Hyderabad Blues

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Hyderabad Blues
Hyderabad Blues.jpg
Directed by Nagesh Kukunoor
Produced by Nagesh Kukunoor
Written by Nagesh Kukunoor
Starring Nagesh Kukunoor
Rajshri Nair
Elahe Hiptoola
Anoop Ratnaker Rao
Cinematography Ram Prasad
Edited by K.Ramesh
Release date
17 July 1998
Running time
85 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu, English, Hindi

Hyderabad Blues is a 1998 Indian English Hindi movie directed by Nagesh Kukunoor. The film is about a NRI vacationing back home in Hyderabad, India and finding himself a foreigner in his own land.


The protagonist of Hyderabad Blues is Varun, played by the director, Nagesh Kukunoor. The movie revolves around his visit to his home after 12 years in the USA and his resulting culture shock. The movie is a romantic comedy, following Varun's attempts to romance an Indian doctor and balance the local customs of arranged marriage with the Western tradition of dating. The dialogue is primarily in English and Telugu, with some Hindi spoken as well.


In producing the movie, Nagesh Kukunoor invested the money he made from his engineering career in the United States. It was made on a shoe-string budget of Rs. 1.7 million (roughly equivalent to U.S. $ 40,000) and shot in 17 days. Apart from being featured in ten international film festivals, it had theatrical performances that ran for more than six months in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bangalore.


Kukunoor made a sequel in 2004 called Hyderabad Blues 2.


  • Audience Award for best film at the Peachtree International Film Festival in Atlanta.
  • Audience Award for best film at the Rhode Island Film Festival.

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