Putnanja(Kannada Movie)
Directed by V. Ravichandran
Produced by V. Ravichandran
A. Narasimhan
Screenplay by V. Ravichandran
Music by Hamsalekha
Cinematography G. S. V. Seetharam
Edited by K. Balu
Release dates
  • 12 January 1995 (1995-01-12)
Running time
152 minutes
Country India
Language Kannada

Putnanja (Kannada: ಪುಟ್ನಂಜ) is a 1995 Kannada language film directed by Ravichandran and produced by A. Narsimhan. This film stars Ravichandran, Meena, Umashri, Lokesh in lead roles. Music was composed by Hamsalekha. The film's plot was inspired from Tamil film Pattikada Pattanama.


This film depicts the story of a farmer named "Putnanja"(Ravichandran), living with his grandmother named Putmalli(Umashri) near Nanjangud town in Mysore district. Putnanja was a man respected by everyone in the village and was well-known to all for his kindness towards poor and backward. When Putnanja hears a news regarding arrival of Roja (Meena) to India(who went to America for studies during childhood and whom Putnanja likes and wants to marry) he rushes towards her place to propose her to marry him. When Putnanja goes and proposes her, she does not even recognize him, and suggests not to talk about their marriage in future days. Putnanja's mother-in-law wants her daughter roja to get married to a rich, educated person and hence opposes Putnanja's proposal, but his father-in-law(Lokesh) wants her daughter to get married to him since he is very kind and a good man. Lokesh can't do anything he wants since he would be working as slave to his wife.

Once Putnanja proposes Roja's family to come to their village festival and spend some days with them, Taara refuses to go, but due to her daughter's stubborn she accepts to go to their village. Roja likes the tour very much and she even starts liking Ravichandran due to his kindness towards people. After returning to the city Lokesh manages to convince Roja to marry Putnanja even though her mother opposes it. As day passes Roja tries to enjoy life in village in the city manner neglecting all the rules that has to be followed in the village and one day she reaches above limit range by burning the plouge which is treated as god by the village people. Then Putnanja slaps her for performing this event which makes Roja to leave the village. One day she comes to know that she is going to give birth to a child and she decides to take care of the child without any help from Putnanja. As soon as she gives birth to a child, Putmalli(Umashri) takes the child and goes to her village. When Roja realizes that she can't live without Putnanja and her child she rushes towards his village and both of them lead a happy life...




Soundtrack cover
Soundtrack album by Hamsalekha
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 39:05
Label Jhankar Music

Hamsalekha wrote the lyrics and composed all the songs in the film. The album has eight soundtracks.[1] One of the songs in the album, Dasara Gombe is heavily inspired by Iron maiden's Mother Russia song. The audio songs of the movie was an extra ordinary hit with rumors pointing that it collected more than the budget of the movie by the audio songs alone. Ravichandran and Hamsalekha combination right from Premaloka was an eye opener for the entire audio industry, exposing the potential of Kannada audio industry.

Track list
1."Naanu Putnanja"  HamsalekhaMano4:45
2."Nammamma"  HamsalekhaMano, Chithra5:00
3."Puttamalli"  HamsalekhaMano, Chithra4:41
4."Haadiro"  HamsalekhaChithra4:58
5."Naanu Putnanja - Patho"  HamsalekhaMano5:04
6."Dasara Gombe"  HamsalekhaMano4:42
7."Rangero Holi"  HamsalekhaMano, Minmini4:49
8."Puttamalli - Pathos"  HamsalekhaMano, Shyamala Bhave5:06
Total length:39:05


Umashri got filmfare award as best supporting actress for her role as "Putmalli". Ravichandran was earlier doubtful about the potential of Umashri before casting her in the movie, but the actress carried the role of an old woman brilliantly which was applauded by the audience.


  1. "Putnanja music". iTunes. Retrieved 29 October 2014.
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