|Directed by||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
|Produced by||Parvathamma Rajkumar|
|Written by||P. Padmaraju (dialogues by Chi. Udayashankar)|
|Screenplay by||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
|Music by||G. K. Venkatesh|
|Cinematography||S. V. Srikanth|
|Edited by||P. Bhaktavatsalam|
Haalu Jenu (transl. Milk and Honey) is a 1982 Indian Kannada-language tragicomedy film that was directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and stars Rajkumar, Madhavi and Roopa Devi in the lead roles. The movie is famous for its evergreen songs, which were composed by G. K. Venkatesh. The movie was remade in Telugu in 1985 as Illale Devata, which stars Akkineni Nageswara Rao.
Haalu Jenu was known for its 70-foot (21 m)-tall cutout poster of Dr Rajkumar placed in the Santosh Theatre in Majestic, Bangalore. The film was a major success at the box office upon its release and had a theatrical run of 35 weeks. The movie, however, was removed from some cinemas after 22 weeks (150 days) to make room for Chalisuva Modagalu which was also directed by Singeetham Srinivasa Rao and had Dr. Rajkumar in the lead role.
The magazine Trade Guide published a report calling Rajkumar a Junior Hitler for alleged theatre unavailability for Amitabh Bachchan's Namak Halaal, which was released around the same time, enraging Kannada fans. Amitabh Bachchan to Bangalore to clarify the misunderstandings.
Saritha, who had earlier worked with Rajkumar on Keralida Simha and Hosa Belaku, dubbed for Madhavi in some parts in this movie. Saritha went on to dub a Telugu movie by the same director; Mayuri. This was also Singeetham Srinivasa Rao's directorial debut in Kannada. He went on to work with Rajkumar in six more movies including his 200th movie, and was also the director of the debut movies of his two sons.
Ranga (Rajkumar), a middle-class working man is happily married to Kamala (Madhavi). Kamala falls unconscious on the floor. Ranga is worried and takes her to the hospital; she has blood cancer and does not have long to live. He admits her to a cancer hospital and decides to accumulate money.
One afternoon, ranga notices Meena (Roopa Devi), a young woman, on the road; she is surrounded by men who are blackmailing her into giving them compensation for a staged accident. Ranga saves her from them. He knows Meena is Shaanthamma's (Dubbing Janaki) daughter, and that their family is very rich. Meena takes Ranga to her house and introduces him to her mother, whom Ranga tells he is a son of rich man. He thinks Shaanthamma could be source for money for his wife's treatment. He learns the weaknesses of the household members. Meena falls for Ranga and plays pranks to attract him.
One day at the hospital, Ranga hears of Dr. Varma, a famous oncologist. He asks his friend Dr. Subbu to arrange an appointment with Varma, for which he needs ₹20,000, which he obtains by selling Gopalayya's car. Ranga heads to Bombay to meet Dr. Varma, who checks up and issues a treatment instruction letter for Dr. Subbu.
Gopalayya enters Shaanthamma's house with lawyer Baratlaw to grab her property-withholding power of attorney letter (signed by Prahalad). Ranga brainwashes lawyer Baratlaw, who tears up the power of attorney letter and kicks out Gopalayya under Ranga's direction.
One day, Ranga is called for a marriage proposal with Meena by her family. Ranga escapes, saying "the wife will die after marrying him". After saying it, he rushes to the hospital to see Kamala and says he rejected the proposal. Meena leaves her house and decides to live in Ranga's house, when their family members agree to marry her to Baratlaw. Meena's father Ugra Narasimha (Shakti Prasad) visits Ranga's house to tell his family's secret of raising a boy, the son of his dead daughter Sita, and thus expressing his inability to pay convent fees from his wife due to Baratlaw. Ranga pays the boy's convent fees and takes him to his house to trick Meena into thinking he the widower father of the boy. But Meena accepts this lie. The next day, Ranga returns the boy to the convent. Ranga slaps Meena and she leaves Ranga's house and marries Baratlaw.
On the wedding day, Ranga comes in with the boy and says the boy's father is Baratlaw, who was previously married to Sita, Shaanthamma's daughter. He hands the boy over to her and Baratlaw and his father are kicked out by Gopalayya.
A few days later, Dr. Subbu calls Ranga saying they moved Kamala to the intensive care unit and mention an operation that is conducted under Dr. Varma's supervision. He asks Ranga to arrange money for operation quickly. After a refusal from Baddi Basappa, Ranga heads to Shaanthamma, asking for ₹10,000 as it is urgently needed. At the doorstep, Ranga's haters brainwash Shaanthamma from giving money. Shaanthamma orders Ranga to move out. At the same time, Kamala's health gets much worse. Understanding Ranga would be miserable, Meena gives him the money and asks the reason. He takes her to the hospital, where he finds doctors standing still and Kamala holding her last breath for Ranga's arrival. Her last words reflect on Ranga and Meena marrying each other and Kamala asks Ranga to sing the phrase "Dehavu Naanu Pranavu Neenu" ("I am the body, You are the life"). Kamala dies after completing the song.
|Thoogudeepa Srinivas||Baddi Basappa|
|Chi. Udaya Shankar||Officer|
|Musuri Krishnamurthy||Marriage broker|
|Shakti Prasad||Ugranarasimha, Meena's father|
|M. S. Umesh|
|Crew Position||Crew Member|
|Director||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
|Screenplay||Singeetham Srinivasa Rao|
|Music||G. K. Venkatesh|
|Cinematography||S. V. Srikanth|
|Art Designer||Peketi Ranga|
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1||"Aaneya Mele"||Rajkumar, Sulochana||Chi. Udaya Shankar|
|2||"Haayagi Kulithiru Neenu"||Rajkumar, Saritha||Chi. Udaya Shankar|
|3||"Baalu Belakayithu"||Rajkumar||Chi. Udaya Shankar|
|4||"Haalu Jenu Ondada Haage"||Rajkumar||Chi. Udaya Shankar|
|5||"Pogaadirelo Ranga"||S. Janaki||Purandara Dasa|
- Best Film - Parvathamma Rajkumar and Singeetam Srinivasa Rao
- Best Actor - Rajkumar
- Best Editing - P. Bhaktavatsalam
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