Mungaru Male Movie Poster

Mungaru Male

December 29, 2006
2hr 12min
Status: released

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  • Director Yograj Bhat, who had earlier dabbled in advertising and corporate films, began working on the script of Mungaru Male. He read the script to Puneeth Rajkumar and Ramya who rejected it.
  • Ganesh introduced Yograj Bhat to producer E. Krishnappa, who agreed to finance the film. Bhat cast a relatively unknown actress, Pooja Gandhi, for the lead female role in the film.
  • Approximately 80% of the scenes were filmed in the rain.
  • Shooting locations included major parts in Sakaleshpura, Madikeri, Jog Falls Sagara, and Gadag. Krishna, the cameraman, was a part-time photographer prior to the film.
  • Mungaru Male was theatrically released on 29 December 2006 as well as released to 10 countries including the United States, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong and Dubai. It was the highest-grossing Kannada film overseas. It had made ₹36 lakh (equivalent to ₹1.2 crore or US$140,000 in 2023) in the US alone.
  • The satellite rights were acquired by the television channel Star Suvarna for ₹36 million. The DVD of the film with 5.1 surround sound was distributed by Anand Video.
  • The success of Mungaru Male turned Ganesh and Pooja Gandhi into the most sought-after actors in Kannada cinema. Ganesh had back-to-back commercial successes in Cheluvina Chittara (2007), Hudugaata (2007) and Krishna (2007). Ganesh and Bhat delivered two consecutive films that emerged as commercial successes, the other being Gaalipata (2008).
  • The film also proved to be a launchpad for the career of actress Pooja Gandhi. And Gandhi also delivered back-to-back commercial superhit films such as Milana (2007), Krishna (2007), Taj Mahal (2008) and Budhivanta (2008).
  • It was the first film in India (for any language) to be screened continuously for over one year in a multiplex, and holds the record for the longest-running film at a multiplex in addition to having one of the highest recorded box-office collections in Kannada cinema.
  • According to the Bangalore Mirror, it was the first Kannada film to cross the ₹50 crore box office collection mark.
  • It was the first film to run over 865 days in the history of Karnataka. and collected an estimated ₹50 – 75 crore (₹500–750 million).
  • The Income Tax department alleged that the movie had collected ₹67.5 crore (US$8.5 million) and demanded tax on that amount.
  • It ran for a record 460 days at the PVR Multiplex. It also holds a national record in Indian Cinema for running for more than one year in PVR.
  • Producer E Krishnappa and distributor Jayanna were raided by the Income Tax department multiple times, who claimed that the film had collected ₹67.5 crore and demanded tax for that amount. After Mungaru Male, two of Ganesh’s next films also became super hits.
  • Yograj Bhat wrote about the making of Mungaru Male in the book Haage Summane, which was released on day of the silver jubilee celebration for the movie.
  • The movie was remade in Telugu in 2008 as Vaana, in Bengali in 2008 as Premer Kahini , in Odia in 2009 as Romeo – The Lover Boy, and in Marathi in 2017 as Premay Namaha.
  • Mungaru Male sequel was announced in July 2014 that Shashank would be directing the sequel of the film, titled Mungaru Male 2. Ganesh reprised his role in the film, produced by J. Gangadhar under the banner of E. K. Pictures. The sequel was released in 2016.