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‘Satya Harishchandra’ CDs to be screened in schools soon

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Transformed: A scene from the classic ‘Satya Harischandra’

Bangalore: Befitting his stature in Indian cinema, film producer K.C.N. Gowda has decided to screen the Kannada classic “Satya Harishchandra” at schools across the State, free of cost. He considers it his “moral and social responsibility” to do so. The film, which was originally in 35 mm format and black and white, has now been converted into 16 mm format with colour in cinemascope and updated sound technology.

Tribute

The coloured version of the mythological film, based on an episode in Mahabharata, embellishing the values such as truth, virtue, individual morals and political ethics, is set to release on April 24, the birthday of the Kannada thespian the late Rajkumar, who has played the lead role. This endeavour is a tribute to Dr. Rajkumar.

The 42-year-old film, produced at a cost of Rs. 8 lakh, had earned the distinction of being the first-ever south Indian black and white cinema to undergo colour transformation, and the third in the country after “Mughal E-Azam” and “Naya Daur”. The three-hour film, originally produced by K.V. Reddy, was first released in 1965 with the late Udayakumar and Pandari Bai, Narashimaraju and K.S. Ashwath, M.P. Shankar and Baby Padmini playing Vishwamithra, Queen Chanramathi, Nakshtrika, Vasishta, Veerrabahu and Lohitasya, respectively. The director, late Hunsur Krishnamoorti, has also written 12 songs for which Pendyala Nageshwara Rao has scored the music. Mr. Reddy has himself written the screenplay. The veteran cinematographer Madhav Bulbule was behind the camera. It had earned the President’s certificate and had been released umpteen times across the State and had registered astounding success each time it was released. Supported by his sons — the president of the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce K.C.N. Chandrashekhar and producer K.C.N. Mohan — Mr. Gowda took pains to transform the film at a cost of Rs. 3 crore. The Hyderabad-based Gold Stone Technologies played an instrumental role in bringing to fruit Mr. Gowda’s cherished dream.

Mr. Gowda said that the film has a great moral and ethical message for humanity and society in the context of declining order. It is slated for release on April 24 in over 35 cinema halls across the State.

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