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Bhakta Kanakadasa is a 1960 Indian Kannada language film that tells the story of Kanakadasa, a devotee of Lord Krishna. The film was directed and produced by B. R. Panthulu and starred Udaya Kumar, Rajkumar, and K.S. Ashwath. The film takes place in the sixteenth century, in Karnataka when the caste system was rigidly in place. Kanakadasa, who was born into a lower caste, is determined to see Lord Krishna in person. He faces numerous obstacles, particularly because of his caste, but his devotion to Lord Krishna never wavers. Kanakadasa is mistreated by the upper-caste people, who deny him entry into the temple. Kanakadasa pledges to make his own temple for Lord Krishna, which he does by digging a hole in the wall of the temple so that he can see the idol. This angers the temple priest (played by K.S. Ashwath) who orders the wall to be closed. Kanakadasa's devotion does not waver, he offers his prayers to Lord Krishna from outside the temple. The people of the village let Kanakadasa accumulate wealth out of gratitude for his charity, and the events unfold. Although he initially collects some property, he spends all of his wealth helping impoverished people. One day, a man comes to Kanakadasa with a demand for a ransom. Kanakadasa couldn't pay the ransom and offered himself as an equivalent in exchange for the man's release. Meanwhile, a miracle happens. The wall of the temple cracks open, and Lord Krishna's idol faces Kanakadasa. Kanakadasa's pure devotion moves Lord Krishna, who praises him and confirms that Kanakadasa has been blessed with divine status. With the blessings of Lord Krishna and the people of his village, Kanakadasa starts his own temple. The film is a perfect portrayal of Kanakadasa's life, who is remembered not only for his devotion but also for his philanthropy. He always uses his wealth to help the poor and needy. The film also adequately depicts the social attitudes and religious practices of 16th century Indian culture, with casteism and purity-pollution playing a significant role in the story. The performances of the cast, particularly that of Udaya Kumar as Kanakadasa, are outstanding. The music by G. K. Venkatesh also complements the mood of the story excellently. The film's production design is noteworthy, taking the viewer back to 16th century Karnataka. Bhakta Kanakadasa is an emotional and uplifting film that is relevant to contemporary society. It teaches you about living a life of devotion, humility, and kindness. The teachings of Kanakadasa, which are relevant even today, are beautifully depicted and brilliantly portrayed. It has stood the test of time and remains one of the most iconic films ever made in the Kannada language. In conclusion, Bhakta Kanakadasa is a classic film that showcases love, devotion, and morality in 16th-century India. The film was a critical and commercial success, and its legacy has continued over the years. Its message still resonates with viewers today, making it a must-watch for all cinephiles.