Simhada Mari (Kannada: ಸಿಂಹದ ಮರಿ English : Lionet) is a 1997 Indian Kannada action drama film directed by Om Prakash Rao and produced by Ramu. The film features Shivarajkumar, Telugu actor Krishnam Raju and debutant Simran in the lead roles. The flash back portion which is considered to be the heart of this movie went on to be used in the Telugu movie Aadi.
|Directed by||Om Prakash Rao|
|Written by||M. S. Ramesh |
Girish kumar (Dialogues)
|Screenplay by||Omprakash Rao |
S. S. David
|Story by||Omprakash Rao|
|Edited by||R. Janardhan|
|Distributed by||Ramu Enterprises|
The film's score and soundtrack was scored by Hamsalekha and the cinematography was by T. Janardhan. It's one of the best movies in the career of Shivarajkumar. It's also considered as one of the best action movies in the Kannada film industry with high praise towards its climax. The movie has gained an immense cult following among Shivarajkumar fans.
Vishwas frequently rebels against the injustice suffered by the poor and weak at the hands of rich people. Soon, he finds that his father was murdered and sets out to seek revenge from the criminals.
- Shivarajkumar as Vishwa / Vishwanatha Simha
- Simran as Usha, Vishwa's love interest
- Krishnam Raju as Dharmadhikari Veerendra Simha
- Ambika as Vishwa's mother
- Dheerendra Gopal as Shiva
- Vajramuni as Bhupathi
- Sudheer as Venkatesha
- Tennis Krishna as Tennis Krishna
- Avinash as Vishwa's Caretaker
- B. V. Radha as Usha's mother
- Honnavalli Krishna as Honnavalli
- Vinayak Joshi as young Peter
- Master Anand as Young Vishwa's friend
- Jyothi Meena as item dancer in song "Dhekore Dhekore"
The scene in the film had 10 stuntmen jump down from a height of 20 feet in police shoes and all had their legs fractured and also camera operator Viji died on the spot. Simran, a then new actress, was roped in to play the female lead. Popular Telugu actor Krishnam Raju was chosen to play a pivotal role thereby entering the Kannada Film Industry.
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Singles from Simhada Mari|
|1.||"Ninna Kannu Nanna Kannu"||Hamsalekha||Mano, K. S. Chithra|
|2.||"Ushe Bandalamma"||Hamsalekha||Mano, K. S. Chithra|
|3.||"Manege Ondu Bagilu"||Hamsalekha||Rajkumar|
|4.||"Naanendu Nimmavanu"||Hamsalekha||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|6.||"Dekhore Dekhore"||Om Prakash Rao||Mano|
The movie ran for 150 days at few centres across the Karnataka.