Eradu Kanasu

I have simply lost count of the times that I have travelled by KSRTC services between Chennai to Bangalore & vice versa.

But I have to say yesterday night’s trip was a most memorable one. ‘Eradu Kanasu’ the film starring Dr. Rajkumar, Manjula and Kalpana was shown on video. And what a film it was. Though a tearjerker & melodramatic, it had me totally in its grip. The films spans a variety of emotions connected with love – spousal, filial, unrequited etc. Unfortunately, just as the film was reaching its climax ( & I’m sure it would have been very poignant!) it was switched off! No screening of movies past midnight, say the rules, apparently!

Though terribly disappointed, the film vindicated two of my beliefs:

1. Its easy to see why Dr. Rajkumar is such a beloved figure. In the film, he gets into the skin of the character that he potrays so effortlessly that its hard to dilineate between the actor Rajkumar and the character Ramu! The torment and guilt that he feels come across so well, even a hard hearted person would be affected. There is a also a nobility about him that only the truly great actors possess – Dr. Sivaji Ganesan comes to mind.

2. The inherent melody of Kannada songs in old films. This film has 6 numbers penned by Udayashankar, directed by the duo of Rajan-Nagendra and sung mostly by the combination of P.B Srinivas & S.Janaki. In particular, the devotional numbers of Indu Enage Govinda and Poojisalende Hoogala Thande are truly memorable.

I have only 2 dreams now – one, go to the nearest movie store to buy/rent the film & two, enjoy it all over again, in the comfort of my home!

Any/all recommendations of similiar Dr. Rajkumar films will be gratefully accepted.


9 Comments so far

  1. usha (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 1:25 pm

    yes, I love Rajkumar’s films for precisely the same reason – you relate to the people, they seem real unlike most character in films today who are super- everything. Second the songs.
    I have an associated memory relating to the film’s title – someone who had come home from Tamilnadu pronouncing it as “eradu genasu” and causing laughter all around.

  2. Prashanth (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 2:14 pm

    Recommend to watch ‘Bangarada Manushya’ by Dr. Raj… A must watch..

    Because of this movie lot of people who had left there agricultural land and had come to Bangalore/other cities in search of better(!!) options/work, went back to their villages and took out the ploughs…

  3. Thejesh GN (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    Rajkumar for us was never a Rajkumar. He was Kanakadasa, Mayura, Chalukya. Bakta Kumabara. I still remember the song ‘Naniruvude Nimagagi’ from Mayura. Young price mayura figting for his people.

    Last time I visited udupi I was searching for the place where Kanakadasa was pleading ‘Bagilanu teredu seveyanu kodo hariye’. I was like ‘Rajkumar ille nintu kondu hadiddu’.

    I still cant forget the last sceen of ‘Bangarada Manushya’. How much I felt bad and felt proud about that charcters decision. Its a must watch for anybody who likes to watch Kannada movie.

  4. shek (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 11:40 am

    did u check out the new Ultra Deluxe buses by SETC.they rock big time.they screen ilayathalapathy’s movies.

  5. Ravi (unregistered) on July 2nd, 2006 @ 8:02 pm

    @ Usha: Bingo!

    @ Prashanth: I will, one of these days! Thanks!

    @ Thejesh: We must talk more about Dr. Rajkumar’s films when we meet up!

    @ Shek: Dr. Rajkumar was/is an icon; Vijay is just an actor! If you don’t know the difference, pity you! And oh, btw, if you think SETC buses rock ‘big time’, you belong to the stone age! ;)

  6. deepak (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    Usha: Right there.. I just can’t control my laughter!

    Ravi: Few more come to my mind Babhruvahana,Sipayi Ramu, Bhakta Prahlada..kasturi nivasa.. sakshatkara… ..hmm it never ends..

    I very much remember when we were watching Bhaktra prahlada.. some devoted fans…did Puje to rajkumar..Its still vivid in my memory..

  7. Thejesh GN (unregistered) on July 3rd, 2006 @ 8:05 pm

    2Ravi: sure
    2Deepak: I think Raj Kumar did Hiranya Kashipu’s (-ve) role in Bakta Prahlada.

  8. shek (unregistered) on July 5th, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

    U must be ignorant.I meant the new SETC buses and not the old ones.And for ur info,i’m not a tycoon or a magnate(like u) to travel in a luxury bus paying 600 rupees.I’m a common man.My life revolves around broken buses,stinky suburban trains,unreserved compartments etc.

  9. Vinod (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:23 pm

    Ravi : An actor whom i can think of matching Rajkumar is Kalpana… I think u should hav seen her acting Eradu kanasu…Check out her acting in Sharapanjara, Belli mooda…if we can call Rajkumar as King of Actors in kannada industry..she surely deserves to be called the Queen.

    Thejesh: I really think r u trying to be ignorant.SETC buses are yet to match the standards of Rajahamsa. I did have a very painful jouney in that couples of times when i could not get KSRTC tickets…FYI Rajahamsa costs only Rs 225 not 600…infact IRAVATA our A/C volvo only cost Rs 450…which is the max…Plz do the homework before coming to figures.

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