Satya Harishchandra (1965 Kannada film)

Satya Harischandra is a 1965 Indian Kannada epic film directed by Hunsur Krishnamurthy and produced by K. V. Reddy. It stars Rajkumar in the lead role, as Harishchandra, an Indian mythological king, who was renowned for upholding truth and justice under any circumstance. The film is based on poet Raghavanka's work, Harishchandra Kavya. The supporting cast features Udaykumar, Pandari Bai, Narasimharaju, M. P. Shankar, K. S. Ashwath and Baby Padmini. This was the second Kannada movie based on king Harishchandra, the first one being the 1943 movie Satya Harishchandra.

Satya Harishchandra
Directed byHunsur Krishnamurthy
Produced byK. V. Reddy
Screenplay byK. V. Reddy
Based onHarishchandra Kavya
by Raghavanka
Pandari Bai
M. P. Shankar
Music byPendyala Nageswara Rao
CinematographyMadhav Bulbule
Edited byG. Kalyana Sundaram
D. G. Jayaram
Vijaya Productions
Release date
  • 12 April 1965 (12 April 1965)
Running time
221 minutes[1]

K. V. Reddy simultaneously produced a Telugu version of the movie also titled Satya Harishchandra starring N. T. Rama Rao. At the 13th National Film Awards, the film was awarded the President's silver medal for the Best Feature Film in Kannada.[3] The film was hugely successful at the time of its release and is seen as a milestone in Kannada cinema.[1] Satya Harishchandra was the third Indian and the first South Indian film to be digitally coloured.[4] The coloured version, released in April 2008, was a commercial success.



The film was shot mostly shot at the AVM studios in Madras (now Chennai).[1] Singeetam Srinivasa Rao worked as an assistant director in this movie.


Satya Harishchandra
Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

Pendyala Nageswara Rao composed the soundtrack and lyrics were written by Hunsur Krishnamurthy. The soundtrack album has twenty soundtracks.[5] The song "Kuladalli Keelyavudo" was well received and it was at curtain closing song for most of the stage shows in Karnataka. The song was remixed in 2017 film of same name starring Sharan.[6]

Track list
1."Vande Suranam Saramsha"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala1:12
2."Hey Chandrachooda"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela, Ghantasala2:49
3."Neenu Namage"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela, P. Susheela3:47
4."Vamshavanu Mundarisali"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala 
5."Ananda Sadana"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Susheela2:53
6."Naana Deva Dhanagalum"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala0:49
7."Sathyavanu Paalisalu"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala0:49
8."Enidi Grahacharavo"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala4:17
9."Thillana"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela, Pasumarthi Krishnamurthy4:30
10."Lakshmi Ksheerasamudra"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela1:54
11."Kaleda Kaladalu"Hunsur KrishnamurthyNagendrappa1:58
12."Kanasallu Nenasallu"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala1:33
13."Sathyavadu Naashavaaguva"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela0:51
14."Kuladalli Keelyavudo"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala3:24
15."Nanna Neenu"Hunsur KrishnamurthySwarnalatha, Jagannath2:56
16."Vidhi Vipareetha"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala, P. Leela4:57
17."Shraddhadoota Summane"Hunsur KrishnamurthyB. Gopalam3:03
18."Bhuviyalli Munigalu"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela1:01
19."Adigo Adithya"Hunsur KrishnamurthyGhantasala0:38
20."Deena Baandhava"Hunsur KrishnamurthyP. Leela, Ghantasala2:16


Satya Harishchandra was the third Indian and the first South Indian black-and-white film to be digitally coloured, after Hindi language films, Mughal-e-Azam and Naya Daur.[2] Film producer and distributor K. C. N. Gowda of M/s KCN Enterprises, teamed up with Goldstone Technologies Limited, a California based company to colour the film digitally. C. Jaganmohan, the media division business head of Goldstone Technologies said that each frame in the film was converted to colour.[7] The conversion was from the original 35 mm film to 16 mm film with colour in CinemaScope and DTS sound system.[2][8] The colourising work was carried out by a team of close to 175 personnel in Hyderabad.[8] The work on sound effect in the dialogues, background music and the musical track in the DTS system was carried out in Chennai. The entire soundtrack of the film digitally restored by music composer, Rajesh Ramanath.[9][10] The entire project costed an amount of 30 million (US$420,000).[11]


Prior to the release of its coloured version, the film had been released many times across Karnataka state. The digitally coloured film was re-released for the first time on 24 April 2008, to coincide with the birth anniversary of Rajkumar, in 35 screens across the state.[2][8] Like each of its previous releases, it completed a 100-day run.[12]

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  1. ^ a b c Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (10 July 2014). Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-135-94325-7.
  2. ^ a b c d "'Satya Harishchandra' CDs to be screened in schools soon". The Hindu. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "13th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  5. ^ "Satya Harishchandra (1965) music". Retrieved 9 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  7. ^ "Satya Harischandra coloured". 10 April 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ a b c "'Satya Harischandra' creates history". 21 April 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "'Satya Harischandra' gets facelift". Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Sathya Harishchandra comes to life in colour". The Times of India. 24 April 2008. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Sathya Harishchandra returns to screen in colour". Hindustan Times. 22 April 2008. Archived from the original on 11 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "The truth in English". The Times of India. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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