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Raja Nanna Raja (Kannada: ರಾಜ ನನ್ನ ರಾಜ; English: Raja is my king) is a 1976 Kannada romance film, written by Salim-Javed,[1] directed by A. V. Sheshagiri Rao, and produced by A. L. Abbaiah Naidu. The film starred Rajkumar, Aarathi and Chandrashekhar in the lead roles.[2] The songs composed by G. K. Venkatesh were received extremely well and considered as evergreen hits.[3]

Raja Nanna Raja
1976 Kannada film Raja Nanna Raja poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by A. V. Seshagiri Rao
Produced by Abbaiah Naidu
Written by Salim-Javed
Chi. Udaya Shankar
Starring Rajkumar
K. S. Ashwath
Music by G. K. Venkatesh
Cinematography R. Chittibabu
Edited by P Bhakthavathsalam
Madhu Art Films
Release date
  • 1976 (1976)
Country India
Language Kannada

The film deals with reincarnation as the main subject, with the lead actors romancing in both the incarnations. The film was a huge success at the box-office after its release.[4] In an episode in Weekend with Ramesh , S. P. Balasubrahmanyam had revealed that Ilaiyaraaja was working under G. K. Venkatesh as a guitar player for this movie.[5] This movie introduced the concept of antihero in Kannada films.

K. V. Vijayendra Prasad , father of S. S. Rajamouli and the storywriter of Magadheera had revealed that he was inspired by this movie while writing the story for Magadheera.[6] The movie saw a theatrical run of 25 weeks.[7]




Raja Nanna Raja
Soundtrack album by G. K. Venkatesh
Released 1976
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 19:26
Label Saregama

G. K. Venkatesh composed the soundtrack and the lyrics were written by Chi. Udaya Shankar. The album consists of five soundtracks.[8] The song Thanuvu Manavu had another video version which was deleted from the movie. However, the version was used in Kashinath's 1989 movie Preyasi Preethisu (at the 12th minute).[9]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Nooru Kannu Saladu" Chi. Udaya Shankar P. B. Sreenivas, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:33
2. "Ninade Nenapu Dinavu" Chi. Udaya Shankar P. B. Sreenivas 3:38
3. "Raja Nanna Raja (Title)" Chi. Udaya Shankar Instrumental 2:28
4. "Thanuvu Manavu" Chi. Udaya Shankar Rajkumar, S. Janaki 4:25
5. "Kalletigintha Ninna" Chi. Udaya Shankar Rajkumar, S. Janaki 4:22
Total length: 19:26

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