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Premada Kanike (English: A Token of Love) is a 1976 Indian Kannada thriller film directed by V. Somashekhar and produced by Jayadevi. The film starred Rajkumar, Aarathi and Jayamala in the lead roles. The songs composed by Upendra Kumar were received extremely well and considered as evergreen hits. The story of the movie was written by Salim-Javed [1]

Premada Kanike
Directed byV. Somashekhar
Produced byJayadevi
Screenplay byChi. Udaya Shankar
Story bySalim-Javed
Music byUpendra Kumar
CinematographyD. V. Rajaram
Edited byP. Bhakthavathsalam
Jayadevi Films
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Running time
151 minutes

The film upon release was declared a blockbuster hit at the box-office and established a cult status for all the crime-thriller genre films.The movie is noted for merging romantic story with thriller genre.The movie saw a theatrical run of 25 weeks.[2] It went on to win multiple awards and accolades including the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Film.

The story is about a teacher and her nephew hired by rich family to teach their daughter. One day she witness a murder in a train and discovers that the murderer is the father of her student. The girl who plays student, Poornima, is the real-life daughter of Rajkumar.[3] It also features his youngest son Puneeth Rajkumar in a minor role of an infant.[4] It was remade in Tamil in 1980 as Polladhavan starring Rajinikanth and in Hindi in 1981 as Raaz starring Raj Babbar.




Premada Kanike
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

Upendra Kumar composed the music for the soundtracks and lyrics were penned by Chi. Udaya Shankar and Vijaya Narasimha.

1."Putta Putta"Chi. Udaya ShankarS. Janaki 
2."Baanigondu Elle Ellide"Chi. Udaya ShankarRajkumar 
3."Chinna Endu Naguthiru"Chi. Udaya ShankarP. B. Sreenivas 
4."Idu Yaaru Bareda Katheyo"Chi. Udaya ShankarRajkumar 
5."Naguveya Henne Naanu"Vijaya NarasimhaRajkumar, H. P. Geetha 
6."Na Bidalare Endu Ninna"Vijaya NarasimhaRajkumar, Vani Jairam 


1975–76 Karnataka State Film Awards


  1. ^ "Birthday special: 10 things you may not know about Javed Akhtar".
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  3. ^ "Rajkumar's legacy". 17 April 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Destiny's children". 11 April 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2014.

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