Thaayi Saheba (1997)
Director: Girish Kasaravalli
Cast: Jayamala, Suresh Hublikar
Winner of the National Award for Best Film, Thaayi Saheba features a strong, central female character – the eponymous Thaayi Saheba – left to run a household after her husband is jailed for protesting against the government. She is forced into a difficult situation when her adopted son falls in love with his father's illegitimate daughter, legally his sister. Thaayi Saheba must choose between letting her son follow his heart and saving herself from being jailed for supporting a legally incestuous relationship.