Gokarna (film)

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Directed byNaganna
Written byK Nanjunda (Dialogue)
Produced bySudheendra Kumar
Edited byS. Manohar
Music byGurukiran
Anegudda Vinayaka Productions
Release date
  • 25 December 2003 (2003-12-25)
Running time
146 minutes

Gokarna is a 2003 Indian Kannada-language action drama film starring Upendra and Rakshita. The film was directed by Naganna and produced by Upendra's brother Sudheendra Kumar under the banner Anegudda Vinayaka Productions.[1] Music for the film was scored by Gurukiran. It is the second among a series of successful films with the Upendra–Naganna combination. The film also features Madhu Bangarappa, Tennis Krishna, S. Ramesh, Satyajith, Dr. Nagesh, and Indhudhar in supporting roles.[2] The film is a remake of the 1992 Tamil film Annamalai, which was a remake of the 1987 Hindi film Khudgarz, which in turn was based on Jeffrey Archer's novel Kane and Abel.[3][4]



After the huge success of the previous project with the Upendra–Naganna combination Kutumba, the producer of the film Shailendra Babu announced that his next film would be titled as Jai Ganesha, having the same film troupe. But the film did not take off due to conflict between Upendra and him. Upendra then gathered the same team of Kutumba (barring the producer) and decided to remake the 1992 Rajinikanth-starrer Annamalai and Venkatesh's Kondapalli Raja [5] with his brother producing it.[1] Upendra stated that while Annamalai was a story of two brothers, Gokarna portrays the story of two young friends. Rakshita was cast as the female lead opposite him. The president of the Karnataka Film Chamber Of Commerce and Madhu Bangarappa of Akash Audio made their acting debut with the film. It was reported that actress Shweta Menon was signed for an item number. A. V. Krishna Kumar served as the cinematographer, Gurukiran as composer and Thriller Manju as the stunt coordinator. The film was shot mainly in Bangalore and Hyderabad.[6]


Gurukiran scored the music for the film while Upendra and Kaviraj penned the lyrics for the soundtrack. The album consists of five tracks.[1][7] The audio release function was held at The Club, Bangalore. Actor and politician Ambareesh released the soundtrack album. The event was followed by the ramp show and dance program performed by a local dance troupe. Two songs from the film were screened for the media.[8] G. P. Rajarathnam's poem Brahma Ninge was adapted as a song for the film.[6]

Title Singers
"Aaseye Dhukkakke" Udit Narayan
"Chakkar Haaku" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Shamitha Malnad
"Bramha Ninge" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Baro Baro" Shankar Mahadevan
"Jwara Illade" Udit Narayan, K. S. Chithra

Box office[edit]

Although Gokarna turned out to be a safe bet at the box office,[9] it was not as successful as the previous film with the Upendra–Naganna combination, Kutumba. However, Gokarna completed a 175-day run in Bangalore.[10] The film was followed by yet another successful film with the same combination, Gowramma (2005).


  1. ^ a b c "Gokarna - Upendra starer remake film of Tamil hit Annamalai". www.viggy.com. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  2. ^ "Review: Gokarna". Sify. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  3. ^ Kulkarni, Vishwas (26 August 2018). "The law is catching up but is it enough to deter Bollywood plagiarism?". The National.
  4. ^ "Khudgarz (Base)". Independent. 4 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Now, Ramesh caught on camera!". The Times of India. Now, Ramesh caught on camera!
  6. ^ a b Srinivasa, Srikanth (30 November 2003). "Uppi and Rakshita come together in Gokarna". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 4 December 2003.
  7. ^ Gokarna, 14 October 2000, retrieved 26 October 2016
  8. ^ "Kannada film of Upendra - Gokarna audio released". www.viggy.com. Retrieved 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Telugu Cinema News | Telugu Movie Reviews | Telugu Movie Trailers - IndiaGlitz Telugu". Archived from the original on 24 October 2004.

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