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Kshanam poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRavikanth Perepu
Produced byPVP cinema
Screenplay byAdivi Sesh
Ravikanth Perepu
Abburi Ravi (Dialogues)
Story byAdivi Sesh
StarringAdivi Sesh
Adah Sharma
Anasuya Bharadwaj
Vennela Kishore
Satyam Rajesh
Satyadev Kancharana
Ravi Varma
Music bySricharan Pakala
CinematographyShaneil Deo
Edited byArjun Shastri
Ravikanth Perepu
Release date
  • 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26)
Running time
118 minutes

Kshanam (English: Moment ) is a 2016 Indian Telugu-language mystery thriller film released worldwide on 26 February 2016. It was directed by Ravikanth Perepu, with Adivi Sesh and Adah Sharma in lead roles and Anasuya Bharadwaj, Vennela Kishore, Satyam Rajesh, Satyadev Kancharana, and Ravi Varma appearing in supporting roles. Music is by Sricharan Pakala and cinematography by Shaneil Deo. The film opened to critical acclaim & commercial success.[citation needed] The film was remade in Tamil as Sathya (2017) and in Hindi as Baaghi 2 and being remade in Kannada as Aadhya.[1][2]


Rishi, a San Francisco-based investment banker, gets a voice call from his ex-lover Shweta. They studied medicine in the same college and wanted to marry, but her father arranged an alliance with an entrepreneur named Karthik. Rishi leaves for India with the pretence of attending a marriage in their relatives' household. He takes a car for hire from Babu Khan, a travel agent. Rishi also takes a SIM card on his sister's address and stays at Hotel Marriott.

Rishi meets Shweta at a restaurant and learns her five-year-old daughter Ria is missing. Things went worse when none except Shweta believes that Ria actually exists. He also learns about Karthik's brother Bobby, a drug addict who regularly visits her home. Rishi begins an informal investigation which fails many times, but Babu saves him. Posing as Vasanth Khanna, a police officer, Rishi meets Karthik and learns that the couple was childless. Karthik recalls Shweta being attacked by two masked men to steal her car. He added that Shweta went into a coma and post-recovery started telling that she had a five-year-old daughter named Ria.

Perplexed, Rishi later watches a closed-circuit television video footage of the masked men attacking Shweta on the day when Ria went missing. Ria is seen nowhere in the footage, which makes Rishi doubt Shweta's mental condition. He confronts Shweta, who refuses to acknowledge that Ria is imaginary. Rishi sees height markings of a child on a wall and before he could react, Shweta commits suicide. ACP Jaya and Inspector Ravi Chowdary investigate the suicide case. Khanna is killed in Marriott, and Khan confesses to Rishi that he saw Bobby kidnapping Ria. They meet Jaya and Chowdary and get Bobby killed by Jaya.

The same night, Khanna's murderers attack Khan and Rishi, and Khan is killed. Rishi watches a MMS in the murderers' phone sent by Jaya instructing to kill him. Rishi meets Jaya at her farmhouse where Ria is hidden. Jaya reveals that Karthik wanted to kill Ria and arranged the attack, after which she found Ria in Bobby's custody. After meeting Ria, Jaya conspires to raise Ria as her daughter, because she lost her husband and unborn daughter in a car accident. She wanted to name her daughter as Ria. So when she sees Shwetha's daughter, she convinced herself that her daughter has came back. Then Jaya makes a deal with Karthik. Karthik wanted Shweta to suffer; so according to Jaya's plan he convinced his friends and family to pretend Ria never existed, saying Shweta cannot bear the shock of her daughter's death.

Before Jaya could kill Rishi, Chowdary shoots her after listening to the conversation. Karthik is arrested and reveals that Ria was not his daughter, as a medical report confirmed him sterile in the past. Then Rishi remembers his last meeting with Shweta. She came to him for giving her wedding card and suddenly they make love. Then Rishi realizes Ria is his biological child and approaches her, he sees a reflection of Shweta smiling at him.



