There was frustration, worry, emotions and a message. It won huge appreciation from all across India, yet failed commercially. It was said that the film was a landmark flick in the Indian cinema, but the producers suffered heavy losses. Nonetheless, even after 23 years of its release, people salute the movie, actors and filmmakers for making such a wonderful film in Sandalwood.
If you are still not sure, the movie is none other than late Vishnuvardhan's Muthina Haara. The film was produced and directed by SV Rajendra Singh Babu. At a time when stars used to make short-lived masala films to make quick bucks, the filmmaker had dared to do a war-drama. Babu spent massive budget on the prestigious film and did not compromise on any aspect. Be it at shooting at sensitive places or roping in legendary classical singer, M Balamuralikrishna, he did his best on the quality of the movie.
Indians are ready to celebrate the 67th Independence Day tomorrow (August 15). On this occasion, we would like to remember the critically-acclaimed Muthina Haara.
Muthina Haara Cast & Crew
Dr Vishnuvardhan, Suhasini Manirathnam, Ashwath, Ramkumar, Master Anand and others were in the cast.
Hamsalekha had composed five original songs for Muthina Haara. The songs were highly successful and the track 'Devaru hoseda premada daara...' was rated as a classic. No words to express the cinematography of DV Rajaram. Other crew had also contributed a lot to give a great look to the movie.
Many movies were made in Indian cinema on wars. But nobody had thought about its after effects and what war means to the humanity. Filmmakers never questioned why war is necessary, why wars are happening in different parts of the world, etc.
A Metaphor Of The Ravages Of War
Muthina Haara was made keeping the broader dimensions in mind. Rajendra Singh Babu had presented a metaphor of the ravages of war with black-masked skeletons riding horseback in darkness in the beginning and in the end.
Story Set In Different Times
The story of Muthina Haara was set in different eras of 1940s, 50s and 60s. Achappa, the son of an ex-military men played by Ashwath, returns home injured in the World War 2. He meets an Army Nurse (Suhasini) at a hospital and they fall in love. They get married with their parents' consent.
Achappa returns to the Army and leaves the wife with his parents. On the other end, she gives birth to a baby boy named Viraj (Master Anand). He could not come to his native because there was tension between India and the neighbouring nation.
A Tragedy In The Story
After few years, Achappa asks his wife to come to his army camp to meet him in Rajasthan. When she reaches the border region, the war between India and Pakistan takes the life of his son. The death of their only son brings them a lot closer. As the years pass by, a war broke up between India and Pakistan.
Achappa is captured by the Chinese army and he is tortured badly to the extent of breaking the standards of international law for the humanitarian treatment of war (Geneva Convention). What happens next is the tragic part of the story. The love between the lead stars, their affection for the nation and patriotism were the highlights of Muthina Haara.
The scene where the father Achappa, who never gets to see his son's face, Achappa's funeral sequence in the time of the India-China War and his wife becoming insane broke people into tears. Dr Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini did not act, but they lived their characters.
Muthina Haara failed to pull the audience when released, but it attracted audience after the movie was screened on television. SV Rajendra Singh's efforts to convey the strong message - Stop War - successfully reached to the people in the later years.
We salute the makers and the film once again and hope that Kannada industry will witness such classics at least once in a decade.