|Directed by||Puttanna Kanagal|
|Produced by||B. Thimmanna|
|Screenplay by||Puttanna Kanagal
|Music by||M. Ranga Rao|
|Cinematography||S. Maruthi Rao|
|Edited by||V. P. Krishna|
|Distributed by||Sri Ashok Arts|
Ranganayaki (Kannada: ರಂಗನಾಯಕಿ, The Heroine of the Stage) is a 1981 Kannada film directed by Puttanna Kanagal starring Aarathi, Ambarish, Ramakrishna, Ashok, Rajanand. The film is an based on the novel Ranganayaki by Ashwattha.
The movie explores the nuance of Oedipus Complex. The heroine, a popular theatre artist, falls in love with a rich, young man. They eventually get married and beget a child. But the heroine is bored of married life and wants to dabble in acting. The husband refuses and leaves the town with his child. The heroine gets a lucky break in cinema and becomes a household name. Years later, as fate had it, a young man falls in love with the heroine and she reciprocates his love, but as a mother. She always gives him affection and loves like a mother. She encounters her ex-husband and pleads him to show her son just for once. But as fate has it doesn’t happen, and she goes in deep depression and commits suicide, too late for the young lover who realizes that he had fallen in love with his own mother.
- Aarathi as Ranganayaki, Mala
- Ambarish as Ramanna
- Ramakrishna as Shekhar
- Ashok as Nagaraja shetty
- Rajanand as Shamanna
- Sudha Rani as childhood Ranganayaki
|Sl No||Song Title||Singer (s)||Lyrics|
|1||"Mandhara Pushpavu"||P. Jayachandran, S. P. Sailaja||Vijaya Narasimha|
|2||"Hrudaya Jhenkara"||S. Janaki, S. P. Balasubramanyam||K. Prabhakar Shasthry|
|3||"Premadalli Snehadalli"||S. P. Balasubramanyam||M. N. Vyasa Rao|
|4||"Jai Jagadambe"||S. Janaki||Vijaya Narasimha|
|5||"Kannada Naadina"||S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. P. Sailaja||K. Prabhakar Shasthry|
- Karnataka State Film Awards 1980-81
- "Ranganayaki". kannadamoviesinfo.com. 20 June 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
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