A (Kannada film)

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A 1998 Kannada film poster.jpg
Directed by Upendra
Produced by B. Jagannath
B. G. Manjunath
Written by Upendra
Screenplay by Upendra
Story by Upendra
Starring Upendra
Music by Gurukiran
Cinematography H. C. Venu
Edited by T. Shashikumar
Uppi Entertainers
Distributed by B V Ramakrishna
Release dates
  • February 12, 1998 (1998-02-12)
Running time
148 min
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 13 million (US$210,000)
Box office 200 million (US$3.2 million)

A is a 1998 Indian Kannada language blockbuster psychological love story film written and directed by Upendra.[1] It starred Upendra and Chandini as the lead couple.[2] It tells the love story between a film director and an actress which is narrated through multiple flashbacks within flashbacks and reverse screenplay. The film deals with dark truths of the film world like the casting couch. Due to the reverse screenplay, some audience members watched it multiple times to understand the story.

Upon release, A collected more than 20 crore at the box office.[3] The movie was dubbed into Telugu and released in Andhra Pradesh. The film was remade in Tamil as Adavadi.[4] It was Gurukiran's first film as a music director.[5] Upendra won the Udaya Film Award for Best Male Actor (1998) and Gurukiran won the Udaya Film Award for Best Music Director (1998).[citation needed]


  • Upendra
  • Chandini
  • Archana
  • Marina
  • Kote Prabhakar
  • Shankar Bhat
  • Vijayasarathi
  • Suchitra

Box office response[edit]

A was made at 1.25 crore and collected more than 20 crore at the box office.[6] The film ran for 25 weeks in Karnataka and its Telugu version ran for 100 days in Andhra Pradesh.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

It was described by a reviewer as "loud and disjointed, like the ramblings of a delirious mind, but made a lot of sense".[8] Its design received some praise.[9] It provoked some controversy over anti-women remarks[8] and may contain some autobiographical elements.[10]


Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Gurukiran
Released 3 February 1999
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 24:01
Label Lahiri Music

Gurukiran composed the music for the film and the soundtracks. The album has five soundtracks.[11]

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Sum Sumne"   Upendra Rajesh Krishnan 4:54
2. "Chandini"   Murali Mohan L. N. Shastry, Prathima Rao 5:03
3. "Helkollakonduru"   G. P. Rajarathnam L. N. Shastry 5:08
4. "Idhu One Day Match"   Murali Mohan L. N. Shastry 6:34
5. "Maari Kannu"   Upendra S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:22
Total length:



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