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Naagarahaavu is a 1972 Indian Kannada-language film directed by Puttanna Kanagal and produced by Srikanth Nahatha and Srikanth Patel. The film stars Ambarish, Arathi, and K. S. Ashwath in lead roles, with others in supporting roles. The movie is an adaptation of a novel by T. R. Subba Rao, and it is a fantasy drama with a romantic plot. The plot revolves around the story of a mythical creature named Nagadevatha, who falls in love with a human being named Sita. Nagadevatha is a serpent deity worshipped by the people of the village, and her temple is located near the village. The story begins with a group of people constructing a dam near the temple of Nagadevatha, which causes the shrine to collapse. The villagers then discover the body of a woman with a snake's hooded head lying near the destroyed temple. They believe that she is Nagadevatha's avatar and decide to take care of her. One day, Sita, a village girl, meets the Nagadevatha and starts to talk to her. They form a bond, and Sita becomes close to the serpent goddess. Nagadevatha falls in love with Sita, and she transforms into a human being to be with her. Meanwhile, the people of the village discover that Nagadevatha has turned into a human and become angry. They want her dead, believing she has deceived them by pretending to be a human. The priest of the temple, played by K. S. Ashwath, is also against Nagadevatha, as he believes that she is a fake and a danger to the village. The rest of the movie is about how Nagadevatha and Sita deal with the villagers' hostility towards them. There is also a subplot where Sita's cousin Rama, played by Ambarish, falls in love with her and tries to woo her, but she rejects him. Rama eventually discovers Nagadevatha's secret and decides to help the two women. The film's highlight is Arathi's portrayal of Nagadevatha. Arathi delivers a brilliant performance, bringing the character to life with her grace and elegance. Her dance performances are mesmerizing, and her chemistry with Ambarish and Ashwath is fantastic. The film's direction by Puttanna Kanagal is exceptional. He effectively brings to life the world of Nagadevatha and the village, and his use of music and camera work is superb. The film's score was composed by G. K. Venkatesh, and the songs are still popular today. Overall, Naagarahaavu is a must-watch for anyone who loves classic Indian cinema. The film still holds up well today, and its themes of love and sacrifice are timeless. The film's message is that love can conquer all, even when the world is against it.