Aaghaata is a 1995 Indian Kannada language thriller - drama film directed by Suresh Heblikar and based on a novel by Dr. Ashok Pai. It was produced by Manasa Arts banner. Besides Heblikar, the film features Girish Karnad, Shruti and Srikanth in pivotal roles. The music was composed by Vijaya Bhaskar.


Kannada psychodrama based on the true-life case studies of the Pai couple, practicing psychiatrists and the film's producers. Usha (Shruthi), daughter of a retired school teacher, turns down a marriage proposal from a progressive US-based engineer in favour of university colleague Vikas (Srikant). Vikas abandons Usha when his oppressive father demands a dowry she cannot pay. After psychiatric treatment, Usha joins a rural voluntary organisation where she falls for its leader, Francis (Suresh Heblikar). The demise of her second lover after local gossip takes on religious overtones causes a further psychological crisis. The psychiatrist in the film (Girish Karnad), representing the producers, offers a sociological critique of the events.