Accident (1985 film)

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Accident (1985) poster.jpg
Directed byShankar Nag
Written byVasant Mukashi
Screenplay byVasant Mukashi
StarringAnant Nag
Shankar Nag
Arundhati Nag
Ramesh Bhat
Edited byP. Bhaktavatsalam
Music byIlayaraja
Distributed bySanket
Release date
  • 9 November 1985 (1985-11-09)
Running time
125 minutes

Accident is a 1984 Indian Kannada language film directed by Shankar Nag.


Deepak, the spoilt son of a powerful politician Dharmadhikari, runs his car over pavement dwellers one night under the influence of drugs. All are killed, except Ramanna, who identifies the driver. His friend Rahul, son of an advertising agency chief, is with him during the accident. The shock of the accident leaves Rahul deeply traumatised.

Unable to hold the secret any longer, Rahul shares the truth with his mother. She in turn implores Dharmadhikari to save them. Dharmadhikari who is slated to win a by-election cannot afford to let this accident ruin his political ambitions. He hushes up the case with the help of Chief Minister and sends his son on a trip abroad. Sub-Inspector Rao takes charge of the case as an investigative officer.

Ravi, a daring investigative journalist, joins Rao and they investigate the case together. When Rao identifies the culprits, Dharmadhikari asks his retired driver to say he was driving the car.

As a result of the events that have transpired, Rao is asked to go on leave and Ravi's editor refuses to run the story. On his way to the airport, Deepak dies in an accident.



Contrary to stereotypes of Indian cinema which include romantic interests and musical sequences, Accident takes a neo-noir approach. This can be considered one of the earliest attempts towards a paradigm shift in film making in India which didn't take off until the early 2000s as a result of the death of Shankar Nag in 1990.


The film starred Shankar Nag's brother Anant Nag and his wife Arundhati Nag.[1] The film was produced in two months. While filming the climax, Anant Nag who was playing the politician, was to be shot in the courtyard of his house. He had wanted to base it around the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Shankar Nag agreed that it had to be that way and therefore changed the ending of the film.[2]


The film won the first National Film Award for Best Film on Other Social Issues at the 32nd National Film Awards in 1985.[3] It also won multiple awards at the 1984–85 Karnataka State Film Awards including the award for First Best Film. The film was praised for placing a politician against justice system and media revealing the nexus between politics and drug mafia.[4]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

32nd National Film Awards
1984–85 Karnataka State Film Awards
14th International Film Festival of India
  • Screening; homage to Shankar Nag


  1. ^ "28 years on, 'accident' once more". The Times of India.
  2. ^ "The final accident". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 1 October 2010.
  3. ^ "32nd National Film Festival (1985)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF).
  4. ^ "Best Kannada Thrillers from Different Eras Now Available on OTT". 24 September 2020.

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