Duration Music directorVijaya Bhaskar CountryIndia
Release date1969 Based onGejje Pooje
by M. K. Indira WriterM.K. Indira (novel), S.R. Puttana Kanagal CastKalpana (Chandra), Leelavathi (Aparna), Gangadhar, Aarathi (Lalita), Pandari Bai Similar moviesRelated Puttanna Kanagal movies
Gejje Pooje (Kannada: ಗೆಜ್ಜೆ ಪೂಜೆ) is a 1969 Indian Kannada language film directed by Puttanna Kanagal and produced by Rashi Brothers. The film stars Kalpana, Gangadhar and Leelavathi in lead roles. Gejje means anklet and pooje means worship but in this context of the film, it means a mock marriage. The film is based on the novel Gejje Pooje by M. K. Indira. The film was remade in Tamil as Thaaliya Salangaiya, in Telugu as Kalyana Mandapam and in Hindi as Ahista Ahista which further inspired the 2007 Hindi movie Laaga Chunari Mein Daag.
This socially relevant movie explores the problem of prostitutes. It was based on the novel written by M. K. Indira. The heroine Chandra ( played by Kalpana) is the daughter of a devadasi is in love with a young man who is her neighbour. The young girl understands the value of education and with the support of her mother intends to reject the life of prostitution. Circumstances and the young man's suspicion makes him abandon the heroine. Ironically the girl he marries is the daughter of the heroine's father who had abandoned both her and her mother. Chandra agrees to perform gejjepooje as part of initiation into a life of prostitution but in the end she commits suicide by swallowing a diamond.