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Directed by Puttanna Kanagal
Produced by Aarathi
Written by Jada Bharata
Screenplay by Puttanna Kanagal
Based on Dharmasere
by Jada Bharata
Starring Aarathi
Music by Upendra Kumar
Cinematography S. Maruthi Rao
Edited by V. P. Krishna
Distributed by Sri Amba Films
Release date
  • 7 March 1979 (1979-03-07)
Running time
128 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Dharmasere (Kannada: ಧರ್ಮಸೆರೆ, The Religious Bind) is a 1979 Indian Kannada language film directed by Puttanna Kanagal, based on a novel by Jada Bharata of the same name, and starring Aarathi and Srinath in the lead roles. The supporting cast features Sathyapriya, Musuri Krishnamurthy, Shivaram and Jai Jagadish.[1]


This movie explores the plight of a dumb young woman (Aarathi). Srinath the hero falls in love with Aarathi's younger sister. But the father of the girls is in the Dharmasere (the religious bind) that he can't get his younger daughter married even as the elder daughter is unmarried. So he requests Srinath to marry both of them even if it is a symbolic marriage to the elder dumb girl. As fate would have it, the younger one fails to beget offspring. Desperate for an offspring, Srinath turns to Aarathi and she promptly begets a child. This movie is a poignant portrayal of young dumb women of that era, the scorn, humiliation and neglect they faced from the society.



The music of the film was scored by Upendra Kumar and lyrics penned by Vijaya Narasimha.[2]

Sl No Song Title Singer(s)
1 "Kandaa Oh Nanna" S. P. Balasubramanyam
2 "Ee Sambhashane" S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki
3 "Mooka Hakkiyu Haduthide" S. Janaki


  1. ^ "Dharmasere (1979)". kannadamoviesinfo.com. 
  2. ^ "Dharmasere soundtrack". 

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