Film poster
Directed byKantilal Rathod
Written byPannalal Patel
Based onKanku
by Pannalal Patel
Produced byKantilal Rathod
  • Kishore Bhatt
  • Kishore Jariwala
  • Pallavi Mehta
CinematographyKumar Jaywant
Music byDilip Dholakia
Akar Films
Release date
  • 1969 (1969) (India)
Running time
148 minutes

Kanku is a 1969 Gujarati social drama film, starring Kishore Bhatt, Kishore Jariwala, Pallavi Mehta, directed by Kantilal Rathod. The film was adapted from Pannalal Patel's short story of the same name. The film won National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati at the 17th National Film Awards.


The film deals with struggles of a widow, Kanku (Pallavi Mehta).


Gujarati writer Pannalal Patel had written a 20-pages long short story Kanku in 1936 for Diwali Special edition of Nav-Saurashtra magazine. Kantilal Rathod contacted him and convinced him to adapt it into film. Patel also helped him writing script and dialogues of the film.[1][2][3]


Soundtrack album by
Released ()
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSa Re Ga Ma

All lyrics are written by Venibhai Purohit; all music is composed by Dilip Dholakia[4].

Track list
1."Luchchan Re Luchchan"Venibhai PurohitIsmail Valera3:18
2."Aa Mast Ghatao Shravanni"Venibhai PurohitIsmail Valera3:28
3."Mune Andhara Bolave"Venibhai PurohitHansa Dave3:27
4."Paglu Paglaman Atvanun"Venibhai PurohitHansa Dave3:33
Total length:13:46


The film was released in theatres in 1969. The film was released on Home Video DVD by Moser Baer. It has shorter cut of 136 minutes, 12 minutes less than the original.[2]


The film was commercially successful[citation needed] and was critically acclaimed.[5] Film critic Amrit Gangar considered Kanku as the "first real spark in Gujarati cinema firmament".[1]


Pallavi Mehta won an award at 6th Chicago International Film Festival in 1970.[6][3] The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati at the 17th National Film Awards.[7][3]


After success of film, Pannalal Patel expanded short story into novel and was serialized in Jansatta daily in 1970. He dedicated novel to Kantilal Rathod.[2]


  1. ^ a b K. Moti Gokulsing; Wimal Dissanayake (17 April 2013). Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge. pp. 95–96. ISBN 978-1-136-77291-7. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Pandya, Hirendra R. (9 May 2015). "5". ગુજરાતી નવલકથા પર આધારિત ફિલ્મ સર્જનમાં રૂપાંતર પ્રક્રિયાની તપાસ [An Investigation of Process of Adaption of Gujarati Novels into Films] (PhD) (in Gujarati). Department of Gujarati, Sardar Patel University. pp. 475–545. hdl:10603/40951.
  3. ^ a b c Thaker, Dhirubhai; Desai, Kumarpal, eds. (2007). Gujarat: A Panorama of the Heritage of Gujarat. Prakashan: 2 (1st ed.). Ahmedabad: Smt. Hiralaxmi Navanitbhai Shah Dhanya Gurjari Kendra, Gujarat Vishwakosh Trust. pp. 529–530.
  4. ^ The Illustrated Weekly of India. Published for the proprietors, Bennett, Coleman & Company, Limited, at the Times of India Press. 1972. p. 19.
  5. ^ Rajika Kirpalani (1970). Another Time, Another Place: Selected Writings of Rajika Kirpalani. Rajika Education Trust. p. 42.
  6. ^ "Gujarati Movie - Kanku". Gujaratilexicon.com (in Gujarati). Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  7. ^ "17th National Film Awards" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 26 September 2011.