Ranganayaki (1981 film)

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Ranganayaki (Kannada: ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ, lit.'The Heroine of the Stage'), is a 1981 Kannada film directed by Puttanna Kanagal starring Aarathi, Ambarish, Ramakrishna, Ashok, Rajanand. The film is based on the novel Ranganayaki by Ashwattha.

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Film poster
Directed byPuttanna Kanagal
Produced byB. Thimmanna
Written byAshwattha
Screenplay byPuttanna Kanagal
Based onRanganayaki
by Ashwattha
Music byM. Ranga Rao
CinematographyS. Maruthi Rao
Edited byV. P. Krishna
Distributed bySri Ashok Arts
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)


Ranganayaki is a theater artiste who plays the lead female role in all the plays staged by the drama company owned by her foster-father. When a rich man, Nagaraja, falls in love with her, she marries him and draws the curtain on her career. The drama company falls on tough times after her departure. On one occasion, when the drama company faces an emergency with the new actress absconding, Ranganayaki dons the grease paint to save her father's reputation. This one act ends her marriage, and her husband leaves town with their year-old son.

Ranganayaki returns to theater but with the death of her father, and in the face of mounting losses is forced to close the drama company. Supported by her foster-brother Ramanna she goes onto become a popular movie heroine 'Mala'. Twenty years later, Shekhar, a college student, not only becomes her most ardent fan but also becomes besotted by her. Neither is aware of their true relationship - that they are mother and son. A chance meeting with her ex-husband makes 'Mala' yearn to meet her son. While circumstances make sure this does not happen, by the time Shekhar realizes the truth about her identity, 'Mala' who suffers from bouts of depression, would have taken her own life.



Sl No Song Title Singer (s) Lyrics
1 "Mandhara Pushpavu" P. Jayachandran, S. P. Sailaja Vijaya Narasimha
2 "Hrudaya Jhenkara" S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubramanyam K. Prabhakar Shasthry
3 "Premadalli Snehadalli" S. P. Balasubramanyam M. N. Vyasa Rao
4 "Jai Jagadambe" S. Janaki Vijaya Narasimha
5 "Kannada Naadina" S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja K. Prabhakar Shasthry



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