Gandhada Gudi

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Gandhada Gudi
Gandhada Gudi Kannada.jpeg
DVD cover of the movie
Directed by Vijay
Produced by M. P. Shankar
Screenplay by Vijay
M. D. Sundar
Story by M. P. Shankar
Music by Rajan-Nagendra
Cinematography D. V. Rajaram
Edited by Bal G. Yadav
Distributed by Bharani Chithra
Release date
  • 1973 (1973)
Country India
Language Kannada

Gandhada Gudi (Temple of Sandalwood) is a 1973 Indian Kannada-language film directed by Vijay and produced by M. P. Shankar. The film stars Rajkumar in lead role. Vishnuvardhan appears in a villainous role, though his character is redeemed at the end of the film. A similar film was then made in Telugu in 1977 as Adavi Ramudu, starring N. T. Rama Rao.[1] In 1979, it was remade in Hindi as Kartavya. Because of Gandhada Gudi's success, a sequel was made in 1995 with Shivrajkumar as the lead, titled Gandhada Gudi Part 2. The film was seen as a milestone in the careers of both Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan.[2]


Kumar (Rajkumar) is a range forest officer who goes to the Nagarhole National forest to protect the natural resources. His main rival is the poacher Anand (Vishnuvardhan) who unknown to him has been kidnapped and raised by Raja Venkatappa Naika (Balakrishna) to exact revenge on his father. In the final scenes, Anand gets hold of Kumar's mother and asks him to not interfere or that he will set fire to the forest. But Kumar shoots Anand, fatally injuring him in the chest. Venkatappa then comes in climax and reveals that Anand is Kumar's younger brother and he had done this to take revenge on his family. He tries to kill Kumar, but Anand kills venkatappa and dies on the lap of his mother.



The film has brilliant cinematography of the Nagarhole and Bandipur forest in Mysore which is the birthplace of Vishnuvardhan. The entire cast has given excellent dimensions to their role especially Vishnuvardhan who was acting in his third movie in a negative character.

During the shooting of the film where Vishuarvadan's character "shoots" Rajkumar's character's mother, the prop gun was accidentally switched to a real gun by Phabakaran, a forest ranger who realized someone took the gun. Just as Vishnuvardhan was about to pull the trigger, Phabakaran begged for him to stop.[3] The incident caused trauma for Vishuvardan and the family used to receive threatening calls and abuse from Rajkumar's fans.[4][5][6][7] Despite this, both Rajkumar and Vishuvardhan remained on good terms afterwards.


Gandhada Gudi
Gandhada Gudi audio.JPG
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Rajan-Nagendra
Released 1973
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 12:30
Label Saregama

Music for the film and soundtracks were composed by the duo Rajan-Nagendra.

Track list
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Naavaaduva Nudiye" Chi. Udaya Shankar P. B. Sreenivas 6:08
2. "Arerere Ginirama" Chi. Udaya Shankar P. Susheela 3:33
3. "Ellu Hogolla" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. Janaki, P. B. Sreenivas 2:49
Total length: 12:30


Gandhada Gudi was a box office-hit, which fetched around 3.5 million (US$52,000) in 1973. The title song, filmed on Karnataka and Kannada is still popular among the Kannadigas. The song can be heard even today on any festival or function in Karnataka.

The power-packed dialogues, confrontation and fighting scenes between Rajkumar and Vishnuvardhan are the main highlights of this movie. At that time, Rajkumar was an established leader in the Kannada moviedom, while Vishnuvardhan had acquired the image of an angry young man, with the super-successful Naagarahaavu.


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