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Bangarada Manushya

Bangaarada Manushya
File:Bangaaradha Manushya DVD cover.jpg
Film VCD cover
Directed by Siddalingaiah
Produced by R. Lakshman
Screenplay by Siddalingaiah
Based on Bangaarada Manushya 
by T. K. Rama Rao
Starring Rajkumar
Music by G. K. Venkatesh
Cinematography D. V. Rajaram
Editing by P. Bhaktavatsalam
Studio Kanteerava Studio
Distributed by Srinidhi Productions
Release date(s) 7 September 1972
Running time 174 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Kannada

Bangaarada Manushya (Kannada: ಬಂಗಾರದ ಮನುಷ್ಯ) is a 1972 Indian Kannada language film based on T. K. Rama Rao's novel, directed by Siddalingaiah. It stars Rajkumar and Bharathi in lead roles. The film ran for over two years at the States Theatre (now Bhumika Theatre) in Bangalore.[2] The music for the film was composed by G. K. Venkatesh. All the five songs of the film became hits.

The film was panned by critics upon its release. However, it went on to become a massive hit and is today viewed as a milestone in Rajkumar's career.


The plot of Bangaarada Manushya revolves around Rajeeva (Rajkumar), who comes to visit his sister (Adeevani Lakshmidevi), only to find the sister's husband dead and the family in need of financial help. After their elder brother (Loknath) leaves without providing any help, he decides to stay with his sister and help them out.

With the help of the village head and family friend Rachutappa (Balakrishna), he gets back the family owned land and starts cultivating it. He also sends the two sons of his sister, Keshava (Vajramuni) and Chakrapani (Srinath), to city for higher studies and also helps a friend of theirs with education. He resurrects 25 acres (100,000 m2) of land that were left out by the villagers as barren land, and becomes rich. He also is in love with the neighbor's daughter (Bharathi Vishnuvardhan), whom he plans to marry eventually.

The two kids complete their studies and are married off, one of them to his brother's daughter. Now the downhill starts, with his wife dying in an accident and one of the sister's sons questioning his loyalty. Eventually he walks out of the family without a trace.



The soundtrack of the film was composed by G. K. Venkatesh with lyrics penned by Hunsur Krishnamurthy, Chi. Udaya Shankar, R. N. Jayagopal and Vijaya Narasimha.[1]


# Title Singer(s)
1 "Nagu Naguta Nali" P. B. Sreenivas
2 "Aagadu Endu" P. B. Sreenivas
3 "Aaha Mysooru Mallige" P. B. Sreenivas, P. Susheela
4 "Baala Bangaara Neenu" P. Susheela
5 "Hani Hani Goodidre" P. B. Sreenivas, P. Susheela


Bangaarada Manushya had a tremendous impact on moviegoers. Some city youth, inspired by the movie's central theme—returning to one's ancestral village—left their jobs, came back to their respective villages and took to agriculture.[3]

The Book Bangarada Manushya

A.N. Prahlada Rao is the author of a book named Bangarada Manushya, the chronicle of Dr. Rajkumar, a popular Kannada film actor. The book Bangarada Manushya surmises the achievements of Dr.Rajkumar both on and off the screen. The book closely examines Rajkumar’s films, dividing them into those that dealt with mythology, on novels and the social dramas. It also explores his role of a singing star, and includes photographs from his films and other achievements. This book is a referral volume on Kannada film industry, for it is rich in details of the growth and evolution of the Kannada Film Industry. The book released at Washington D.C, New Jercy and also at Kuwite.

Rajkumar: The Inimitable Actor With A Golden Voice

The English translation of the book Bangarada Manushya named Rajkumar: The Inimitable Actor With A Golden Voice was released in New Jersey, United States on 10 May 2008. The same book was released in London, England by Edward Thamson, Senator during the month of August 2008. The late thespian Rajkumar, who made Kannadigas proud with his brilliant acting skills and his golden voice, the book dedicated to him, in English. Rajkumar: The Inimitable Actor With A Golden Voice was released by the actor’s wife Parvathamma Rajkumar in May 2008 at Bangalore also. She handed over the first copy to Professor K.S.Nissar Ahemed the famous poet and Padmshree Awardee. The book, originally written in Kannada by A.N. Prahlada rao, and titled Bangarada Manushya (The Golden Man), was first released in 2005 in the presence of Dr.Rajkumar himself. It ran into four editions and sold over 15,000 copies. The book has been translated into English by literary critic C.N. Ramachandran and journalist Alladi Jayashri. Published by Sapna Book House, Bangalore. To mark the completion of 75 years of Kannada film industry, the book has been released in New Jersey, America on May 10, 2008 sponsored by Brindavana, the Kannada Association of New Jersey. On this occasion the author A.N. Prahalada Rao and his wife Mallika Prahlad has been honoured by the resident Kannadigas from New Jersey, New York, Washington DC and other surrounding cities.


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