six soundtracks in the film were composed by Karthik Sharma, who, with the film became the youngest composer in the history of Kannada cinema.[2]

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Film poster
Directed byNagaraj Kote
Produced byDhruti M. Nagaraju
Written byNagaraj Kote
Screenplay byNagaraj Kote
Based onUsiru
by Nagaraj Kote
StarringPraful Vishwakarma
H. G. Dattatreya
Rajesh Nataranga
Music byKarthik Sharma
CinematographySabha Kumar
Edited byMohan Kamakshi
Dhruti Cinema
Release date
  • 5 December 2014 (2014-12-05)
Running time
146 minutes


  • Master Praful Vishwakarma as Kishore
  • H. G. Dattatreya
  • Rajesh Nataranga as Avinash
  • Kumari Dhruthi as Pallavi
  • Abhinaya as Kusuma
  • Sringeri Ramanna as Thathayya
  • Jayashree Raj as Girija
  • Venkatachala as Muthyappa
  • T. S. Nagabharana as Ashwath Kumar
  • Mimicry Gopi as Duduma
  • Yashawantha Kote as Hanumya
  • Master Madhusudan
  • Bank Janardhan
  • Ramesh Pandith
  • Mugu Suresh
  • Baraguru Ramachandrappa
  • Manasi Sudheer
  • Mohan Juneja


Usiru, a novel written by Nagaraj Kote in the 1990s, deals with the upbringing of children in the current era. Deciding to direct a film based on the novel, Kote launched the film in April 2014, having signed Praful Vishwakarma, Rajesh Nataranga and H. G. Dattatreya to play characters of three generations; a young boy, his father and grandfather.[3] The role of Praful's mother was played by Anubhava, who was pregnant during the filming stages.[4] Filming completed in July 2014.[5]


Soundtrack album by
Karthik Sharma
Released26 July 2014
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLahari Music

Karthik Sharma composed the background score for the film and music for five soundtracks in the film. The lyrics were written by Nagaraj Kote and M. N. Vyasa Rao. The track "Henda Hendthi" was taken from one of G. P. Rajarathnam's works, to which the music was composed by Raju Ananthaswamy.[5] Another track "Yaaru Baruvaru" was taken from the works of Purandara Dasa, a Carnatic music composer who lived in the 16th century.[2] The album consists of six soundtracks. It was released on 26 July 2014, in Bangalore.[6]

Track list
1."Banadi Banadi"Nagaraj KoteKarthik SharmaChorus 
2."Comingo Comingo"Nagaraj KoteKarthik SharmaChorus 
3."Bhoomi Ninna Thaayi"M. N. Vyasa RaoKarthik SharmaChithra 
4."Henda Hendthi"G. P. RajarathnamRaju AnanthaswamyRaju Ananthaswamy 
5."Ellinda Bandyappa"M. N. Vyasa RaoKarthik SharmaVenkatachala 
6."Yaaru Baruvaru"Purandara DasaKarthik SharmaRavindra Soragavi 

Critical receptionEdit

Upon theatrical release, the film received positive reviews from critics. B. S. Srivani of Deccan Herald felt that the film was successful in "conveying the message quite effectively". She concluded writing praises of the acting performances and the music in the film.[7] G. S. Kumar of The Times of India reviewed the film and wrote, "Director Nagaraja Kote has chosen a topic with a social message and made best use of Hagalu Vesha. Their performance blends well with the story." He concluded giving special mention to the Dattatreya's performance and the film's cinematography.[8]


  1. ^ "Girish Kasaravalli attends the film launch of Baanaadi in Bangalore". The Times of India. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Karthik to Compose Music for Baanadi". The New Indian Express. 24 April 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Baanaadi Launched". 22 April 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  4. ^ "Abhinaya Anubhava". 27 November 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  5. ^ a b "'Banaadi' Complete". 15 July 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  6. ^ "'Banaadi' Audio Comes". 28 July 2014. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Soaring beyond strings of steel". Deccan Herald. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Baanaadi review". The Times of India. 7 December 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2014.

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