Kokila (1977)

 ●  Kannada ● 2 hrs 24 mins

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This offbeat relationship drama delves into an unlikely love triangle between Kokila, Vijay and Kokila's house maid. Kokila is a medical student who lives a wealthy lifestyle with her family who have a live-in maid. Vijay is a bank executive who comes to live in the household as a paying guest. Kokila and Vijay fall in love and plan to get married with the consent of her family. The radical twist in the tale happens when Vijay and the housemaid end up making love on a night when they are left alone together. Vijay forgets about this act and continues his love affair with Kokila, and she remains unaware of his betrayal. The housemaid who knows about Vijay and Kokila's plans to get married, remains silent about the relationship until she gets to know that she's pregnant. When she informs Vijay about her pregnancy, he suggests that she have an abortion. Will the housemaid agreed to abort their baby? Will Kokila remain unaware of this relationship and marry Vijay?
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Cast: Kamal Haasan, Shobha Menon

Crew: Balu Mahendra (Director), Balu Mahendra (Director of Photography), Salil Choudhury (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Release Dates: 07 Oct 1977 (India)

Kannada Name: ಕೋಕಿಲ

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Did you know? This movie was remade into Malayalam as Oomakkuyil (1983), and in Hindi as Aur Ek Prem Kahani (1996), both by Mahendra himself. Read More
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Kamal Haasan, the lead actor did not know Kannada at that time but dubbed in his own voice.

People from five different industries worked in this film; Kamal Haasan and Balu Mahendra (Tamil), Roja Ramani (Telugu), Mohan (Kannada), Shoba (Malayalam) and Salil Choudhry (Bengali). However, none of these except Mohan knew Kannada language.

This movie marked the debut of Mohan, who would go on to establish himself as a successful actor in the Tamil film industry.

This masterfully crafted movie marks the directional debut of Balu Mahendra, who was one of the leading cinematographers in South Indian cinema at the time.

Balu Mahendra won the National Film Award for Best Cinematography and Karnataka State Film Award for Best Screenplay for his exemplary work in this movie.

This movie was remade into Malayalam as Oomakkuyil (1983), and in Hindi as Aur Ek Prem Kahani (1996), both by Mahendra himself.

The film was successful upon release in Karnataka and its neighbouring states, becoming the first Kannada film to be screened for 100 days in Madras.