Geetha (film)

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Kannada film Geetha poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Shankar Nag
Produced by Pramod Narayan
Screenplay by
  • Arundathi Nag
  • Shankar Nag
Story by
  • Shankar Nag
  • Padmavathi Rao
Music by Ilayaraja
Cinematography B. C. Gowrishankar
Edited by P. Bhakthavathsalam
Pushpa Production
Distributed by
  • Padmashri Pictures
  • Kushtagi Films
Release date
  • 1981 (1981)
Running time
125 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Geetha is a 1981 Indian Kannada romance drama film directed by and starring Shankar Nag in the lead role, alongside Padmavathi Rao.[1] The supporting cast features K. S. Ashwath, Ramesh Bhat and Gayathri.[2] Ilayaraaja composed the soundtrack and the background score for the film that and was declared a blockbuster musical hit. The track "Santhoshakke" from the film became widely popular in Karnataka and is still performed for in concerts and other events.[3]


Geetha (Padmavathi Rao) is a college-going student, who has co-organised a charity concert in her college. Sanjay (Shankar Nag), a singer, performs at the show singing the track "Santhoshakke". Floored by performance and his good luck, she pursues him. A university champion in badminton, she invites him to her club to play, with an intention to get closer to him and succeeds. However, Geetha suffers from an illness, the symptoms of which is seen in her holding her neck tight and screaming. Her father Srinivas (K. S. Ashwath) suffers from a heart ailment. Following another of Sanjay's concert, she confesses her love to him. He, however fails to remember her every time, and eventually, falls in love with her.

On diagnosis, it is revealed to Geetha's mother, Dr. Mukta (Sowcar Janaki) that she suffers from blood cancer, which is not revealed to her father and her. Eager to learn to drive a car, Geetha pesters Sanjay. Sanjay flusters every time she asks him, and finally reveals to her about his ex-girlfriend Sunanda, who succumbed as a brake failed vehicle she was driving exploded. Deciding to get married, Sanjay speaks to Geetha's mother, when she reveals to him of the latter's illness. The illness takes a toll on Geetha's eyes and loses her eyesight among other visible bodily wounds. Sanjay, with the help of Dr. Rudrappa (Lohithashwa) gets an Interferon drug, an alleged cure of cancer, imported from California. He collects it from the airport and Geetha breathes her last by the time he arrives at her house with the drug.



Soundtrack album by Ilayaraja
Released 1981
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 26:47
Label Sangeetha Music
Ilayaraja chronology
Chinnari Chitti Babu
Janma Janmada Anubandha

Ilayaraaja composed the background score for the film and the soundtracks, and lyrics were written by Chi. Udaya Shankar. The album consists of six soundtracks.[4] Ilayaraja later adapted the track "Jotheyali" as "Vizhiyile Mani" for Nooravathu Naal and also as "Jaane Do Na" for the 2007 Hindi film Cheeni Kum. "Nanna Jeeva" was adapted as "Devan Thandha Veenai" for Unnai Naan Sandhithen. "Kelade" was adapted as "Devathai Ilam Devi" for Aayiram Nilave Vaa.

Track listing
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Geetha" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:11
2. "Santhoshakke" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:16
3. "Kelade Nimageega" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:11
4. "Yene Kelu" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:36
5. "Nanna Jeeva" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:10
6. "Jotheyali" Chi. Udaya Shankar S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:23
Total length: 26:47


  1. ^ Kumar, Sheila (23 September 2016). "Living the dream: Bengaluru-based Padmavathi Rao is turning in a series of sensitive performances". Archived from the original on 25 September 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Geetha (1981)". 25 March 2013. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vasundhara rocks Kudla fans". The Hindu. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  4. ^ "Geetha (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - EP". iTunes. Retrieved 8 November 2014.