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|Directed by||S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu|
|Produced by||S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu|
|Screenplay by||S. V. Rajendra Singh Babu|
|Story by||V.M. Joshi|
|Cinematography||D. V. Rajaram|
|Edited by||Gautam Raju|
Muttina Haara (English:Pearl Necklace) is a 1990 Indian Kannada war drama film directed by Rajendra Singh Babu. It stars Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini Maniratnam in the lead roles. The film speaks of the toil of warfare on the soldier life played by Vishnuvardhan. The movie is based on the 1932 movie A Farewell to Arms and the 1957 movie A Farewell to Arms.
The movie is set in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. The protagonist is a Coorg soldier who fights in World War II and in India's wars against China.
Achappa (Vishnuvardhan) is a soldier from Madikeri who is injured while the Second World War is raging. In the hospital he meets an Army nurse (Suhasini) who is also from Coorg. After the War both get married in Madikeri. Achappa goes back to the Army and his wife lives with her in-laws. She has Achappa's son but she becomes barren after giving birth. The son is named Viraj but Achappa hasn't seen him as he hasn't had a break from the Army.
India becomes independent and partitioned. Achappa is stationed on India's border in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, Viraj is a couple of years old and Achappa longs to see him. So his wife and son travel to meet him. But then tension breaks between India and Pakistan along the border. Viraj becomes a casualty even before his father gets to see him. Achappa and Suhasini are aggrieved; she becomes an Army nurse again. Despite Suhasini's insistence, Achappa refuses to remarry for the sake of having another child. They remain faithful to each other and live like this as years pass by.
Achappa becomes an Army Major, and he trains young army men in the Army institute of Dehradun. One day Achappa's aged parents from Mercara come to live with him. They have been kept in the dark about Viraj's death and so they long to see their grandchild. When they come to know the truth, Achappa's unwell mother can't bear the shock and she dies. Meanwhile, the Indo-China War breaks out and Achappa is sent to the border with his troop. Achappa and his troop are captured by the Chinese and tortured. But Achappa remains loyal and doesn't reveal what his Chinese interrogators want. In his troop is a young, promising soldier (Ramkumar) whom Achappa treats as his son. They manage to escape into the Indian border but are mortally wounded. Achappa dies there while his protégé dies in the army hospital. Achappa's corpse has a war hero's funeral honoured by the country, but Suhasini loses her sanity.
The title, meaning a string of pearls, stands for what Achappa promises his wife; every year he buys a pearl and gives it to her with the hope that one day she can make a necklace of it. She does get her pearl necklace complete only to have it broken at Achappa's funeral. The movie depicts how war affects a soldier's life and his family. The film opens with a scene where Hitler is shown giving a speech. The backdrop is the Second World War in which Achappa the soldier is abroad fighting. When his young son becomes a casualty in another war (in 1947, against invading Pakistan) the mother buries him in the sand dunes while vultures hover overhead. While the soldier and his wife pass by the same spot the mother runs to uncover the corpse but Achappa stops her, hence the father never gets to see his son. The film ends with the funeral of the soldier at the time of the India-China War and his wife becoming insane. Skeletons riding horseback through darkness are shown at the start and the end of the movie. This is a metaphor for the ravages of war. The movie is not just a family saga but it depicts a larger dimension, it shows the devastating effects of war. Imperialists start war for their own greed but ultimately it is the people who suffer. Director Rajendra Singh Babu has conveyed a strong message - stop war.
- Vishnuvardhan as Major Achappa
- Suhasini Maniratnam as Annapurna
- K. S. Ashwath as Achappa's father Retired Havaldar Belliyappa
- Ramkumar as Mohan
- Master Anand as Vira Raju-Son of Achappa & Anu
|Soundtrack album by Hamsalekha|
|Released||2 March 1989|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|1.||"Madikeri Sipaayi"||Hamsalekha||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||4:40|
|2.||"Kodaginolu Bedaginolu"||Hamsalekha||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:13|
|3.||"Saaru Saaru Miltry Saaru"||Hamsalekha||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Latha Hamsalekha||5:01|
|4.||"Kodagina Veera"||Hamsalekha||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra||5:56|
|5.||"Devaru Hoseda Premada Daara"||Hamsalekha||M. Balamuralikrishna, K. S. Chithra||6:01|
- WON – The National award for best movie under the regional category.
- 'Karnataka State Film Awards' 1990-91
- It screened at 14th IFFI mainstream section.