The iconic and classic film “Naagarahaavu” was re-released this Friday in 160 theatres, which is a rarity for an old film. And guess what, the audience have given thumbs up for the film. The craze for this classic film by Puttanna Kanagal has not reduced even after 45 years since its first release in 1973.
The film has performed extraordinarily well, business-wise. V Ravichandran and V Balaji spent a small fortune to restore the film digitally and it is paying them dividends. Fans of Vishnuvardhan have gone ecstatic. While there are mass celebrations in single screens across Karnataka, the film is running houseful in multiplexes. Public demand has prompted some multiplexes in Bengaluru to increase the number of shows.
The film is based on T. R. Subba Rao’s three novels Nagarahavu, Ondu Gandu Eradu Hennu and Sarpa Mathsara. It stars Vishnuvardhan, K. S. Ashwath, Aarathi and Shubha in lead roles. The supporting cast features Leelavathi, Ambareesh, Shivaram, Dheerendra Gopal, Lokanath and Vajramuni. This was the first Kannada movie to complete 100 days in three centres.