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Singaravva

Based on a novel by master wordsmith Chandrashekhara Kambar, the story revolves around Singari, born to one of the three wives of the corrupt and greedy Pandari Gowda, head of Nandagavi Village.

india Updated: Oct 18, 2003 16:33 IST
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Director: T.S. Nagabharana
Cast: Prema, Avinash, Shivadwaj, Sharath, Yenagi Nataraj
Kannada/120 minutes/35 mm Cinemascope/Colour

Based on a novel by master wordsmith Chandrashekhara Kambar, the story revolves around Singari, born to one of the three wives of the corrupt and greedy Pandari Gowda, head of Nandagavi Village.

He lures Nagi, elder sister of Mariya, a domestic help and takes away the small property that she owned. Mariya is waiting to take revenge. When Mariya sees Nagi and Gowda in a compromising position in a field, he kills Nagi, Gowda escapes but Mariya is taken into custody and sentenced to jail.

In a bid to acquire wealth, Gowda gets Singari to marry his sister Shantavva’s son’s corpse. Singaravva is shocked. Later, Gowda gets Singaravva to marry Saragam Desai of Shivapura, whom he meets at a folk theatre performance.

Sheeningi, the childhood playmate of Singari, also accompanies her. Desai’s old mother wants Singari to give her a grandson and she promises to part with her golden waistband in return. But Desai proves a failure on the first night and Singari is disappointed.

Singaravva learns of Huchchayya, who is believed to perform a pooja that results in pregnancy, and she arranges to have it done. But Huchchayya dies unexpectedly and Singari takes the help of Mariya, who has been released, to dispose off the body.

Mariya asks her to grant her one favour in return. Mariya becomes a loyal servant of Desai with the intention of taking revenge on Singari but eventually feels sorry and decides to protect her.

When Singari’s father tries to ruin her life, Mariya kills him. Desai’s friends lure him out and try to get him drunk and take away his property. Mariya saves Desai and brings him home and gives all the property papers to Singari.

Singari’s mother-in-law comes to know of her son’s shortcoming and she dies after giving her golden waistband to Singari. Singari offers herself to Mariya with the intention of getting pregnant.

When she does, Desai accuses her of adultery and writes a letter to her and commits suicide. Mariya takes the blame and is jailed. Singaravva awaits the birth of her child.

CREDITS
Producer: Sandesh Nagaraj
Story: Chandrashekhara Kambar
Screenplay: T.S. Nagabharana & Kotteganahalli Ramiya
Camera: B.C. Gowrishankar
Editor: P.R. Soundar Raj
Art: Sashidhar Adapa
Music: C. Ashwath
Sound: Mahendran

First Published: Oct 10, 2003 10:12 IST