A village named Asoga on the banks of river Malaprabha’s very attractive tourist place famous for its temple. This temple was built during the Kadamba kings in the mediveal period. Important sequences from the 70s hit movie ‘Abhimaan’ (featuring Amithabh Bacchan and Jaya bhaduri) were shot near the river Malprabha at Asoga. The entire song ‘Nadiya kinare’ has been shot there.
Amitabh Bacchan had said- This film was very special for Jaya and me because we had produced it. Hrishida was our godfather. SD Burmansaab gave the music and the time we spent with him during the music sittings was unforgettable. The way he’d sing, we failed to bring the essence into our recordings. I always felt that there was some kami somewhere, he would sing so beautifully. The song was shot in a village near Belagavi. Hrishida wanted a village environment with a small temple, a river, a sacred pond with its water capable of uniting two people in love. We found such a pond. Back then, Jaya and I weren’t married. It was a very special time for both of us. Jaya had long, ankle-length hair then.