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Bandhana poster.jpg
Directed by Rajendra Singh Babu
Produced by Rajendra Singh Babu
Screenplay by H. V. Subba Rao
Rajendra Singh Babu
Based on Bandhana
by Usha Navarathnaram
Starring Vishnuvardhan
Jai Jagadeesh
Music by M. Ranga Rao
Cinematography D. V. Rajaram
Edited by V. P. Krishna
Rohini Pictures
Release date
Running time
153 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Bandhana is a 1984 Indian Kannada language romantic drama film directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, based on a novel by Usha Navaratnanram of the same name, and starring Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini in the lead roles.

At the 32nd National Film Awards, the film was awarded the Best Feature Film in Kannada. It also won two awards at the 1984–85 Karnataka State Film Awards; Best Actor (Vishnuvardhan) and Best Music Director (M. Ranga Rao). In addition to this, Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini won the awards for Best Actor and Best Actress categories at the South Filmfare Awards. The film is seen as a milestone in Kannada cinema.[1] The film was remade in Tamil as Premapasam with Sivakumar and Revathi.


The story is about a doctor, Harish (Vishnuvardhan), who falls in love with his student Nandini (Suhasini). Harish tries to express his feelings to her but fails to do so. When he finally musters the courage to tell her that he loves her, she tells him that her marriage is fixed to Balu (Jai Jagadish), her childhood friend and sees the former like a guru. Harish is unable to forget her and slowly withdraws into a shell. His mother tries to get him out of this shell but dies from burns. Meanwhile, Jai Jagadeesh starts suspecting his wife because she gives importance to the hospital and not him and starts misbehaving with her at home. Nandini discovers that Harish has heart enlargement and may not survive for long. Since he has no family, she starts taking more care of him in the hospital. This frustrates her husband even more and he misunderstands Harish and fights with him in the hospital. Nandini goes to her residence to explain to her husband but discovers that her husband has abused a lady who was staying in their house (maid). She decides to leave him but Harish tries to convince her husband that his relationship with Nandini is pure and that he has misunderstood them. Jai Jagadeesh misbehaves with him again leaving his wife hurt while trying to make sense with her husband. Finally, Harish saves Nandini's baby but dies. Nandini divorces her husband and moves on with her just born child.



The movie ran for 25 weeks in many theatres.


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Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by M. Ranga Rao
Released 1984
Recorded Prasad Studios
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Sangeetha
M. Ranga Rao chronology
Benki Birugali
Bedaru Bombe

M. Ranga Rao composed the soundtrack, and the lyrics were written by R. N. Jayagopal. The album consists of four soundtracks.[2] The track of Banna Nanna Olavina Banna was based on the tune of the soundtrack Per Qualche Dollaro In Più - Spanish Intro Opening Theme from the 1965 movie For a Few Dollars More.[3]

1."Banna Nanna Olavina"R. N. JayagopalS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, chorus 
2."Ee Bandhana"R. N. JayagopalK. J. Yesudas, S. Janaki 
3."Noorondu Nenapu"R. N. JayagopalS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 
4."Premada Kadambari"R. N. JayagopalS. P. Balasubrahmanyam 


  1. ^ "Politics likely to 'caste' a role in film body polls". The Hindu. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bandhana (1984)". 20 January 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 
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