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Directed by Ravichandran
Produced by Ravichandran
Written by Ravichandran
Music by Hamsalekha
Cinematography R. Madhusudan
Edited by K. Balu
Distributed by Sri Eshwari Productions
Release date
  • 1987 (1987)
Running time
147 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Premaloka (Kannada: ಪ್ರೇಮಲೋಕ) is a 1987 Kannada musical romantic film written and directed by V. Ravichandran making his directorial debut and also produced it under Eshwari Productions. The film stars himself in lead role alongside Juhi Chawla who made her acting debut. Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish and Tiger Prabhakar made guest appearances in the film. The soundtrack was composed by Hamsalekha. The film's screenplay was adapted from the film Grease 2 released in 1982 including the tracks Back to School Again as Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare- Hogona Collajige and Who's That Guy as Yaarivanu.



The film marked the directorial debut of V. Ravichandran.[1] For the lead actress, Ravichandran rejected 52 girls before choosing Juhi Chawla as the heroine.[2] Apart from composing music, Hamsalekha has also written lyrics for all songs and dialogues for the film.[3] When Ravichandran was mulling over the theme of the film, Hamsalekha suggested him to do a musical script on the lines of Sound of Music and Grease 2.[4]

Vishnuvardhan, Ambarish and Tiger Prabhakar made guest appearances in the film.[5] Jolly Bustin who went on to become a stunt master worked as a body double for Ravichandran.[6][7]


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Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Hamsalekha
Released 7 May 1986
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 47:39
Label Lahari Music

Hamsalekha composed the music for the film and also penned the lyrics for the soundtrack. The soundtrack album consists of eleven tracks.[8] The distribution rights were bought by Lahari Music for a hitherto record price of 150,000.[9]

The music and the songs in the film were widely appreciated and created records in the audio cassette sales during the time.[10] Tulsiram Naidu (Lahari Velu) of Lahari Audio, says, "Premaloka continues to be the biggest hit among film music albums in Kannada cinema. Back then audio rights were sold for a pittance and nominally paid 100 or 1,000. With Premaloka things changed and rights began to be sold in lakhs".[11] The lyrics of the soundtrack also received acclaim from critics.[12]

Track list
No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Premalokadinda" Hamsalekha S. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas, Ravichandran 4:34
2. "Geleyare Nanna Gelathiyare" Hamsalekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 5:31
3. "Ee Nimbe Hanninantha" Hamsalekha Ramesh Weeratunga 2:59
4. "Nodamma Hudugi" Hamsalekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Latha Hamsalekha 5:14
5. "Cheluve Ondu Kelthini" Hamsalekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:19
6. "Yaarivanu Ee Manmathanu" Hamsalekha S. Janaki, Ravichandran 4:49
7. "Boy Friend Barthaanantha" Hamsalekha S. Janaki, Ravichandran 4:25
8. "E Gangu Ee Biku Kalisikodu" Hamsalekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki, Ravichandran 4:44
9. "Idu Nanna Ninna Prema Geethe" Hamsalekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 4:33
10. "Mosagaarana" Hamsalekha S. P. Balasubrahmanyam 4:21
11. "Bathroominalli" Hamsalekha Vani Jayaram 2:10
Total length: 47:39


The first few days of the film was bad at the box office. In fact, for the first three weeks, the film was considered a flop. But slowly, the film gained due to word-of-mouth publicity and repeat crowds. From the second month onwards, the film started getting houseful shows. The film rewrote history books and skyrocketed the careers of Ravichandran and Hamsalekha.[13]


One of the songs, "Nodamma Hudugi," was reused by Sundeep Malani for his Kanglish film SMS 6260 featuring Diganth, Kiran, Janu.[14] Hamsalekha would go on to compose music for many more Ravichandran films.

Premaloka was dubbed in Tamil as Paruva Ragam and in Telugu as Premalokam. Juhi Chawla recalling her experiences stated that "My 45-day shoot for Premaloka ensured that going on the set of Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak was a cakewalk. The other good thing about Premaloka was that the team was young, so it was like college buddies hanging out. [..] Since the film was a musical, it was like a party on the set. The only senior person there was our cinematographer. I fondly look back at my stint in Kannada cinema during my early days as the foundation for my career in Bollywood".[1]


  1. ^ a b "Premaloka was my acting school: Juhi Chawla - TOI Mobile - The Times of India Mobile Site". 
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  4. ^ "Sunday Herald entertainment » Musical musings - Deccan Herald - DailyHunt". 
  5. ^ "Ranadheera may do a Premaloka - Bangalore Mirror". 
  6. ^ "Such a Jolly ride". 
  7. ^ "He defies the law of gravity". 17 March 2006 – via The Hindu. 
  8. ^ "Premaloka (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Riti, M. D. (14 April 2001). "The Nightingale to sing in Kannada!". Retrieved 8 February 2017. 
  10. ^ "Hamsalekha at his ribald best". The Music Magazine. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
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  12. ^ "The sparkling native pen". The Hindu. 27 July 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Jatta - How To Support A Trend Setting Film - - Kannada Movie News, Reviews - Image". 
  14. ^ "From text to film". 3 June 2006 – via The Hindu. 

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