|Directed by||Yogaraj Bhat|
|Produced by||E. Krishna|
|Screenplay by||Yogaraj Bhat
|Story by||Yogaraj Bhat
|Music by||Mano Murthy|
|Edited by||Deepu S. Kumar|
E. K. Entertainers
|Budget||₹2 crore (equivalent to ₹3.3 crore or US$500,000 in 2015)|
|Box office||₹1 crore (equivalent to ₹1.6 crore or US$250,000 in 2015)|
Mungaru Male (Kannada: ಮುಂಗಾರು ಮಳೆ, translation: Pre-monsoon Showers) is a 2006 Indian Kannada musical romance film co-written and directed by Yogaraj Bhat, and produced by E. Krishnappa. It stars Ganesh, Pooja Gandhi, Anant Nag, Padmaja Rao in lead roles. The film is believed to have shaped and strengthened the careers of Gandhi, Ganesh, director Bhat, playback singers Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala, Udit Narayan and Shreya Ghoshal in South India and lyricist Jayant Kaikini, choreographers A. Harsha, Imran Sardaria, composer Mano Murthy and others.
The film was the first in India for any language to be screened for continuously one year in a multiplex. Overall it ran over 500 days in Karnataka. It was remade in Telugu as Vaana and in Bengali as Premer Kahini in 2008. A Hindi language version is underway.
A sequel to the film titled Mungaru Male 2 was announced in July 2014 and filming began in July 2015. Shashank is directing the film with Ganesh returning to the franchise, while music composer Arjun Janya is scoring music.
The sequence where the hero carries the heroine atop a temple-hill thereby creating an impression and feelings of love in the minds of the heroine was later copied in movies like Chennai Express and Loukyam.
The protagonist Preetam (Ganesh), on a visit to Eva Mall in Bangalore amidst a heavy wind, spots a pretty girl, Nandini (Pooja Gandhi). While staring at her, he inadvertently falls into a manhole. Nandini rescues him from the pit, but in the process loses her heart-shaped watch she had just bought.
While accompanying his mother to Madikeri, Preetam confronts a man named Jaanu (Neenaasam Ashwath). Jaanu, who has been following Nandini, beats up Preetam thinking that he is in love with Nandini. Preetam, unaware that Jaanu has vowed not to allow any one near Nandini, trashes Jaanu and his gang in return.
In Madikeri, Preetam meets Nandini unexpectedly. He identifies himself and expresses his love towards her and offers to tie the watch as an indication for their marriage. Nandini, who is already engaged rejects his request. Still, Preetam vows to marry Nandini if she meets him again. In the meantime, Preetam discovers that his host in Madikeri, Col. Subbayya (Anant Nag) is Nandini's father, who is pretty much deaf, and Nandini's marriage is a just a week away. Dejected, Preetam throws Nandini's heart-shaped watch away. But Nandini calls him over the phone and taunts him to return. Delighted, Preetam goes in search of her watch and brings it back. While searching for it, he spots a rabbit, which he calls Devadas, and brings it along.
Since Nandini's friends are due to arrive from Mumbai for the marriage, Preetam takes Nandini to the railway station. The train from Mumbai is delayed by five hours, so Nandini and Preetam decide to visit a nearby hill-temple. While returning from the temple, Preetam and Nandini are caught in rain. An old couple offers Preetam and Nandini to take shelter inside their hut. Preetam, still in two minds about expressing his love to Nandini, grabs a couple of toddy bottles, goes out in the rain and starts drinking. However, when Nandini walks towards him, offering an umbrella, he is under a state of intoxication and tells Nandini that he'd better stay away from Nandini to remain a decent boy, rather than to propose to or elope away with her.
Nandini is now in love with Preetam and is in a dilemma as her wedding is due in a few days. She requests him to take her to the top of a waterfall and expresses her love towards him, standing at the edge of the waterfall.
Preetam, intent on marrying Nandini, takes her father, Subbayya for a morning jog to discuss his marriage with Nandini. But, Subbayya a heart patient, tells Preetham that he's expected to die anytime and his only aim in life is to get Nandini married off to Gautam (Diganth). On the night before the marriage, Preetam drives away from the house without taking Devadas. He then starts drinking the whole night in a road-side bar. He finds Gautam, asking the bar-owner for directions to Subbayya's home. When Jaanu tries to kill Gautam, Preetam saves Gautam and convinces Jaanu that only Gautam is the best person to marry Nandini.
Next day, he drops Gautam to the marriage house, just in time for the marriage. He then declines to attend Gautam's marriage. Gautam asks for the heart-shaped watch as a remembrance, but, Preetham unwilling to part away with it, leaves. Meanwhile, on the wedding day, everyone is searching for Preetam, but he is nowhere to be found. His mother is the only one who know the truth about his love, and is worried of his whereabouts, but does not show her worry.
Resignedly, Preetam watches the arch proclaiming "Gautham weds Nandini". As he is leaving, he spots Devadas and takes it with him. He drives towards Bangalore, all the while expressing his disappointment to Devadas, but later he comes to know that Devadas is dead.
