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Bandhana poster.jpg
Directed byRajendra Singh Babu
Produced byRajendra Singh Babu
Screenplay byH. V. Subba Rao
Rajendra Singh Babu
Based onBandhana
by Usha Navarathnaram[1]
Jai Jagadeesh
Music byM. Ranga Rao
CinematographyD. V. Rajaram
Edited byV. P. Krishna
Rohini Pictures
Release date
24 August 1984[2]
Running time
153 minutes

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.[3] The film was remade in Tamil as Premapasam with Sivakumar and Revathi. [4]


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.




When director Rajendra Singh Babu cast Vishnu for a love story like Bandhana, the industry had been skeptical, for Vishnu was known more for his action roles. But the director's faith in the actor and the way Vishnu managed the role of Dr.Harish built up reputation in the industry. [6]

The script was first prepared in the late 1970s. The director wanted to cast the legendary Kalpana in the lead role of Dr. Nandini, before she died in 1979. Ambareesh was a contender for the role of Balu. By the time the shooting of the film began in 1983/84 Ambareesh was a popular "hero" and the role went to Jai Jagadish who was not only a top villain but also the director's sister Vijayalakshmi Singh's husband. Suhasini was cast to play the female lead and soon became good friends with Babu and his sister. The movie was dedicated to the late Kalpana. [7] The film was shot in several scenic areas such as Lakya Dam, Hanumanagundi Falls, Lalitha Mahal Palace, Krishnarjuna Sagar Dam, Harangi Dam and the Grand Ashok Hotel in different places such as Chikkmagalore, Mysore and Bangalore. [8]

Usha Navratnaram's novel was a literary romance that dealt with the inner feelings of the lead players. Babu with his strong command of film-making techniques, effectively adapted the novel into a screenplay rich in visuals and external drama that are required for the medium of cinema. He also showed a penchant for filming on a grander scale like the Hindi movies of the time - be it the Holi song or the prominent presence of the grand piano in the wedding song.


The movie was certified on 26 July 1984 and was released on 24 August the same year. The songs of the movie were chart busters.


The movie garnered immensely positive reviews from both critics and viewers alike. The performance of Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini received high praise while the story and direction received equally high acclaim.

The movie ran for 100 days in several theatres and 25 weeks in many first class theatres. The movie had a 30 weeks run in two theatres (a big record then) and completed 470 days of run in one movie hall. Bandhana was the highest grossing movie of the year and one of the highest grossing Kannada films of the 1980s. [9]


In Bandhana, Vishnuvardhan played the role of a doctor who fails to express his love to a girl and slips into depression on losing her to another man. The role of Dr.Harish brought him critical appreciation. The success of Bandhana was a turning point in Vishnu's career. He began acting in more family-oriented movies like Krishna Nee Begane Baro, Karunamayi, Suprabhata and carved another niche among family audience. The movie also made Dr.Vishnuvardhan - Suhasini duo a much celebrated pair onscreen. Following the immense success of Bandhana they acted together in several movies like Suprabhata, Mutthina Haara and Himapaata.

The song Noorondu Nenapu from this movie was a chart buster and later inspired a 2017 movie with the song's title. [10]

Home Media[edit]

The video rights of the movie is shared by Sri Ganesh Video and Moser Baer. The movie was released in both DVD and VCD format. [11]


  • 1985 Special Filmfare Award for best actor - Vishnuvardhan
  • 1985 Filmfare award for best actress - Suhasini
  • 1985 National Film award for best feature film in Kannada - Bandhana



Bandhana music.jpg
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by
RecordedPrasad Studios
GenreFeature film soundtrack
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. 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.[13]

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 


Directed byK.Vijayan
Music byGangai Amaran
Ram Balaji Movies
Release date

Bandhana was remade in Tamil as Premapasam. The tamil version released in 1985 had Sivakumar and Revathy in the lead roles. The movie was directed by K.Vijayan and had musical score by Gangai Amaran. [14]


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