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Ganeshana Maduve
Ganeshana Maduve poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by H.S. Phani Ramachandra
Produced by Manikchand
Written by Rajachandur
Original Telugu story:
Malladi Venkata Krishna Murthy's Vinayaka Rao Pelli
Screenplay by Phani Ramachandra
Starring Anant Nag
Vinaya Prasad
Mukhyamantri Chandru
Ramesh Bhat
Music by Rajan-Nagendra
Cinematography R. Manjunath
Edited by Suresh Urs
Distributed by Shakti Productions
Release dates
  • 1990 (1990)
Country India
Language Kannada

Ganeshana Maduve (meaning: Ganesha's Marriage) is a 1990 Kannada romantic comedy-drama film directed by Phani Ramachandra. It stars Anant Nag, Vinaya Prasad, Mukhyamantri Chandru, Ramesh Bhat among others. It was a big box-office hit in its time and is considered to be one of the great Kannada comedy films.


The plot essentially involves a love story between Ganesha, alias Y. G. Rao, and Adi Lakshmi, alias Shruti, who initially do not know the true identity of each other. Ganesha lives in a Vatara (housing complex) owned by Ramanamurthy. Shastri, known for his love of beer, is his roommate. Ramanamurthy maintains a traditional Hindu middle class household. His elder daughter has eloped with a lover and he does not approve of this. Eventually, he gets her to hold a traditional wedding, even though she has been married already in a civil marriage and has two children, to accept her back as a daughter. In order to prevent a similar fate for his younger daughter, Adilakshmi, he wants to find a match for her to perform an arranged marriage. His friend, Govinda (who is also Ganesha's father), in the meanwhile, arrives in Bangalore from Mysore, with his cricket-crazy wife (played by Vaishali Kasaravalli). Govinda and Ramanamurthy find out that both their children would make a good match for each other and decide to hold an engagement for them.

In the meanwhile, Ganesha falls in love with the singer Shruti, whose singing he hears on the national radio, although he has never met her. He writes letters expressing his admiration and love, using the "more modern" pen-name of Y. G. Rao (shortened from Y. Ganesh Rao), to All India Radio where Shruti, alias Adilakshmi, reads them and falls in love with Y. G. Rao. But as long as they actually meet each other in the Vatara, they express a feeling of mutual animosity.[1] As soon as they hear that their engagement has been fixed, they try to get out of this by various means, all devised by Shastri. Both of them succeed in doing so and the friendship between Ramanamurthy and Govinda is strained as a result. But eventually, Ganesha and Adilakshmi discover that they are actually Y. G. Rao and Shruti respectively and fall in love and decide to get married. Ramanamurthy, in the meanwhile, tries to fix Adilakshmi's wedding to Parameshi, a film director. But she convinces her father that Parameshi has AIDS with the help of Ganesha and a fake doctor and the engagement is cancelled. So, in the final scene they explain their love to both their parents, convince them by some situational means and get married. Shastri is also married to Abhilasha, who initially had the hots for Ganesha.



The film's soundtrack was composed by the famed duo Rajan-Nagendra.

Track# Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Premada Shruthi Meetide" S. Janaki, Jayachandran 4:26
2 "Shridevi Madhavi Kannota Beda" S. Janaki, Jayachandran 4:56
3 "Soundarya Nodu Nalla" S. Janaki 4:16
4 "Anuragathotadalli Hoovante Naanu" S. Janaki 4:05
5 "Bengalooru Citiya Olage" Nagendrappa, Mukhyamantri Chandru and others 1:28


The film was shot in a Vatara (housing complex), in Bangalore. One of the more memorable scenes involving the painting of the house has a funny story behind it. Originally, it was meant that the whole vatara was to be painted. But due to a low budget, this was not found feasible and in order to make it sound reasonable through the plot, the scene where Ganesha brings a dog and punishes it by calling it "Ramanamurthy" was modified. In the modified scene, the house-owner Ramanamurthy, feeling insulted by Ganesha's actions, agrees to Ganesha's demand for fairness and decides not to paint his own house nor any of the other houses.[2]


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7 news items

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Mon, 28 Dec 2015 18:37:30 -0800

Speaking about MMK, he confidently states that those who were longing to see him in a role similar to that in Ganeshana Maduve will enjoy this film. “It is similar to a role of that film and I did mention to Kaviraj about it,” says the senior actor ...

Citizen Matters, Bangalore

Citizen Matters, Bangalore
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:17:46 -0700

One of the most iconic and beloved movies in Kannada while growing up was 'Ganeshana Maduve'. In the opening scene, you have the director giving a voice over set, with a complete sense of irony, to the tune of Punyakoti, a long poem you had to memorize ...

Times of India

Times of India
Fri, 30 Aug 2013 11:38:23 -0700

When I was told I will be opposite Vinaya, who I've worked with in a comedy titled Ganeshana Maduve, I knew we could pull it off well together. I play an old bachelor and Vinaya plays a spinster, and what follows after we are introduced to each other ...
Times of India
Sun, 17 Oct 2010 15:18:48 -0700

Known for his natural acting skills, Anant's performance in `Hendige Helbedi', `Gowri Ganesha', `Ganeshana Maduve', `Narada Vijaya', `Hamsa Geethe', `Galipata', `Mungaru Male' to name a few, have come in for special praise. "When I get a script, I ...


Tue, 28 Sep 2010 00:07:41 -0700

Kittu Puttu, Maanasa Sarovara, Bhutayanna Maga Ayyu, Palitamsha, Thabarana Kathe, Asegobba Meesegobba, No 73 Shantinivasa and Ganeshana Maduve are among her other popular films. Her performance in Girish's directorial Akramana was also appreciated. She ...

Deccan Herald

Deccan Herald
Sat, 10 Mar 2012 10:29:59 -0800

Both are also different from the characters in Ganeshana Maduve or a negative-shaded character as seen in Undu Hoda Kondu Hoda. They expected an actor to rise to the occasion and join the dotted lines. Today, the roles are designed to suit an actor ...


Fri, 07 May 2010 02:12:16 -0700

Nanna Haadu Nannadu went beyond many celebrity chat shows as Kannada filmdom's top stars were heard baring their souls like never before. This kept television viewers glued to the daily show, whose popularity may be attributed to the comfort level the ...

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