- Ganesh as Preetam
- Pooja Gandhi as Nandini
- Ananth Nag as Colonel Subbayya, Nandini's father
- Sudha Belwadi as Kamala, Preetam's mother
- Padmaja Rao as "Bubbly" Babita, Nandini's mother
- Neenasam Ashwath as Jolly
- Diganth as Gautam, Nandini's fiancé
- Jai Jagadish as Preetam's father
Director Yograj Bhat had earlier dabbled in advertising and corporate films. His previous ventures, Mani, starring Mayur and Radhika, and Ranga S.S.L.C., starring Sudeep Sanjeev. Bhat began working on the script of Mungaru Male. He had narrated the script to Puneet Rajkumar who rejected it. Ganesh, whose first film to be released, Chellata, was involved in the script making stage. He introduced Yograj Bhat to producer E. Krishnappa who was Ganesh's acquaintance. Krishnappa agreed to finance the film, since he knew Ganesh. Since Yograj Bhat was unable to cast well-known Kannada actresses, he signed on a relatively unknown actress, Pooja Gandhi, for the lead female role in the film.
Up to 80% of the scenes in the film were shot in the rain. Shooting locations included Madikeri, Sakaleshpura, Jog Falls Sagara, and Gadag. Krishna, the camera man was a part-time photographer prior to the film.
|Soundtrack album by Mano Murthy|
|Released||6 November 2006|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Mano Murthy chronology|
Mano Murthy scored the film's background music and its soundtrack, lyrics for which was penned by Jayant Kaikini, Yogaraj Bhat, Kaviraj and Hrudaya Shiva. The soundtrack album consists of seven tracks. Anand Audio bought the distribution rights for ₹500,000. It was released on 6 November 2006 in Bangalore.
|1.||"Onde Ondu Sari"||Kaviraj||Kunal Ganjawala, Priya Himesh||4:32|
|2.||"Mungaru Maleye"||Yogaraj Bhat||Sonu Nigam||4:49|
|3.||"Kunidu Kunidu Baare"||Jayant Kaikini||Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Stephen||4:30|
|4.||"Anisuthide"||Jayant Kaikini||Sonu Nigam||4:36|
|5.||"Suvvi Suvvali"||Hrudaya Shiva||Hemanth Kumar||4:38|
|6.||"Ivanu Geleyanalla"||Hrudaya Shiva||Shreya Ghoshal||3:47|
|7.||"Araluthiru Jeevada Geleya"||Jayant Kaikini||Shreya Ghoshal||4:38|
Upon the album's release, it topped the charts with the song "Anisuthide" proving to be massive success getting very high radio and TV air time. The album emerged as a massive success topping every Kannada music chart. It was reported that by mid-May 2007, over 200,000 copies were sold in compact discs alone. Hindustan Times reported, "The film has just completed seven weeks, but audio sales have broken all earlier records. All the songs have become hugely popular. Composer Mano Murthy has once again created musical magic with songs like "Anisuthidhe" and "Onde Ondu Saari"."
Mungaru Male was released on 29 December 2006. The satellite rights were acquired by a television channel for ₹3.6 million. The DVD of the film with 5.1 surround sound was distributed by Anand Video.
The film received average to highly positive reviews. Rediff.com awarded it a three-star rating and praised its cinematography, technical values, and the acting of Ganesh and Anant Nag, but opined that the story was flawed. Nowrunning.com felt that the film lacked a credible story line and gave too much importance to music and song picturisation. Kannada portal Thatskannada.com praised the film for its content, narration and usage of rain as a metaphor for love. Indicine.com gave it four stars.
It helped in expansion of Kannada film market, which is first of its kind. Made with a budget of ₹2 crore, the film went on to collect over ₹50 crore. Mungaru Male completed 100 days. The film has also been released with 150 prints in Karnataka. This was the first Indian movie which ran over a year in a multiplex, PVR cinemas Bangalore. Mungaaru Male was being screened at full houses, one year after its release.
The film was awarded the Best Kannada Film award for the year 2006-07 by the Government of Karnataka (seven awards in total from the Government of Karnataka). Additionally, it also won 3 Filmfare awards for best music, awarded to Mano Murthy, and best direction & best film awarded to Yograj Bhat. However, it did not win a single national award from the Government of India.
In other languages
The remake rights of Mungaru Male were acquired by Mr Suryaprakash Rao of SPR Entertainers India Private Limited for Rs.1.5 crores for both the Tamil-language and the Telugu-language versions. The Telugu-language version was released in 2008 as Vaana, meaning rain. It was remade in Bengali language as Premer Kahini. Boney Kapoor is planning to remake the film in Hindi starring either Imran Khan or Ranbir Kapoor.
It was announced in July 2014 that Shashank would be directing the sequel of the film, titled Mungaru Male 2. Ganesh would be reprising his role in the film, which would be produced by J. Gangadhar under the banner of E. K. Pictures.
The success of Mungaru Male turned Ganesh into one of the most sought-after actors in Kannada cinema. He gave back to back commercial successes Cheluvina Chittara (2007) and moderate successes Hudugaata (2007) and Krishna. The pair of his and Yogaraj Bhat had delivered two consecutive films that emerged as massive commercial successes, the other being Gaalipata (2008). The film also proved to be a launchpad for the career of actress Pooja Gandhi.
The success of the film's soundtrack, especially the track "Anisutide" sung by Sonu Nigam, further propelled his playback singing career in Kannada cinema, who was already a "singer-in-demand" following the massive success of soundtrack. With the song, lyricist and writer Jayant Kaikini's reputation as a writer of romantic songs further elevated, and is considered one of his best. The film also established Yogaraj Bhat and Mano Murthy as the most sought director and composer respectively.
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