Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga

Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga (English: Motherland's First Son) is a 1998 Indian Kannada drama film directed and written by Rajendra Singh Babu. It features Shiva Rajkumar and Ramesh Aravind in the lead roles along with Vijayalakshmi and Shilpa in other pivotal roles.[1] The film won several laurels and awards upon release including the Karnataka State Film Awards. The film featured original score and soundtrack composed and written by V. Manohar.

Bhoomi Thayiya Chochchala Maga
DVD cover
Directed byRajendra Singh Babu
Produced byJai Jagadish
Dushyanth Singh
Written byRajendra Singh Babu
StarringShiva Rajkumar
Ramesh Aravind
Music byV. Manohar
CinematographyB. C. Gowrishankar
Edited bySuresh Urs
Vaibhavalakshmi Productions
Release date
18 September 1998
Running time
144 minutes

Lokesh's character was inspired by Dashrath Manjhi, who cut a rocky hill for 22 years to build a road in memory of his dead wife. However, in the film, instead of building a road through a mountain, the character dismantles a mountain piece-by-piece to build a dam.[2][3]



The music was composed by V. Manohar.[4]

Track listing
1."Nesara Nesara"V. ManoharK. S. Chithra 
2."Sa Pa Ni Sa"V. ManoharRajesh Krishnan 
3."Le Le Le Le"V. ManoharRajesh Krishnan, K. S. Chithra, Ramesh Chandra 
4."Bhoomi Thayiya"Da Ra BendreRajkumar 
5."Naa Preethiya Huduga"V. ManoharRajesh Krishnan, Sowmya Raoh 
6."Jhumka Jhumka"V. ManoharRajesh Krishnan, Sowmya Raoh 


Srikanth Srinivasa of Deccan Herald felt the film was inspired by two events: "the recent spate of farmers' suicides in North Karnataka due to crop failure" and Kannada poet D. R. Bendre's poem with the same title as the film. Calling Shiva Rajkumar's performance his "best... till date", he wrote, "Shivanna is restrained and collected and delivers his dialogues effectively." He added, "Ramesh is superb. Vijayalakshmi as the new, chirpy young thing has performed well in the small and meaty role. Shilpa is good as usual. Veteran Bengali actor Sabi Sachi steals the show." He commended the music and the film's soundtrack, while singling out Rajkumar's "soulful rendering of Bendre's title song" in that it "evokes a lot of sympathy while delving into the plight of the farmers overburdened by huge debts besides struggling for their daily existence." While he felt that the film could have been edited and trimmed by 15 to 20 minutes, "it provides good entertainment fare for the viewer."[5]


1998–99 Karnataka State Film Awards


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  4. ^ Bhoomi Thayiya Chochala Maga [1998]
  5. ^ Srinivasa, Srikanth (20 September 1998). "Bhoomithayiya Chochala Maga (Kannada)". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 5 December 1998. Retrieved 30 September 2020.