Miss Leelavathi

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Miss Leelavathi
Directed by M. R. Vittal
Produced by K. S. Jagannath
Written by Korati Srinivasa Rao
Starring Jayanthi
K. S. Ashwath
Music by R. Sudarsanam
Cinematography S. V. Srikanth
Edited by S. P. N. Krishna
T. P. Velayudham
Distributed by Sri Rajarajeshwari
Release date
Running time
162 mins
Country India
Language Kannada

Miss Leelavathi (Kannada: ಮಿಸ್ ಲೀಲಾವತಿ) is a 1965 Indian Kannada language film directed by M. R. Vittal and written by Korati Srinivasa Rao. It stars Jayanthi as the protagonist, along with Udaykumar, K. S. Ashwath, Ramesh and others.[1] The film won the National Award for second best film in Kannada.[2]

The film was talked about for its bold portrayal of women and was accredited of being the first Kannada feature film showing the leading lady wearing a swim suit.[3] The film was a musical hit with R. Sudarsanam as the composer.


This socially relevant movie explores the darkness of female sexuality on the screen. The lead protagonist Leelavathi (Jayanthi) is shown as a bold girl to a doting father (K. S. Ashwath) who is completely outright in wearing revealing attires and expressing her views about the pre-marital sexual acts. She also comes under many experimental circumstances in her life which makes the rest of the world highly critical about her. She is shown to finally succumb to the moral trappings of the time and her father is also ridiculed for being bringing her up more liberally.



Title Singers Lyrics
Nodu Baa Nodu Baa S. Janaki Vijaya Narasimha
Doni Saagali S. Janaki, Ramachandra Kuvempu
Hiriya Naagara P. Jayadev Vijaya Narasimha
Bayake Balli P. B. Srinivas, S. Janaki Vijaya Narasimha
Neerinalli Neenu P. B. Sreenivas, S. Janaki Vijaya Narasimha


This film screened at IFFI 1992 Kannada cinema Retrospect.


  1. ^ "Miss Leelavathi (1965)". kannadamoviesinfo.com. 
  2. ^ "13th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festival. 
  3. ^ "Miss Leelavathi 1965". The Hindu. 31 May 2008. 

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