Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane

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Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane or Godhuli is a 1977 Indian drama film co-directed by Girish Karnad and B. V. Karanth, starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah.[1] It is based on the Kannada novel Tabali neenade Magane, written by S. L. Byrappa as an allegory for nation-building and the clash of modernity with tradition in rural India. It portrays the story of a modern agriculturist who returns from US after studying agriculture and brings his American wife to the village.[2] [3] The film was made in Hindi and Kannada versions: Godhuli (English: The Hour of the Gods).[4][1]

Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane
Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane poster.jpg
Directed byGirish Karnad
B. V. Karanth
Produced byB. M. Venkatesh
Chandulal Jain
Written byS. L. Bhyrappa(Story)
Kanakanahalli Gopi(Dialogue)
Screenplay byGirish Karnad
B. V. Karanth
Based onTabbaliyu Neenade Magane
by S. L. Bhyrappa
StarringNasiruddin Shah
Lakshmi Krishnamurthy
Paula Lindsay
T. S. Nagabharana
Om Puri
Music byBhaskar Chandavarkar
CinematographyA. K. Bir
Edited byP. Bhakthavathsalam
Maharaja Movies
Release date
Running time
143 minutes

Godhuli was included the 1984 International Film Festival of India (IFFI).[1] At the 25th National Film Awards, S. P. Ramanathan won the Best Audiography.[5][6] It won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay at the 27th Filmfare Awards for Girish Karnad and B.V. Karanth.[7]


  • Naseeruddin Shah as Venkataramana Shastri
  • Lakshmi Krishnamurthy as Thaiyavva
  • Manu as Kalingegowda
  • Paula Lindsay as Lydia
Kannada cast
Hindi cast


The movie explores the cultural problems experienced by an American woman, newly married to an Indian, adjusting to Indian norms and customs. It depicts a modern man who studies agriculture in the United States, returns to India with an American wife with their different views. The theme is one of alienation from fellow human beings.


  1. ^ a b c DIFF 1978, p. 101.
  2. ^ Valicha 1988, p. 81, 99.
  3. ^ Chakravarty 2011, p. 257-258.
  4. ^ Ray & Joshi 2005, p. 97.
  5. ^ "25th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  6. ^ "25th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 4 October 2011.
  7. ^ "Best Screenplay Award". Official Listings, Indiatimes. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 5 May 2013.