The film's concept was inspired by a small incident in actor and filmmaker Adivi Sesh's life when he felt scared for a four-year-old girl and her friends at a school in Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad.[3] Concerned about the girl's safety, Sesh wanted to make a thriller film with the missing of a three-year-old being the backdrop.[4] Prasad V Potluri of PVP Cinema agreed to bankroll the film and Sesh's friend Ravikanth Perepu was chosen to direct the film; it marked the latter's debut in Telugu cinema.[5] Sesh and Perepu worked on the screenplay for ten months. Pre-production phase began three months after the scripting work commenced. Sesh and Perepu chose to work with a low budget to make the project a feasible one, considering the genre's appeal.[5] The film's crew consisted of 20 members; two of Perepu's twelfth grade friends were the associate directors.[5]

While writing the script, Sesh and Perepu discussed possibilities for every situation and discarded the first one as it would be a predictable one.[5] Shaneil Deo was the film's director of photography. Sricharan Pakala composed the film's soundtrack and score. Perepu edited the film with Arjun Shastri;[6] Sesh and the associate directors did involve in the process.[5] Sesh played Rishi, an investment banker who searches for his ex-girlfriend's missing child on her request.[3][4] He stated that Rishi was modelled on his real self in terms of sensibilities except for the fact that the character is an alcoholic.[7]


The Music Was Composed By Sricharan Pakala and Released by Junglee Music.The background Score of the Film was Much appreciated with the songs cheliya and Ee Kshanam Topping the charts.

Soundtrack album by
Sricharan Pakala
ReleasedFeb 21, 2016
Label Junglee Music
ProducerSricharan Pakala
Sricharan Pakala chronology
Guntur Talkies
Naruda Donaruda
Track list
1."Ee Kshanam"Ravikanth PerepuRavikanth Perepu4:04
2."Pada Pada Pranama"Ramajogayya SastryPoojan Kohli, Ambika Sashittal4:22
3."Cheliya Cheliya"SirasriIshaq Vali, Nalini Srikar4:16
4."Nostalgia" Instrumental2:15
5."Conspiracy" Instrumental2:47
6."Soul Of Kshanam" Instrumental1:51
7."Rishi's Destiny" Instrumental2:04
Total length:21:39

Release and Reception[edit]

The theatrical trailer was released on 10 February 2016, which increased expectations and curiosity among the audience. Kshanam was released on 26 February 2016 across Telangana and Andhra Pradesh and received critical acclaim and received positive response from the first show.[8][9] The Hindu gave it 4 stars.[10]

Box office[edit]

In 10 days since its release, Kshanam grossed about ₹ 4.8 crores at the Telugu (AP and Telangana) Box office.[11] It collected $65,679 (₹ 44.83 lakh) from 27 screens at the US box office in the first weekend.[12] In its second weekend, it collected $28,889 from 20 screens at the US box office and its 10-day total US collection stands at $111,037 (₹ 74.68 lakh).[13] the movie was remade in Hindi as Baaghi 2 starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani.


Ceremony Category Nominee Result Ref.
64th Filmfare Awards South Best Film PVP Cinema Nominated [14]
Best Director Ravikanth Perepu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Anasuya Bharadwaj Nominated
2nd IIFA Utsavam Best Story Adivi Sesh Nominated [15]
Best Performance In A Supporting Role - Female Anasuya Bharadwaj Nominated
Best Film Prasad V. Potluri Nominated
Best Screenplay Adivi Sesh Won
Nandi Award Best Screenplay Writer Adivi Sesh Won [16]


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  5. ^ a b c d e Dundoo, Sangeetha Devi (11 March 2016). "The man behind 'Kshanam'". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 April 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  6. ^ Kshanam (motion picture) (in Telugu). India: PVP Cinema. 2016. From 01:57:15 to 01:58:21.
  7. ^ Palaparthi, Srividya (3 March 2016). "I'm kicked about the kudos Kshanam got: Adivi Sesh". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 21 November 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016.
  8. ^ I am glad Kshanam broke all Tollywood stereotypes: Adah Sharma
  9. ^ I’m kicked about the kudos Kshanam got: Adivi Sesh
  10. ^ Sangeetha Devi Dundoo. "Kshanam review: A well made thriller". The Hindu.
  11. ^ ‘Kshanam’ strikes gold at box office
  12. ^ Kshanam US box office collection
  13. ^ US box office collection: 'Kshanam' beats 'Guntur Talkies', 'Shourya', 'KVPG' this weekend
  14. ^ https://www.filmfare.com/awards/filmfare-awards-south-2017/telugu/nominations
  15. ^ http://www.iifautsavam.com/winners2017.php
  16. ^ Shekhar H. Hooli. "Nandi Awards 2014, 15 and 16 winners list: Mahesh Babu, Jr NTR, Balakrishna bag best actor awards". ibtimes. Retrieved 15 November 2017.

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