Nammoora Mandara Hoove

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Nammoora Mandara Hoove
Namoora Mandara Hoove Promotional Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed bySunil Kumar Desai
Written bySunil kumar Desai
Screenplay bySunil Kumar Desai
Story bySunil Kumar Desai
Produced byJayashri Devi
CinematographySundaranath Suvarna
Edited byR. Janardhan
Music byIlayaraja
Chinni Films
Distributed byYash raj Films
Release date
5 August 1996
Running time
168 minutes

Nammoora Mandara Hoove (transl. The flower grown in our town) is a 1996 Indian Kannada-language film directed by Sunil Kumar Desai starring Shiva Rajkumar, Ramesh Aravind and Prema in lead roles.[1] It's considered one of the all-time blockbuster romantic movies in Kannada Film Industry. The film received two awards at the 1996–97, Karnataka State Film Awards including Best Child Actor – Male for Master Vinayak Joshi and Best Female Playback Singer for K. S. Chithra.

The film was also a milestone movie in the career of its lead actors Shiva Rajkumar, Ramesh Arvind and Prema.[2] It was a huge success at the box-office. The music composition by Ilaiyaraaja was received with much accolades with the songs continuing to frequently play in the air waves. Following a 22-week run in Bangalore, it was screened in a few screens in the United States.[3] The film was remade in Tamil language as Kangalin Vaarthaigal.


Manoj (Shiva Rajkumar) is a film director, whose father is a singer and Music composer. He tells his producer (Avinash) that he plans to visit different locations for his forthcoming film. He decides to go to Karwar, which is 322 miles north west of Bangalore, in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. He then plans to stay with Praveen (Ramesh), a close friend, who lives in Yellapur, also in Uttara in order to see the location, and to shoot the location on video. Praveen says that Pramod Hegde is the best person to guide him.

Next day, Manoj goes for a walk by the beautiful Satoddi Waterfalls, where he hears a girl with a beautiful voice. He films her, but when she sees him, she runs off. Then he meets a young lad, Deepu (Master Vinayak Joshi), to whom he shows the girl he has filmed in his video camera, and asks who she is. He tells her that she is his sister, Suma (Prema). Manoj is intrigued by the girl, and the sound of her voice. He gradually falls in love with her. He meets Shivram Dixit, her singing teacher, and Praveen's friend, Pramod who is to be his guide. Then Praveen introduces him to Suma ? they look at each other, with love in their eyes.

There is a cry, Deepu has fallen in the well. Everyone runs to the well, and Manoj and Pramod jump in to save him. Manoj gives him artificial respiration, and everyone is relieved when he finally breathes again. Suma signals her gratitude to Manoj. They decide to go for a picnic to Yana, a place famous for two massive black, crystalline limestone rock outcrops, the Bhairaveshwara Shikhara and the smaller Mohini Shikhara. They take Suma, Praveen, Sudha (Praveen?s sister), Pramod and Maruthi (Praveen's servant). Manoj tells Suma that he loves her, and Suma begins to gradually fall in love with Manoj. Another girl, Jaji, arrives on the scene. Maruthi (to whom her father had promised her in marriage) had told her father that he had seen her out with Mahadev, whom she says she loves. Her back is bruised, where her father had beaten her because of what Maruthi had told him.

Manoj tells Praveen that Suma could become a very famous singer. He says he will make a recording of her voice, and send it to his father. Praveen is delighted, and so is Suma. He also sends a video cassette of her to his mother, and later tells her that she is the girl he wants to marry. However, Praveen starts to behave differently way. Sudha, his sister realises that Praveen has loved Suma for a long time, but has never told her of his love for her, and Sudha tells him that she is going to tell Manoj but Praveen makes her promise not to tell anybody. Manoj overhears this conversation and decides to sacrifice his love for Praveen but Praveen also decides to sacrifice his love for Manoj. Who will marry Suma?



The entire movie was shot without a screenplay. It is a true story of one of the Sunil Kumar Desai's assistant directors. The film was entirely shot at Yana, Yellapura, Yekkambi, Sirsi and Banavasi in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.[4][5]


Nammoora Mandara Hoove
Nammoora Mandara Hoove album cover.jpg
Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by
Released26 December 1995
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelLahari Music

Ilaiyaraaja composed the background score for the film and the soundtracks. The lyrics for the soundtracks were penned by K. Kalyan, V. Manohar, S.M.Patil and Doddarange Gowda. The album consists of seven soundtracks.[6] The album was well received and is considered a major contributor in the film's success.[7] All the songs were retained in the Tamil remake version.

1."Halli Laavaniyali Laali"K. KalyanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chithra4:41
2."Hele Kogile"K. KalyanChithra4:59
3."Omkaaradi (Female Version)"S. M. PatilChithra4:55
4."Mutthu Mutthu Neera Haniya"K. KalyanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chithra5:09
5."Dheem Thakita"V. ManoharS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:36
6."Manadaase Hakkiyaagi"DoddarangegowdaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Manjula Gururaj5:03
7."Omkaaradi (Duet)"V.ManoharIlaiyaraaja, Chithra4:55
8."Ga ga ri ri ga (Aalaapa)"- 00:30
Total length:34:48


  • Sunil Kumar Desai attained cult status after this movie.
  • The place Yana became a famous tourist spot after this movie.
  • Ramesh Arvind earned the name Thyagaraja after the character he played in this movie.
  • Shivarajkumar's cap "Mandara" became very famous and "Mandara" became brand for cap and bags for a few years.
  • Ramesh and Shivarajkumars Wishing style "hey hey"- "ho ho" is even stands a brand identity for their friendship.
  • Locality of the Uttara kannada and the Havyaka kannada, a type of Kannada language which is used in the movie became more popular after the movie's success.


  1. ^ Manjula (20 August 2020). "Ramesh Aravind Shares Nostalgic Memories From Nammoora Mandara Hoove Sets Yana". The Hans India.
  2. ^ "I want to direct a movie soon". Deccan Herald. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Nammoora Mandara Hoove run". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ "The legend of Yana rocks". Archived from the original on 10 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Hot films, cool locales". Archived from the original on 11 May 2017.
  6. ^ "Nammoora Mandara Hoove (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  7. ^ Vishakha N. (25 January 2002). "Musical from an ace director". The Music Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2014.

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