Gandhada Gudi is a 1973 Indian Kannada-language film directed by Vijay and produced by M. P. Shankar. Rajkumar in his 150th film portrays an honest forest officer Kumar while Vishnuvardhan plays the antagonist, Anand, though his character is redeemed at the end of the film. Kalpana, M. P. Shankar, Narasimharaju and Balakrishna performed other important roles.
|Literally||Temple of Sandalwood|
M. D. Sundar
|Story by||M. P. Shankar|
|Produced by||M. P. Shankar|
|Cinematography||D. V. Rajaram|
|Edited by||Bal G. Yadav|
|Distributed by||Bharani Chithra|
It was the first Indian movie made on the concept of protection of forests and wildlife conservation. It is the only movie in which Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan appeared together. The film was seen as a milestone in the career of Rajkumar. The movie became a blockbuster and saw a theatrical run of 25 weeks.
It was the time when CITES – 1973 Convention on International Trade in Species of wild Flora and Fauna was signed. CITES aimed to reduce the economic incentive to poach endangered species and destroy their habitat by closing off the international market.The movie was praised for portraying the rich bio diversity of the state of Karnataka.
The movie was remade in Hindi in 1979 as Kartavya. The grand success of this movie prompted NTR to work on a script based on the forest backdrop leading to the 1977 Telugu movie Adavi Ramudu. The movie was dubbed in Malayalam in 1974 as Chandana Kaadu. The success of Gandhada Gudi led to a sequel in 1995 titled Gandhada Gudi Part 2 starring Shiva Rajkumar.
Kumar (Rajkumar) is a range forest officer who goes to the Nagarhole National forest to protect the natural resources. His main rival is the poacher Anand (Vishnuvardhan) who unknown to him has been kidnapped and raised by Raja Venkatappa Nayaka (Balakrishna) to exact revenge on his father. In the final scenes, Anand gets hold of Kumar's mother and asks him to not interfere or that he will set fire to the forest. But Kumar shoots Anand, fatally injuring him in the chest. Venkatappa then comes in climax and reveals that Anand is Kumar's younger brother and he had done this to take revenge on his family. He tries to kill Kumar, but Anand kills venkatappa and dies on the lap of his mother.
- Rajkumar as Kumar
- Kalpana as Lakshmi
- Vishnuvardhan as Anand (guest appearance)
- Narasimharaju as Shivaji
- H. R. Shastry as Hanumayya
- Malur Sonnappa
- Anand Shekhar
- Tiger Prabhakar as Moosa
- Abdul Azis
- Borayya as Borayya
- S. A. V. Swamy
- Nazeer Ahmed
- M. P. Shankar as Johnny
- Advani Lakshmi Devi as Saraswathi
- B. Jaya as Gangi
- Prema Kumari as Putti
- Shyam (credited as Baby Shyam)
- Virupaksh (credited as Master Virupaksh)
- Basavaraj (credited as Master Basavaraj)
- Master Nataraj (credited as Master Nataraj)
- Balakrishna as Venkatappa Nayaka (cameo)
- Sampath as Deputy conservator of forests (cameo)
- Thoogudeepa Srinivas as Kunju Ahmed (cameo)
- Shakti Prasad as Raja (cameo)
The film has brilliant cinematography of the Nagarhole and Bandipur forest in Mysore which is the seat of the royal family of Karnataka. The entire cast has given excellent dimensions to their role.
During the shooting of the film where Vishuarvadan's character "shoots" Rajkumar's character's mother, the prop gun was accidentally switched to a real gun. Prabakaran, a forest ranger who realised someone took the gun, ran to the shooting spot to avert untoward incident. Just as Vishnuvardhan was about to pull the trigger, Prabakaran begged for him to stop. The incident caused trauma for Vishuvardan who got death threats from Rajkumar fans . Despite this, both Rajkumar and Vishuvardhan remained on good terms afterwards.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||14 September 1973|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Music for the film and soundtracks were composed by the duo Rajan–Nagendra.
|1.||"Naavaaduva Nudiye"||Chi. Udaya Shankar||P. B. Sreenivas||6:08|
|2.||"Arerere Ginirama"||Chi. Udaya Shankar||P. Susheela||3:33|
|3.||"Ellu Hogolla"||Chi. Udaya Shankar||S. Janaki, P. B. Sreenivas||2:49|
The sequel to Gandhada Gudi had Shiva Rajkumar in the role of a forest officer who is posted in the same forest where his father has created a history. His character now has to carry his father's mission and protect the forest. Many considered the sequel to be a disappointment when compared to the legacy of the original.
The film which speaks about the preservation of forests inspired other Kannada films – Jayasimha, Mrugalaya and Maasti Gudi. Also Gandhada Gudi is the first Indian movie made on the concept of forest conservation.
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