Belli Moda

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Belli Moda
Directed by Puttanna Kanagal
Produced by T. N. Srinivasan
Written by Triveni
Screenplay by Puttanna Kanagal
Based on Belli Moda
by Triveni
Starring Kalyan Kumar
K. S. Ashwath
Pandari Bai
T. N. Balakrishna
Music by Vijaya Bhaskar
Cinematography R. N. K. Prasad
Edited by V. P. Krishnan
Release date
Country India
Language Kannada

Belli Moda (Kannada: ಬೆಳ್ಳಿ ಮೋಡ) is a 1967 Kannada movie by Puttanna Kanagal. Belli Moda literally means 'silver cloud'. It was based on a novel Belli Moda, by the acclaimed Kannada writer Triveni.


The movie examines the tumults in the lives of the people residing in the Belli Moda estate. Indira is the heiress of her father's estate, named Belli Moda. A young man, Mohan, is engaged to her and is desirous of owning the Belli Moda, and leaves to US for studies. Mohan returns from the US, only to discover that his fiancee's mother has died in labor, leaving behind a son - the new inheritor of Belli Moda. This shatters Mohan's dreams of the estate and he bitterly refuses to marry Indira. One day, Mohan falls from the mountain and is severely injured in that accident. He is nursed by Indira, and then, Mohan falls truly in love with her and proposes her marriage. However, this time, Indira refuses to marry him and breaks his heart, for he only cared about her wealth.



Bellimoda gave Puttanna the first break in his directorial venture. Kalyan Kumar, known for his sophisticated portrayal of roles, plays the antihero. Actress Kalpana is excellent as the protagonist. She later came to be known as 'Minugu Thare' (The Twinkiling Star) owing to a reference in the title song of this movie. Her residence in Bangalore was also called 'Belli Moda', as a tribute to the movie and her well-established identity owing to the same. Actors Ashwath and Pandari Bai provide great supporting performances. Music is excellent with some great songs which are etched in everybody's memory forever. This film screened at IFFI 1992 Kannada cinema Retrospect.


Karnataka State Film Awards 1967-68

  • Second Best Film
  • Best Actress – Kalpana
  • Best Supporting Actress – Pandaribai
  • Best Music Director – Vijaya Bhaskar
  • Best Screenplay – S R Puttanna Kanagal
  • Best Cinematographer – R N K Prasad
  • Best Editing – V P Krishnan

Sound track[edit]

Title Singers Lyrics
Belli Modada P.B. Sreenivas, Susheela R. N. Jayagopal
Ideega Nee Doorade P.B. Sreenivas, Susheela R. N. Jayagopal
Idhe Nanna Uttara P.B. Sreenivas, Susheela R. N. Jayagopal
Moodala Maneya Muttina Neerina S. Janaki D. R. Bendre
Muddhina Giniye Baaro Susheela R. N. Jayagopal
Odeyithu Olavina P.B. Sreenivas R. N. Jayagopal

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