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Theatrical poster
Directed byVamsy
Produced byKamineni Prasad
Written byVamsy
Kaikala Satyanarayana
Sarath Babu
Music byIlayaraja
CinematographyM. V. Raghu
Edited byAnil Malnad
Release date
22 May 1985
Budget1,500,000 INR

Anveshana (Telugu: అన్వేషణ) is a 1985 Telugu thriller film directed by Vamsy.[1] The film stars Karthik, Bhanupriya, Kaikala Satyanarayana and Sarath Babu in important roles. This is the third film for Vamsy as a director after Manchupallaki and Sitaara .[1] The film was also dubbed in Tamil as Paadum Paravaigal.

The story revolves around an Ornithologist and a Police Investigator coming to a forest and trying to solve the mystery of a series of killings, allegedly by a man-eating tiger, but soon find out it is a serial killer and the identity is revealed in the end.


Mr. Rao (Sathyanarayana) has a dream of publishing a book on birds and the origin of music from their sounds. Pandu (Rallapalli) works as his driver. They stay in a forest house and prepare the thesis for the same. He calls Hema (Bhanupriya) from a city and appoints her to write the book. James (Sarath Babu) is a Police officer investigating the case of a man-eater tiger in that area. After she comes, Rao's manager Ghokale is brutally killed in the forest, allegedly by a tiger. Rao had to appoint another manager Amar (Karthik) for assisting his work. After he comes, a bullock cart owner Suranna is also killed in the forest, supposedly by a tiger.

It is revealed that Amar is actually a police officer in disguise who comes to investigate the serial killings in the forest. When Suranna dies, he follows the footprints of the tiger and finds out that they actually belong to a human. He suspects the murders are well planned by a criminal. He also came to know that the victims were actually following Hema when she was wandering in the forest. He seeks the help of Hema in solving the case, to which she agrees. How they find the killer forms the rest of the story.


After Vamsy directed Sitaara (1984), producer Kamineni Prasad approached Vamsy and gave him an advance for making the next film with him. He was fine with any story. He just wanted an outline of the story. Vamsy thought of making a suspense film. He was interested in this genre from his childhood. He recollected a Kannada film Aparichita (1978) he watched some time back. It was completely shot in a forest. He also wanted to write a similar story line. He had an outline of the story. He worked with several script writers, but he was not satisfied with them. Then he tried to write the story as a novel. At the same time, Indira Gandhi was assassinated and there was unrest in the country and all the shootings were cancelled. In this time period, he completed the novel and showed it to the producers, and they liked it.[2]

The art director Thota Tarani built a set in Talakona forest near Tirupati.[3] The film unit stayed in a nearby village, Nerabailu.




Ilaiyaraaja composed the music for this film. Vamsi and Ilaiyaraaja went to Madhurai to compose the music for the film. It took more than a week for Ilaiyaraaja to compose the re-recording for this film. Lyrics were written by Veturi Sundararama Murthy.[3]


Song Title Singer(s) Lyrics
"Keeravaani" S. P. Balu, S. Janaki Veturi
"Eknatha Vela" S. P. Balu, S. Janaki
"Edhalo Laya" S. Janaki
"Ilalo" S. Janaki, S. P. Balu


  1. ^ a b Admin. "Anveshana (1985) – A Retrospective". Telugu cinema. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Vamsy about his 'Anveshana'". Telugucinema. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Vamsy. "Director Vamsy Facebook post". Vamsy. Retrieved 15 July 2016.

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