Jedara Bale

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Jedara Bale
ಜೇಡರ ಬಲೆ
Jedara Bale.jpg
Directed by Dorai-Bhagavan
Produced by T. P. Venugopal
Written by B. Dorairaj
S. K. Bhagvan
Starring Rajkumar
K.S. Ashwath
Music by G. K. Venkatesh
Cinematography B. Dorairaj
R. Chittibabu
Edited by N. C. Rajan
Distributed by Manthralaya Movies
Release date
  • 12 January 1968 (1968-01-12)
Running time
139 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada
Budget 275,000 (US$4,300)

Jedara Bale (Kannada: ಜೇಡರ ಬಲೆ) is a 1968 Kannada spy thriller directed by Dorai-Bhagavan starring Rajkumar, Jayanthi, K. S. Ashwath, Narasimharaju and Udayakumar. The music of the film was composed by G. K. Venkatesh.[1][2]

The film is the first movie in the CID 999 Franchise created along the lines of the James Bond and James Bond - styled films. The success of this movie led to 3 sequels - Goa Dalli CID 999 , Operation Jackpot Nalli C.I.D 999 and Operation Diamond Racket.[3]

This was one of the first James Bond - styled films in India. Rajkumar was the first actor in India to enact a role which resembled James Bond.[4] The grand success of this movie led to several such attempts in other south Indian languages with top stars - Jaishankar in Tamil; Krishna in Telugu and Prem Nazir in Malayalam. The CID 999 Franchise was also the first Indian movie franchise to have four installments.[5]

Plot summary[edit]

Rajkumar plays a CID Police Agent, who is code-named as "999". The story revolves around the attempt to stop a formula which can convert any metal into gold reaching the hands of hooligans. Uday Kumar plays the honcho of the villain gang.



  • It is the first 'Bond' movie ever made in Indian cinema and to introduce cabaret dances in Indian film industry.
  • The movie had many firsts in the Kannada Industry, like the hero not using wigs, the heroine donning swim suits etc.
  • The success of the movie inspired 3 more Bond-inspired movies, all of which were made with Rajkumar:
  • Goa Dalli CID 999
  • Operation Jackpot Nalli CID 999 (debut film of Hindi actress Rekha)
  • Operation Diamond Racket
  • More movies followed like Ratnagiri Rahasya and Dwarakish's Kulla series.



  1. ^ "Jedara Bale (1968)". 
  2. ^ "Jedara Bale – ಜೇಡರ ಬಲೆ (1968/೧೯೬೮)". Kannada Movies Info. 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Jedara Bale (1968) Kannada movie". Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Versions of James Bond in Kannada". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 
  5. ^ "Feluda To Sethurama Iyer: India's Best Detectives In Film & Fiction -". 2016-04-07. Retrieved 2016-10-14. 

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