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DVD Cover
Directed byS. Narayan
Produced byParvathamma Rajkumar
Written byVijay Sasanur
Music byHamsalekha
CinematographyR. Giri
Edited byS. Manohar
Sri Bhargavi Arts Combines
Release date
  • 10 February 2000 (2000-02-10)
Running time
165 minutes

Shabdavedhi is a Kannada action drama film directed by S. Narayan and produced by Sri Bhargavi Arts Combines. The film, released in 2000 stars Rajkumar, Jayapradha, K. S. Ashwath, Sowcar Janaki, Umashree in lead roles. The music was composed by Hamsalekha.

This film marked the last acting venture of the celebrated actor Rajkumar. The movie is based on a novel of same name by Vijay Sasanur.[1] The film was a commercial success and completed a 25-week run at the theatres.[2]

The title refers to the Shabda-bhedi proficiency in Indian archery that involves shooting at a target not by seeing it visibility, but by hearing it. This skill comes into play in the Shravan episode in the Hindu epic Ramayana and the Pandu gets a curse episode in the epic Mahabharata.


Shabdavedhi is about Sandeep (Rajkumar), a strict police officer crusading against narcotics. The man is so straight that when his wife Vathsala (Jayaprada) refuses to reveal the identity of a key link in the drug ring that he is investigating, he beats her in lockup. Eventually he overcomes all the usual attempts to throw him off the chase like tarnishing his reputation and implicating him in lock-up death cases and tracks the ring down to its last man.



This film has its credit as the comeback film of Rajkumar after almost six years. This was the first time that S. Narayan, age of 35 directed a film starring the legendary actor. The film was shot locations such as K R Circle in Bangalore, Abhiman Studio on the city's outskirts, Rama Mandira in Rajajinagar, Kashmir. [3] Mysore's police commissioner Kempaiah has given guidance for star's uniforms in the movie.

The producer of the film had originally planned to have Bhanupriya as the female lead, but she was living abroad having married then. Jayaprada was then chosen as the female lead actor[4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


Soundtrack album by
Released1999 (1999)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Hamsalekha chronology
Naga Devathe
Hagalu Vesha

Hamsalekha composed the film's background score and the soundtrack, also writing lyrics for it. The soundtrack album consists of six tracks.[9]

Track list
1."Prema Kashmira"HamsalekhaRajkumar, Chithra5:20
2."Oh Gelathi"HamsalekhaRajkumar, Chithra5:16
3."Thayare Thayare"HamsalekhaRajkumar, Chithra5:10
4."Namma Yejamamrau"HamsalekhaRajkumar, Manjula Gururaj5:33
5."Baaro Baaro Sri Krishna Baro"HamsalekhaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:12
Total length:31:48


Shabdavedhi received mixed reviews from critics upon release. But, the film was a commercial hit with fans flocking the cinemas from day one of the release. Tickets were being sold in black for 12 times the actual price. The movie completed a run of 100 days.[10]

The first day of release was marked by an incident at Bangalore's famous Kapali Theatre. A technical snag in the audio system at the theatre reportedly led viewers to ransack the place causing the owners a loss worth 20 lakh.[11]


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  2. ^ Jabeen, Kauser (3 January 2001). "2000 -- The Kannada story". Retrieved 20 May 2021.
  3. ^ "S Narayan to quit filmmaking". The Times of India. 27 March 2012. Archived from the original on 7 July 2012.
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  5. ^ Film Review 2006-2007 - James Cameron-Wilson - Google Books. 2006. ISBN 9781905287284. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Will there be another like him?". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 12 April 2007. Archived from the original on 17 March 2008.
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  9. ^ "Shabdavedhi (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". iTunes. Retrieved 21 August 2014.
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  11. ^ "Kapali damage put at Rs 20 lakh". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 8 June 2000. Retrieved 20 May 2021.