‘Bhagirathi’ is the ancient folk tale brought on silver screen by Dr
Baraguru Ramachandrappa is all about the sacrifice of the youngest
daughter of head of the village family for the purpose of acquiring
This is a superstitious belief of the past. On the silver screen it is
explained with different characters relating to this sacrifice.
Bhagirathi (Bhavana) and Mahadevaraya (Kishore) fall in love and marry
after a few hiccups from family. They relate their love to the
preparation of a lake and in the same lake first Bagirathi ends her life
and later Mahadevaraya also dies in the same place.
Mahadevaraya is in the army of a king and in his absence the priest of
the village going in to the details ancient works tells that the reason
for not getting water to the lake needs a sacrifice. That sacrifice of a
daughter in law of head of the village is essential. At this point the
eldest daughter in law of the house Mallavva (Thara) hearing the
predictions is shocked and she is in the presumption that she is the
target. When Mallanna Gowda and his wife discuss on the issue and come
to a conclusion that youngest daughter should be sacrificed at this
point of time Bhagirathi over hear it.
Now the two daughters in laws of the house are mental tension and the
scenes are filled with emotions. Finally when the day comes for the
sacrifice when Bhagirathi name is announced Mallavva is shocked.
Bhagirathi happily sacrifice her life and a few minutes later her
husband comes from far off place and he also gives up his life. The true
love of Bhagirathi and Mahadevaraya also comes to an end.
This is not the kind of film for silver screen to suit the present
generation. The oldies are not coming to the theatres to watch this kind
of ‘Bhagirathi’ that is on superstitious belief. The younger generation
pooh-pooh at this type of subject. In a television serial this could be
interesting as most of the family audiences are glued to these kinds of
subject in soap operas.
Dr Baraguru Ramachandrappa has made quite an interesting screenplay and
given room for the confusions. He has written the dialogues and songs
very well for the film. The leftist approach is also seen in one of the
songs. The dialogues like ‘Manege Benki Bidre Arisbahudu how about for
‘manasige’ are typical of Dr Baraguru. Madhuve Admele nee Vidhave
Adhe…Naa Madhuve Munche Vidhave...explains the height of love of
Bhagirathi to Mahadevaraya plus Mahadevaraya telling his father that he
will die in the waterless lake when he does not agree for marriage with
Bagirathi that eventually happens at the end of the film.
The love that blossom at one place also ends at the same place in this
‘Bhagirathi’. The main bottleneck of this film is the easily
Prof and Dr Baraguru Ramachandrappa doing the ancient tale ‘Makki Ka
Makki’ he should have given a thought to adjust to the present social
The need of lakes and water in the lakes are very much relevant topic
today in many places. The director has not shown the sufferings of the
people without water. The main focus of suffering for water and need of
lake should have been strongly emphasized.
The situational songs are well adjusted by Dr Baraguru Ramachandrappa.
Songs in Baraguru Ramachandrappa films is not given that prominence. In
this one there three well written songs by the director that gather
This is not a fitting film for the present image of Kishor. Imagine
Kishor crying and begging for permission. He is a hard guy on silver
screen. The film ‘Bhagirathi’ looks awful for him. He should have been
very strong and revolutionary in his thoughts and process.
It is misfit again for Bhavana. The childish dialogue delivery sometimes
becomes very serious. The facial expression of Thara Anuradha is much
better. Dr Srinath has given his best. Padmavasanthi and Hema Chaudhary
The cinematography of Harish Sandekoppa is very bright when it comes to
the outdoor locations. A competent job has come from new cameraman.
V Manohar is the major plus point of this film because of songs like
Kere andaare bari kere alla.... and Neevu aluva odeyaru naavu aluva
badavaru....anna kodi chinna beda… this is where we see Baraguru
There is a lapse in the print media watched as for as editing is
concerned. Secondly the fastness of movement of scenes was very much
Last but not the Least – We want ‘Kere’ not via ‘Kerege Haara’.
NOT A CONVINCING FILM – Score 2/5
Cast - Kishore, Bhavana, Dr Srinath, Hema Chaudhary, Thara, Shivadwaj, Harini, Padamavasanthi and Others. Camera - Harish Sandekoppa Music - V Manohar Producer - BK Srinivas Director - Dr Baraguru Ramachandrappa
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