Theatrical film poster
|Kannada: ಮುಂಗಾರು ಮಳೆ|
|Directed by||Yogaraj Bhat|
|Produced by||E. Krishna|
|Music by||Mano Murthy|
|Edited by||Deepu S. Kumar|
E. K. Entertainers
|Box office||est. ₹50–75 crore[note 1]|
Mungaru Male (ಮುಂಗಾರು ಮಳೆ)(lit.Pre-monsoon rain) is a 2006 Indian Kannada-language musical romance film co-written and directed by Yogaraj Bhat, and produced by E. Krishnappa. It stars Ganesh, Pooja Gandhi and Anant Nag in lead roles. The film is believed to have shaped and strengthened the careers of Ganesh, Pooja Gandhi, director Yograj Bhat, lyricist Jayant Kaikini, choreographers A. Harsha, Imran Sardaria, composer Mano Murthy and others in Kannada cinema, and made Bollywood playback singers Sonu Nigam, Kunal Ganjawala, Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal popular in the state.[better source needed]
It was the first film in India (for any language) to be screened continuously for over one year in a multiplex, and holds the record for the longest-running film at a multiplex in addition to having the highest recorded box-office collections in history of Kannada cinema and went on to become a national record in Indian cinema for running one year in PVR cinemas. It ran over 865 days in Karnataka and collected an estimated ₹50–75 crore (₹500–750 million). It was remade in 2008 in Telugu as Vaana, in 2008 in Bengali as Premer Kahini  in 2009 in Odia as Romeo - The Lover Boy and in 2017 in Marathi as Premay Namaha.
A sequel to the film titled Mungaru Male 2 was released in 2016.
Preetam (Ganesh) is on a visit to Eva Mall in Bangalore; amidst a heavy wind, he 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 Preetam thinking that he is in love with Nandini. Preetam, unaware that Jaanu has vowed not to allow anyone near Nandini, trashes Jaanu and his gang in revenge.
In Madikeri, Preetam unexpectedly meets Nandini. 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. Nonetheless, Preetam vows to marry Nandini if she meets him again. In the meantime, Preetam discovers that his nearly-deaf host in Madikeri, Col. Subbayya, is Nandini's father and that Nandini's marriage is only a week away. Dejected, Preetam throws Nandini's heart-shaped watch away. But Nandini telephones him and taunts him to return. Delighted, Preetam goes in search of her watch and spots a rabbit, which he calls Devadas, and brings it along with the watch.
Since Nandini's friends are due to arrive from Mumbai for the marriage, Preetam takes Nandini to the railway station. The train 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 or elope with her.
Nandini is now in love with Preetam and is in a dilemma as her wedding is due in a few days. She asks him to take her to the top of a waterfall where she expresses her love for him while standing at the edge.
Preetam, intent on marrying Nandini, takes Subbayya for a morning jog to discuss the matter. 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 to Gautam. The night before the wedding, Preetam goes to a road-side bar to drink. Gautam asks 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.
The next day, Preetam brings Gautam to the marriage house, just in time for the ceremony, but declines to attend. Gautam asks for the heart-shaped watch as a remembrance but Preetham leaves, unwilling to part with it. There is a search for Preetam, and only his mother knows the truth about his love, but hides her worry.
Resignedly, Preetam watches the arch proclaiming "Gautham weds Nandini". As he leaves, he spots Devadas and takes it with him. He drives towards Bangalore, all the while expressing his disappointment to Devadas, but later comes to realize that Devadas is dead.
- Ganesh as Preetam
- Pooja Gandhi as Nandini (Voice dubbed by Deepa Bhaskar)
- Ananth Nag as Colonel Subbaiah, Nandini's father
- Sudha Belawadi 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
- Sanchita Shetty as Nandini's friend
Director Yograj Bhat, who had earlier dabbled in advertising and corporate films, began working on the script of Mungaru Male. He read the script to Puneet Rajkumar who rejected it. Ganesh introduced Yograj Bhat to producer E. Krishnappa, who agreed to finance the film. Bhat cast a relatively unknown actress, Pooja Gandhi, for the lead female role in the film.
