Ganesha Subramanya

Ganesha Subrahmanya, a Kannada comedy film,[1] directed by popular director Phani Ramachandra, it is a story of two brothers who've been indoctrinated by their father into remaining bachelors until they achieve their professional goals. This film also tries to convey a message to both men and women, not to paint all members of the opposite gender with the same brush. The highlights of the film is the acting by Anant Nag and Ramesh Bhat, as the celibate brothers Ganesha and Subrahmanya, Mukhyamantri Chandru as the story-telling landlord and Manasa as the who softens up Ganesha and changes his views.

Ganesha Subrahmanya
Directed byPhani Ramachandra
Produced byVishwa Sagar, N. P. Ganapathy, N. P. Subbaiah, K. M. Swamy (Kalapremi)
Written byShyamasundara Kulkarni
StarringAnant Nag
Ramesh Bhat
Bank Janardan
Hema Chaudhary
Mukhyamantri Chandru
Sujata Krishnan
Narrated byPhani Ramachandra
Music byV. Manohar
CinematographyR. Manjunath
Edited bySuresh Urs
Release date
Running time
147 minutes


Ganesha (Anant Nag) and Subrahmanya (Ramesh Bhat), two brothers, promised their late father (S. Shivaram) that they would remain bachelors until they achieve something significant in their lives. Their father thinks marriage would hinder personal achievements. Ganesha, an architect, runs a construction firm, while younger brother Subrahmanya pursues fine arts. They shun female company, recoiling at the very sight of ladies. Much to their chagrin, they find themselves being sought by the fair sex much too often. Be it the girl residing in the house opposite to theirs (Latha - debuting actress) or the middle-aged lady house-owner (Hema Chowdhary), they always find themselves in situations that they think could shake their principles.

Eventually, to be able to live in peace, they consult the house broker (Bank Janardhan) with the specifications that they want a rented house that does not have a single girl in the vicinity. After changing many rented houses due to "girl problems", they eventually get a rented house, whose owner is obsessed with story-telling, and treats his wife (Vaishali Kasaravalli) like an empress. Subrahmanya gets a chance to attend a specific fine arts course that he thinks would be useful to his career and has to go to Shivamogga for one year.

Unknown to the brothers, four people: the story-telling house owner (Mukhyamantri Chandru) and house broker (Bank Janardhan) aided by two girls - Vasantha (Manasa - debuting actress) and Ramaa (Sujatha Krishnan - debuting actress), execute a well-scripted plan to bring about a change in their attitude towards the fairer gender.

Ganesha advertises for a typist at his construction company and a girl approaches his desk, spelling her name, "Rama". This makes Ganesha nervous. She succeeds in making Ganesha blush and walks out gleefully.

The new landlord is able to keep Ganesha deeply engrossed with his story-telling and mimicry of sounds. Whatever he narrates to Ganesha turns out to be real that night, as it rains heavily and Ganesha hears knocks on the door. Ganesha opens the door, and a girl, drenched in rainwater, falls into Ganesha's arms, unconscious. Ganesha carries her to the bedroom on the first floor, places her on the floor and locks the door.

The story-telling landlord returns to continue his story-telling, carroming both his as well as Ganesha's room keys. After the landlord leaves, Ganesha tries to open the lock of the bedroom. He could not do so. He sits on the floor, leans against the stairs and falls asleep.

He is woken up the next morning, by the ringing doorbell. The story-telling landlord tells Ganesha that he had (accidentally or deliberately) exchanged the keys. Ganesha gets his keys, hurries to the bedroom and unlocks it, only to see the "unconscious" girl in a white shroud and her wet clothes lying in a heap, along with a poison bottle.

Ganesha wakes her up by sprinkling water on her face. The girl, Vasantha, puts on an innocent look and seeks his help in getting fresh clothes to wear. This makes Ganesha enter a ladies dress centre, nervously, to buy her a fresh dress set; asks him for help fasten the hooks of her dress along her back. Unnoticed by Ganesha as he fastens her dress hooks, Vasantha smiles broadly. All these are Vasantha's plans that succeed, but she expertly hides her delight. Vasantha softens up Ganesha, keeping a bottle of poison solely as a emotional blackmailing ploy.

Meanwhile, Subrahmanya returns from his course and is surprised and shocked to find the girl in the house. Subrahmanya too gets a taste of her emotional blackmailing drama. Upon the intervention and philosophising of the story-telling landlord, Subrahmanya convinces Ganesha to stop behaving curtly with her, else she will commit suicide. Ganesha agrees.

Vasantha helps with the household chores and preparing food, which the brothers had been doing themselves all these years. Ganesha gradually yet reluctantly develops a liking for Vasantha, who now feels very comfortable and cheerful. She slowly and surely succeeds in changing his views about women. She enquires about his architect career and then suggests him a novel approach to his architectural profession, that helps people who cannot afford expensive house construction methods. Ganesha agrees to her suggestion and this earns him great recognition and awards. In his speeches, Ganesha acknowledges Vasantha's role in his success.

Meanwhile, Subrahmanya too succeeds in his fine arts career and he acknowledges the role of a girl (Rama) in his success. (Rama had earlier attended an interview for a typist's job at Ganesha's office, and had deliberately put Ganesha into an uncomfortable situation, knowing fully well that he recoils at the sight of the fairer gender.)

Towards the end of the film, when Vasantha packs up her bags to leave the brothers' house, Ganesha feels reluctant to let her go. Vasantha explains to Ganesha that she wanted him to change his views about women by helping him out with his tasks at home as well as providing inputs with his professional goals. She also wanted to prove to all women that it is wrong to blame all men for certain men's inappropriate behaviour with women. Since she succeeded in proving her points, she wants to leave and settle down with her Mr. Right. Subrahmanya instantly suggests to Ganesha to marry Vasantha. He too confesses that Rama played a big role in his success in fine arts. When Ganesha sees Rama, he exclaims that she had attended the typist's interview. Ramaa tells Ganesha that he was a tough nut to crack and so her elder sister Vasantha had to soften him up, with her emotional drama. The story-telling landlord and the house broker rush in and tell Ganesha and Subrahmanya that both are brothers; and also that Vasantha and Ramaa are the house broker's daughters. The story-telling landlord confiscates the letter (dictated by Ganesha and Subrahmanya's father) and tears it up, as Vasantha and Ramaa watch with broad smiles.

The film ends with the Ganesha and Subrahmanya consigning their vows of celibacy to the dustbin; Ganesha marries Vasantha and Subrahmanya marries Rama.



V. Manohar composed all the songs for this film. This was his second film album composition, after debuting with Tharle Nan Maga. Manohar has also written the lyrics for this film, along with well-known poet K. S. Narasimha Swamy and B. Rudramurthy Shastri.


  1. "Brahmachari Endare" - Puttur Narasimha Nayak, L. N. Shastri
  2. "Break The Age" - Chandrika Gururaj
  3. "Hareya Baayaride" - Vani Jayaram
  4. "Hendatiyobbalu Maneyolagiddare" - Puttur Narasimha Nayak
  5. "O Kusuma Baale" - Vani Jairam


Considering that the earlier two films of the trilogy - "Ganeshana Maduve" and "Gowri Ganesha" were hugely successful, this film did not do anything special at the box office. Mukhyamantri Chandru excels in the story-telling scene in which he mimics the sounds of rain, footsteps, door knocks and the scream of a woman, etc. V. Manohar's songs, especially the "O Kusuma Baale" (lyrics by K. S. Narasimhaswamy) were well-received.

External ReferencesEdit

Ganesha Subrahmanya songs on

  1. ^ "O Kusuma Baale".