StorylineNeela (Kannada: ನೀಲಾ) is a 2001 Indian Kannada drama film directed by T. S. Nagabharana and written by Kotiganahalli Ramayya. Featuring Gayatri Jayaraman in the lead protagonist role, the film also stars Ananth Nag, Shivadhwaj, Jayanthi and Naveen Mayur in other key roles.The film speaks about a nomadic folk singer, Neela, who belongs to the "Neelagararu" tribe. She encounters a cancer in her throat and suddenly loses her voice. The story continues highlighting her struggle to survive in the conservative society. The film was screened at the Indian Panorama international festival and won many accolades for the content. The film also won the Third best film at the Karnataka State Awards.