|Directed by||Kantilal Rathod|
|Written by||Pannalal Patel|
by Pannalal Patel
|Produced by||Kantilal Rathod|
|Music by||Dilip Dholakia|
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.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sa Re Ga Ma|
All lyrics are written by Venibhai Purohit; all music is composed by Dilip Dholakia.
|1.||"Luchchan Re Luchchan"||Venibhai Purohit||Ismail Valera||3:18|
|2.||"Aa Mast Ghatao Shravanni"||Venibhai Purohit||Ismail Valera||3:28|
|3.||"Mune Andhara Bolave"||Venibhai Purohit||Hansa Dave||3:27|
|4.||"Paglu Paglaman Atvanun"||Venibhai Purohit||Hansa Dave||3:33|
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.
The film was commercially successful and was critically acclaimed. Film critic Amrit Gangar considered Kanku as the "first real spark in Gujarati cinema firmament".
Pallavi Mehta won an award at 6th Chicago International Film Festival in 1970. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Gujarati at the 17th National Film Awards.
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.