Approximately 80% of the scenes were filmed in the rain.[better source needed] Shooting locations included major part in  Sakaleshpura, Madikeri, Jog Falls Sagara, and Gadag. Krishna, the cameraman, 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.
Upon the album's release, it topped the charts with the song "Anisuthide" receiving significant 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. Composer Mano Murthy has once again created musical magic with songs like 'Anisuthidhe' and 'Onde Ondu Saari'."
|1.||"Onde Ondu Saari"||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|
The success of the film's soundtrack, especially the track "Anisutide", further propelled Nigam's playback singing career in Kannada cinema. 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 Murthy as the most-sought composer.
Indicine.com's critic rated the film 4 out of 5, describing Ganesh as the "life and soul of the movie". Other praise was directed at Gandhi, "Sanjana makes a confident debut. Veteran actor Anant Nag with his brilliant comic timing provides able support".
Box office and performance
It made with a production budget ₹2 crore (20 million), the film collected ₹50 crore (500 million) in 300 days. Then film went on to gross ₹50–75 crore (₹500–750 million) by the end of its theatrical run of 865 days. The film has also been released with 150 prints in Karnataka. This was the first Indian film which ran over a year in a multiplex: PVR cinemas Bangalore. Mungaaru Male was being screened at full theatres, one year after its release. According to reports it was the first Kannada film to touch ₹50 crore club in history of Kannada film industry.
- Industry sources indicated an approximate gross of ₹50 crore for Mungaru Male, whereas the higher ₹75 crore figure was attributed to Ganesh Bal, the film's lead actor. Financial claims made by primary sources (directors, producers, distributors, actors) should be treated with circumspection, as primary sources often have conflicts of interest and incentives to inflate box office figures.
Mungaru Male was released to 10 countries including the United States, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and Dubai. It was the highest-grossing Kannada film overseas. It had made ₹36 lakh (equivalent to ₹82 lakh or US$110,000 in 2017) in the US alone.
Awards and nominations
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). It won three Filmfare awards: best music, best direction and best film. However, it did not win a single national award from the Government of India.
|Karnataka State Award||Best Film||Mungaru Male||Won|||
|Best Director||Yogaraj Bhat||Won|
|Best Dialogue Writer||Yogaraj Bhat||Won|
|Best Cinematographer||S. Krishna||Won|
|Best Music Director||Mano Murthy||Won|
|Best Sound Recording||Tukaram||Won|
|Best Lyrisist||Jayanth Kaikini||Won|
|61st Filmfare Awards South||Best Director||Yogaraj Bhat||Won|
|Best Playback Singer – Male||Sonu Nigam||Won|
|Best Debut Actress||Pooja Gandhi||Won|
|Best Playback Singer – Female||Shreya Ghoshal||Won|
The success of Mungaru Male turned Ganesh and Pooja Gandhi into most sought-after actors in Kannada cinema. Ganesh had back-to-back commercial successes in Cheluvina Chittara (2007), Hudugaata (2007) and Krishna (2007). Ganesh and Bhat delivered two consecutive films that emerged as commercial successes, the other being Gaalipata (2008). The film also proved to be a launchpad for the career of actress Pooja Gandhi. And Gandhi also delivered back-to-back commercial films such as Milana (2007), Krishna (2007), Taj Mahal (2008) and Budhivanta (2008).
The remake rights of Mungaru Male were acquired by Mr Suryaprakash Rao of SPR Entertainers India Private Limited for ₹1.5 crore (15 million) for both the Tamil-language and the Telugu-language versions. It was reported that Boney Kapoor was planning to remake the film in Hindi starring either Imran Khan or Ranbir Kapoor.
The movie was remade in Telugu in 2008 as Vaana, in Bengali in 2008 as Premer Kahini , in Odia in 2009 as Romeo - The Lover Boy and in Marathi in 2017 as Premay Namaha, thereby becoming the first Kannada movie to be remade in three non-Hindi non-south Indian languages.
It was announced in July 2014 that Shashank would be directing the sequel of the film, titled Mungaru Male 2. Ganesh reprised his role in the film, produced by J. Gangadhar under the banner of E. K. Pictures.[needs update] The sequel was released in 2016.
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