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2012 Kannada film Edegarike poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byD. Sumana Kittur
Written byAgni Shridhar
Screenplay by
  • Agni Shridhar
  • D. Sumana Kittur
Based onEdegarike
by Agni Shridhar
Produced by
CinematographyB. Rakesh
Edited byAnthony L. Ruben
Music bySadhu Kokila
Megha Movies
Release date
  • 23 November 2012 (2012-11-23)
Running time
105 minutes

Edegarike (Guts) is a 2012 Indian Kannada crime drama film directed by Sumana Kittur, based on the novel of the same name written by Agni Shridhar. It stars Aditya in the lead role. Atul Kulkarni, Achyuth Kumar, Srujan Lokesh, Dharma and Aakanksha Mansukhani Feature in supporting roles.

The film is based on the real-life incidents that occurred in the 1990s and is about cult figures in the Karnataka underworld such as Sridhar, Muthappa Rai and Bachchan.[1][2] The film opened to widespread critical acclaim upon theatrical release.[3] It won the Special Jury Award at the 6th Bangalore International Film Festival.[4]


Sona (Aditya), a hitman, decides to relinquish his life of crime which unnerves his boss, who decides to have him contract killed




Edegarike was a crime novel written by journalist Agni Shridhar in the early 2000s about the India Mafia circling around Mumbai and Bangalore headed a mafia leader from Dubai. The novel had been a chart topper for several weeks and proved a hit among readers.[5] Since then, around 15 attempts were made to adapt it into a film. Following this, Sumana Kittur who had earlier directed Slum Bala and Kallara Santhe took up the project.[6][7]

Casting and filming[edit]

Following the announcement of the film in October 2010, reports said Kishore would be playing one of the three lead roles of mafia dons in the film.[7] Bhavana had been signed in to play the female lead in the film. However, she had to back out due to health grounds, a role that eventually went to Aakanksha Mansukhani, who had earlier appeared and won praise for her performance in the 2011 Kannada film Olave Mandhara.[8][9] Aditya was then signed in to play the lead role in the film, with Srujan Lokesh to play a supporting character.[10] Filming that began in late-2011 continued for a period of 35 days in places such as Bangalore, Sakleshpur, Mangalore.[11] It completed in June 2012.[12]


Soundtrack album by
ReleasedNovember 2012
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelAnand Audio
Sadhu Kokila chronology
Sanju Weds Geetha

Sadhu Kokila composed music for the film's soundtrack, and the lyrics were written by Sumana Kittur. The album consists of one soundtrack. Kokila also sung the track.[13]

Track listing
1."Neenondu Mugiyada Mouna"Sumana KitturSadhu Kokila3:48
Total length:3:48

Release and reception[edit]


As a part of screening marking 100 years of Indian cinema, Edegarike was screened at the Puerto Rico Film Institute in 2013. It was then screened at the first edition of the Mumbai Women's International Film Festival in October 2013, as the only Indian film.[14] Following this the film was screened at the 6th edition of the Bangalore International Film Festival in January 2014, where it was awarded the Special Jury Award.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon release, the film opened to positive reviews from critics. The film's direction, screenplay and the performances of all the lead actors received praise. G. S. Kumar of The Times of India reviewed the film giving it a rating of four out of five and wrote, "Gripping narration and excellent screenplay with a touch of romance make the story quite interesting." He concluding writing praises of the performances of actors playing pivotal roles in the film.[15] Writing for Daily News and Analysis, Shruti I. L. gave the film a 3.5/5 rating and wrote, "The film remains loyal to the book and comes only with a few changes that are needed to cater to cinematic sensibilities. The script and screenplay is aptly supported by hard hitting and thought provoking dialogues" and added, "Director Suman Kittur has managed to extract stellar performances from each of her actors. Lead actors Adithya and Atul Kulkarni steal the show with their understated acts."[16] Newstrackindia gave the film a 3/5 rating and said the film "rides high on good script [and] powerful performances". It added that "a good script, background score and perfect locations back the film." The reviewer concluded praising the roles of acting, cinematography and music in the film, calling Aditya's performance "top class".[17]


Award / Film Festival Category Recipient Result Reference
Special Jury Award
Won [4]
Syed Aman Bachchan, M. S. Ravindra
Won [18]
B. Rakesh
Syed Aman Bachchan, M. S. Ravindra
Nominated [19][20]
Best Supporting Actor
Won [21]
Best Male Playback Singer
Bangalore Times Film Awards
Best Film
Syed Aman Bachchan, M. S. Ravindra
Nominated [22]
Best Director
Best Actor – Male

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Now, an underworld film by a woman director". Rediff.com. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Sumana Kittur: Actors lived the characters in Edegarike". filmibeat.com. 21 November 2012. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  3. ^ "The hunter and the hunted". The Hindu. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Three Kannada films win awards at Biffes". 2 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  5. ^ "Kannada Film Review: 'Edegarike'". daijiworld.com. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  6. ^ "'Edegarike' new combination – Sridhar". indiaglitz.com. 31 October 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Sumana on 'Edegarike'". indiaglitz.com. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  8. ^ "A mutual agreement". Deccan Herald. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Akansha Mansurkar doesn't believe in shortcuts". ibnlive.in.com. 18 August 2012. Archived from the original on 1 November 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Gandhinagar Grapevine". Deccan Herald. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  11. ^ "'Edegarike' in Mid November". indiaglitz.com. 1 November 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  12. ^ Bhat, Sriram (22 June 2012). "ಅಗ್ನಿ ಶ್ರೀಧರ್ 'ಎದೆಗಾರಿಕೆ' ಚಿತ್ರೀಕರಣ ಮುಕ್ತಾಯ" [Agni Sridhar's Edegarike completes filming] (in Kannada). Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Edegarike (Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack – Single)". iTunes. Retrieved 10 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Glory for Edegarike". Bangalore Mirror. 18 September 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  15. ^ "Edegarike review". The Times of India. 23 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  16. ^ "Review: Edegarike (Kannada)". Daily News and Analysis. 24 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  17. ^ "'Edegarike' rides high on good script, powerful performances (Kannada Movie Review)". newstrackindia.com. 25 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  18. ^ "State annual awards: Tallana is adjudged best film". 26 August 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  19. ^ "60th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 (South) Nominations". 4 July 2013. Archived from the original on 6 April 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Filmfare Awards (South): The complete list of winners". ibnlive.in.com. 21 July 2013. Archived from the original on 10 October 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  21. ^ "Udaya Film Awards winners". 6 March 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2015.
  22. ^ "The Bangalore Times Film Awards 2012 Nominations". 21 June 2013. Retrieved 10 January 2015.

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