April 24, 2024

20 Popular Kannada Movies Based on Novels that are Worth Watching! 

Have you ever thought of your favourite novel as a movie? The greatest writers have written compelling stories that have been made into movies. In this article, let us see which are those famous Kannada movies based on novels. Reading broadens your horizons and helps you learn new things. Watching a movie based on a book is even better because you can see the ideas come to life.

These movies will make you laugh, cry, and feel all the emotions of reading a good book. So are you ready to stream the popular Kannada movies based on books, have a look at this listicle. 

20 Popular Kannada Movies Based on Novels

1. Mayura

Mayura is based on a novel of the same name by Devudu Narasimha Sastri. The film tells the story of Prince Mayurasharma. Is one of the most popular films of Dr Rajkumar’s career and has won several awards. 

Stream it on ZEE5

kannada movie mayura

2. Bangarada Manushya

Based on T. K. Rama Rao’s novel “Bangaarada Manushya”, the film follows the struggles of a man who fights to protect his family in difficult situations. The film had a social message, and it did impact the masses.

Stream it on ZEE5

Bangaarada Manushya

3. Sharapanjara

Sharapanjara is a film based on a novel by Triveni. It is considered one of the greatest movies made in Kannada, and the movie explores the perception of society on mental illness, the male ego and entitlement. 

Watch it on YouTube

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4. Gejje Pooje

The movie is based on M. K. Indira’s novel Gejje Pooje. This film presents the problem of prostitutes.

Watch it on YouTube

5. Nagarahavu

Naagarahaavu is a film based on T. R. Subba Rao’s three novels Nagarahavu, Ondu Gandu Eradu Hennu and Sarpa Mathsara. 

Watch it on Amazon Prime. 

Kannada Movies Based on Novels

6. Kiragoorina Gayyaligalu 

Sumana Kittur directed a film adaptation of Poornachandra Tejaswi’s novel of the same name. It also became the highest-grossing Kannada movie based on the novel in 2016. 

Watch it on YouTube

7. Aa Dinagalu

This crime drama movie is a fresh take on the underworld of Bengaluru, and it will have you on the edge of your seat. Based on the nonfiction novel Dadagiriya Dinagalu by Agni Shridhar. 

8. Edegarike

The film follows a series of real-life incidents in the 1990s and is about cult figures in the underworld, such as Sridhar, Muthappa Rai, and Bachchan. Edegarike is based on the novel of the same name written by Agni Shridhar, directed by Sumana Kittur.

Watch it on MX Player.

9. Bandhana

This film, directed by Rajendra Singh Babu, is based on a novel by Usha Navaratnanram. The film stars Vishnuvardhan and Suhasini. 

Watch it on Amazon Prime. 

Kannada Movies Based on Novels

10. Banker Margayya

Banker Margayya directed by T.S. Nagabharana, is based on R.K. Narayan’s novel The Financial Expert, stars Lokesh in the lead role. 

Watch it on YouTube. 

11. Bhootayyana Maga Ayyu 

A tale about a ruthless landlord, directed by Siddalingaiah and based on the story of the same name from the short stories collection Vayyari by Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar, starring Vishnuvardhan, Lokesh and M.P. Shankar.

Watch it on Amazon Prime. 

12. Eradu Kanasu

A romantic drama film based on the novel of the same name by Vani, this film is directed by the duo Dorai–Bhagavan and stars Rajkumar, Kalpana and Manjula.

Watch it on Amazon Prime. 

kannada movie besuge

13. Bayalu Daari

Bayalu daari is directed and produced by the Dorai–Bhagavan duo. It was released in 1968 and is based on the novel written by Bharati Sutha. Bayalu daari was one of the greatest musical hits in the Kannada film industry. 

Watch it on Amazon Prime. 

14. Parasangada Gendethimma

Based on a novel of the same title by Srikrishna Alanahalli. Watch it on YouTube. 

15. Nagamandala

The play is an adaptation of Karnad’s 1988 book with the same name, based on a local folk tale and ritual. Watch it on YouTube. 

16. Antha

The movie is based on a serialized story by H. K. Ananth Rao, published in the weekly magazine Sudha. An action-thriller film directed by Rajendra Singh Babu. The cast includes Ambareesh as the film’s protagonist and Lakshmi in the lead.

Watch it on Amazon Prime. 

Kannada Movies Based on Novels

17. Gauri Ganesha

This story was adapted from Malladi Venkata Krishna Murthy’s Telugu comedy novel Wedding Bells. Many people consider the Gauri Ganesha film one of the finest comedy films in Kannada cinema. 

Stream it on Amazon Prime. 

18. Ganeshana Maduve

Based on Malladi Venkata Krishna Murthy’s comedy novel Vinayaka Rao Pelli. This film was a box-office hit in its time, and many consider it to be one of the best Kannada comedy films.

Watch it on ZEE5.

19. Vamsha Vriksha

Vishnuvardhan made his first film appearance in this movie. The movie is based on S. L. Bhyrappa’s novel.  

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20. Besuge

The novel, written by Ashwini, was made into a romantic film in 1976. Starring Srinath and Manjula, the film was directed by Lakshman Rao Mohite, known by the pen-name Geethapriya.

Stream it on Amazon Prime. 

Kannada Movies Based on Novels

How many Kannada movies based on novels have you watched? Which is your favorite movie from the list?

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