|Directed by||Puttanna Kanagal|
|Produced by||C. S. Rajah|
|Screenplay by||Puttanna Kanagal|
|Story by||Giraddy Govindaraja
by Giraddy Govindaraja
by Eshwara Chandra
|Music by||Vijaya Bhaskar|
|Cinematography||B. N. Haridas|
|Editing by||V. P. Krishna|
|Distributed by||Vardhini Art Pictures|
|Release dates||23 January 1976|
|Running time||132 minutes|
Katha Sangama (Kannada: ಕಥಾ ಸಂಗಮ) is a 1976 Indian portmanteau Kannada language film is directed by Puttanna Kanagal, based on three short stories; Hangu by Giraddi Govindaraj, Athithi by Veena and Munithaayi by Eshwara Chandra. The film stars Kalyan Kumar, Rajinikanth, Saroja Devi and Arathi in lead roles. The support cast includes Lokanath, Vamana Rao, Shivaramaiah and Master Umesh. The film won three awards at the 1975-76 Karnataka State Film Awards including the Award for Best Actress (Aarathi).
The movie is based on a short story by the Kannada writer Giraddi Govindaraj. It is about a poor university professor presented with a bribe just when his son is ill and requires expensive medical treatment.
It tells the story of an old spinster who once refused to marry the man who loved her and now sees him marrying her student.
It has a story of wealthy man marrying a blind girl (Arathi) out of pity, but in his absence she is raped by an adolescent youth and later blackmailed. The husband eventually ‘forgives’ her for having been raped. Aarathi plays the role of the poor blind girl and Rajinikanth plays as a small role as a man who rapes her (Aarathi) in the absence of her husband.
- Karnataka State Film Awards 1975-76
- The film was Rajinikanth's first Kannada film and second overall.
- Director Bharathiraja was one of the assistant director of Puttanna Kanagal in this movie later became a great director in Tamil. He gave Rajini a very similar kind of role in 16 Vayathinile
The third part of this movie was later remade in Tamil by Mahendran with Rajinikanth in the lead role and Revathi playing the role of the blind girl.
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