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Not to be confused with Godhuli, 1955 Bengali film.
Directed by Girish Karnad
B. V. Karanth
Produced by B. M.Venkatesh
Chandulal Jain
Written by B. V. Karanth
Girish Karnad
Sharad Joshi (dialogue)
Based on Godhuli 
by Munshi Premchand
Starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Om Puri
Naseeruddin Shah
Cinematography Apurba Kishore Bir[1]
Release dates
Country India
Language Hindi

Godhuli (English: The Hour of the Gods) is a 1977 Hindi drama film co-directed by Girish Karnad and B. V. Karanth, starring Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah.[2]

Based on a Hindi short story by Munshi Premchand about a cow slaughter in a village turning into curse,[3] Godhuli is an allegory for nation-building and the clash of modernity with tradition in rural India. It portrays the story of a modern agriculturist who returns from US after studying agriculture and brings his American wife to the village.[4] [5] The film was made in Hindi and Kannada versions: Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane.[6][2]

Godhuli was included the 1984 International Film Festival of India (IFFI).[2] At the 25th National Film Awards, S. P. Ramanathan won the Best Audiography.[7][8] It won the Filmfare Award for Best Screenplay at the 27th Filmfare Awards for Girish Karnad and B.V. Karanth.[9]



  1. ^ Film World. T.M. Ramachandran. 1980. p. 97. 
  2. ^ a b c DIFF 1978, p. 101.
  3. ^ Somaaya, p. 161.
  4. ^ Valicha 1988, p. 81, 99.
  5. ^ Chakravarty 2011, p. 257-258.
  6. ^ Ray 2005, p. 97.
  7. ^ "25th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  8. ^ "25th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved October 4, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Best Screenplay Award". Official Listings, Indiatimes. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 


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