Film VCD cover
|Directed by||Sunil Kumar Desai|
|Produced by||Sarovar Sanjeev Rao|
|Screenplay by||Sunil Kumar Desai|
|Story by||Sunil Kumar Desai|
|Cinematography||H. C. Venugopal|
|Edited by||R. Janardhan|
|Budget||est. ₹2 crore|
Sparsha (English: The Touch) is a 1999 Indian Kannada film written and directed by Sunil Kumar Desai. It stars Sudeep, Rekha and Sudha Rani in lead roles. Naveen Mayur, Sihi Kahi Chandru, Kashi, Umashree and Vanishree feature in supporting roles.
Upon theatrical release on 23 July 1999, the film opened to widespread positive response from critics and filmgoers. However, the screening had to be stopped after bandh was called for in most towns and cities and towns of Karnataka following the abduction of Rajkumar, the Kannada actor, in July 2000, thereby affecting the film's collections. After normalcy resumed, the film completed a 100-day run in theatres.
Sudeep (Sudeep) is a film actor and model. He falls in love with Suma (Rekha) during a film shoot in Ooty. They meet each other, share their views and Sudeep meets with Suma's family. These incidents educate Sudeep that those who are make some mistakes they themselves correct and apologies next when Sudeep rushing to see off his lover at the Ooty railway station, accidentally knocks an unknown young woman, Radha (Sudha Rani), into the path of a moving train. Radha does not see who knocked her over, but only catches a glimpse of the jacket he wears. The accident causes her to lose a leg, as well as the love of her fiancé. Sudeep rushes to the accident spot and takes her to the hospital. He takes care of her, but restrains from telling both Radha and Suma that he was responsible for the accident. To avoid the consequences, Sudeep offer to marry Radha. Suma hurt by his sudden change of heart, but accepts his decision. Radha accepts his offer too, but continues to hunt for the man who knocked her over.
Prior to Sparsha, Sudeep had appeared in minor roles in Thayavva (1997) and Prathyartha (1999). The director of the latter film, Sunil Kumar Desai, was roped to direct Sparsha by Sudeep's father Sarovar Sanjeev, who produced the film under the banner Sarovar Productions. Filming which began in early 2000 had to be stopped a few days into, after Sudeep fell ill from typhoid. He "lost weight" and "looked haggard" before the shooting resumed. Filming took place for a period of 99 days in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Darjeeling, Ooty, Kushalnagar and Chikmagalur.
|Soundtrack album by Hamsalekha|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
Hamsalekha scored for the film and its soundtracks, also penning lyrics for the soundtrack with Shyamsundar Kulkarni, K. Kalyan, Itagi Eeranna, Doddarange Gowda and R. N. Jayagopal. The album consists of eight tracks and was distributed in the market by Akash Audio.
|1.||"Managala Sarigama Prema"||Shyamsundar Kulkarni||Rajesh Krishnan, Archana Udupa||6:07|
|2.||"Ivale Avalu"||K. Kalyan||Hariharan||5:17|
|3.||"Chandakintha Chanda"||Itagi Eeranna||Pankaj Udhas||5:53|
|4.||"Oho Chenne"||Hamsalekha||Hariharan, K. S. Chithra||5:10|
|5.||"Paduvana Dikkinaage"||Doddarange Gowda||C. Ashwath, B. Jayashree||5:03|
|6.||"Sangathi Heegeke"||R. N. Jayagopal||Rajesh Krishnan, K. S. Chithra||5:02|
|7.||"Bareyada Mounada Kavithe"||R. N. Jayagopal||Pankaj Udhas, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Archana Udupa||5:29|
|8.||"Kanasali Kaaduva Hudugi"||Doddarange Gowda||Sonu Nigam, Kavita Krishnamurthy||5:40|
Release and response
The film was released theatrically on 9 June 2000. After a good run in Karnataka having overwhelming response from audiences, it was 'special' screened in parts of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Between 2001 and 2002, it was screened in various parts of the US including Cleveland, Detroit, Washington DC, Chicago, Fremont, California and Dallas.
The film received mixed to positive reviews from critics upon release. M. D. Riti reviewed the film for Rediff.com and wrote, "Desai relies largely on music to carry this film through. But the music is, of course, of a very different genre: it is soft, melodious and full of Kannada shayari." Despite rating the film well, she felt that it lacked the "special appeal that Desai's earlier films, Beladingala Baale and Nishkarsha had". She further wrote, "Where Sparsha seems to fall short is in the acting skills of its lead pair. Rekha comes across as rather wooden, while Sudeep certainly has the chocolate box good looks that his role calls for, but fails to deliver any powerful histrionics." Adding to it, she rated the music highly before concluding writing, " If only the stars had had more charisma or talent, this film by Desai might have made him even better remembered than his past ventures." The reviewer for Screen felt that it was a "touching, gripping, captivating and worth-watching film only for the last half an hour." They added Desai's "touch of dexterity is ... missing in some places. His usual verve and agility is not found in this film." They called the music "pleasant to the ears with three songs scored melodiously", editing "jerky" and that the "cinematography by Venu is the high point of the film". Performances of the leading pair, Sudeep and Rekha, were commended in that they "show promise".
Awards and nominations
- Best Lyricist — Itagi Eeranna
- 2001 Asianet Kaveri Film Awards
- Best Director — Sunil Kumar Desai
- Best New Face of The Year (Male) — Sudeep
- Best New Face of The Year (Female) — Rekha
- Best Cameraman — H. C. Venugopal
- Best Music Director — Hamsalekha (also for Shabdavedhi)
- Best Lyricist — Hamsalekha (also for Shabdavedhi, Yajamana and Preethse)
- 2000 Videocon–Suprabhata Awards
- Best Film
- Best Director — Sunil Kumar Desai
- Best Newcomer Actor — Sudeep
- Best Newcomer Actress — Rekha
- Best Cinematographer — H. C. Venugopal
- Best Editor — R. Janardhan
- The Karnataka Welfare Association For Blind
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- "Meena wins award for best actress". rediff.com. 15 October 2001.
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