Veera Kesari

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Veera Kesari
Veerakesari.jpg
Kannadaವೀರ ಕೇಸರಿ
LiterallyBrave Lion
Directed byB. Vittalacharya
Produced bySundarlal Nahatha
Doondi
StarringRajkumar
T. N. Balakrishna
Udaykumar
R. Nagendra Rao
Music byGhantasala
CinematographyRavi
Edited byN. S. Prakasham
Production
company
Rajalakshmi Productions
Distributed byRajalakshmi Productions
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
CountryIndia
LanguageKannada

Veera Kesari is a 1963 Indian Kannada film, directed by B. Vittalacharya and produced by Sundarlal Nahatha and Doondi. The film stars Rajkumar, T. N. Balakrishna, Udaykumar and R. Nagendra Rao in the lead roles. The film has musical score by Ghantasala.[1][2] S. Siddalingaiah was the assistant director of this movie.[3] B. Vittalacharya shot the movie simultaneously in Telugu as Bandipotu, with N. T. Rama Rao. Critics have noted that the core theme of the plot is inspired by William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew.[4] This film had its climax scene in Eastmancolor. The film was a major box office success.

Story[edit]

SaptaSena Maharaja R. Nagendra Rao has lost his legs and administration is taken over by ShooraSimha (Udaykumar). ShooraSimha rules with an iron hand, torturing the masses and quelling rebellions. He has an affair with the palace-courtesan, but aims to marry the princess MandaaraMaala (Leelavathi). Narasimha (Rajkumar), whose uncle (K. S. Ashwath) has gone into hiding, is waging a rebellion against ShooraSimha. K. S. Ashwath, popularly known as Musuku-veera is the hero with a face mask.

K. S. Ashwath's elder brother, H. Ramachandra Shastry though, doesn't agree to the armed fight. things come to a pass, when Narasimha wards off K. S. Ashwath's attempt to kidnap Mandaaramaale.

Giving into his brother's wish, K. S. Ashwath agrees to formally complain to SaptaSena Maharaja. However, ShooraSimha kills both the brothers before they get a hearing in front of SaptaSena Maharaja. Before dying, H. Ramachandra Shastry asks Narasimha to give up the ahimsa-way he had followed all his life and take up cudgels against ShooraSimha's misdeeds.

Narasimha takes over the role of his Uncle's Musuku-veera role, kidnaps MandaaraMaale, makes her aware of the harsh conditions masses brace through. He releases her, once she appreciates the common man's trouble. Romance blooms between MandaaraMaale and Narasimha, much to the chagrin of ShooraSimha.

SaptaSena Maharaja gets wind of ShooraSimha's misdeeds and confronts him. ShooraSimha loses his mind and imprisons SaptaSena Maharaja. The Palace-courtesan makes up a plot of Damsel in Distress, finds the hide-away of Musuku-veera, thus getting ShooraSimha to nab him by sleight. Condemned to prison, Narasimha is to be executed at the same moment as ShooraSimha's ascension to the throne.

In a final showdown, Narasimha escapes from prison, beats ShooraSimha at his own game, bringing peace to the kingdom. SaptaSena Maharaja offers the kingdom and his daughter's hand to NaraSimha. NaraSimha vows to rule the kingdom, purely to offer succour to the masses.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

The music was composed by Ghantasala.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Dhundu Malli" P. Leela, Ghantasala Ashwath 03:40
2 "Ellaninagage" P. Leela, Ghantasala Ashwath 03:18
3 "Hareyukkide" P. Leela Ashwath 03:02
4 "Mellusiree Savigana" Ghantasala, P. Susheela Ku. Ra. Seetharam Shastry 03:36
5 "O Nama Bharada" P. Susheela Ashwath 03:12
6 "Prajara Maathanu" Ghantasala, P. Susheela Ashwath 03:15
7 "Ramalakshmanaranu" Ghantasala, P. Susheela Ashwath 02:47
8 "Swabhimanadha Nalle" Ghantasala Ku. Ra. Seetharam Shastry 03:40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Veera Kesari". chiloka.com. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Veera Kesari". in.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2015. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  3. ^ https://www.thehindu.com/entertainment/movies/tribute-to-director-siddalingaiah-on-his-83rd-birth-anniversary-which-falls-on-december-15/article30295337.ece
  4. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/bangalore/shakespeare-influenced-kannada-films-too/article8510212.ece
  5. ^ "Veera Kesari Songs". raaga.com. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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