(story / screenplay / dialogues)
|Music by||R. P. Patnaik|
|Budget||₹6.5 crore (US$1.0 million)|
|Box office||₹10 crore (US$1.6 million) (Share)|
Nijam (English: Truth) is a 2003 Telugu crime film produced & directed by Teja on Chitram Movies banner. The film stars Mahesh Babu and Rakshita. The film's music was composed by R. P. Patnaik. Jyothika was considered as the Lead role but later replaced. Mahesh Babu and Rameshwari won the Nandi Awards in Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories respectively. It was remade as Arjuna in Oriya starring Anubhab Mohanty and Gargi Mohanty.
Sidda Reddy (Jaya Prakash Reddy) is a powerful mafia leader whose right hand is Devudu (Gopichand). Devudu has a lover called Malli (Raasi). Reddy – who also like Malli – takes her to the bed, which is not liked by Devudu. In the process, Devudu kills Reddy and he becomes the leader of the mafia gang. Venkateswarlu (Ranganath) is a fire officer. In an incident, Devudu sets a marketplace a fire and Venkateswarlu rescues it with his firefighting and at the same time, Venkateswarlu slaps Devudu, as he continues throwing Kerosene at the marketplace. Devudu holds a grudge against Venkateswarlu and sends him to jail on a framed charge of murder. Seetaram (Mahesh Babu) who is the son of Venkateswarlu tries to rescue his father from the jaws of police. But in the process, everybody starts asking him for money to do the work. At the end of the day, the police officer kills Venkateswarlu. The rest of the story is about how Seetaram's mother (Talluri Rameswari) takes revenge on the people responsible for the death of her husband with the help of her son Seetaram. The criminals involved in the crime of his father's death are killed one after the other by the mother and the son in a planned and scientific manner. This film tells about an innocent boy, who along with his mother undergoes injustice and also loses his father in this process. The mother in this situation plays the role of a trainer and a guide to her son, making him strong physically and emotionally, to fight back.
- Mahesh Babu as G.Sitaram
- Rakshita as Meera
- Gopichand as Devudu / Devadaya Sharma
- Raasi as Malli
- Prakash Raj as ACP Khalid
- Jaya Prakash Reddy as Sidda Reddy
- Brahmaji as C.I.
- Ranganath as Venkateswarlu (Sitaram's father)
- Rameshwari as Shanti (Sitaram's mother)
- Kanta Rao as Social Worker Narayana Rao
- Vijayachander as DGP
- Rallapalli as Butcher
- Dharmavarapu Subrahmanyam as Traffic constable
- Kondavalasa as Sitaram's neighbor
- Suman Setty as Baddu
- Tirupathi Prakash
- Duvvasi Mohan as Patil
- Jeeva as DCP
- Mani Chandana as Rathalu
- Alapathi Lakshmi
- Master Ghatamaneni Jaya Krishna as Young Sitaram
|Film score by R. P. Patnaik|
|Producer||R. P. Patnaik|
|R. P. Patnaik chronology|
Music composed by R. P. Patnaik. Lyrics was penned by Kula Shekar. Music released on Aditya Music.
|1.||"Chandamama Raave"||R. P. Patnaik, Usha||3:39|
|2.||"Rathalu Rathalu"||RP Patnaik, Usha||4:15|
|3.||"Neelo Unnadi"||RP Patnaik, Usha||4:01|
|4.||"Chi Chi Ante"||RP Patnaik, Usha||4:13|
|5.||"Dhandakam"||Gopichand, Gangadhar Sastry||1:53|
|6.||"Ilage Ilage"||RP Patnaik, Usha||3:54|
|7.||"Kakulu Durani"||RP Patnaik, Ravi Varma||1:48|
|9.||"Chara Chara"||Usha, Murthy||4:04|
|10.||"Rangu Rangula"||RP Patnaik||4:08|
The film was also dubbed into Tamil as Nijam, and then again in 2012 as Seerum Singam. The film was dubbed as Meri Adalat in Hindi, in Bengali as "Aamar Protishodh" and in Bhojpuri as "Hamaar Faisla". It was remade as Arjuna in Oriya starring Anubhab Mohanty and Gargi Mohanty.
Reception and collections
Idlebrain Jeevi in his review gave a rating of 3 out of 5 for the movie with concluding remarks "Overall, it's an average film that has chances to become hit because of the Teja's mass-attracting episodes and Mahesh Babu's brilliant portrayal of the character".
Director Teja in an interview said "We made Nijam in a budget of 6.5 cr INR; We sold audio rights for 2 cr INR and movie initially were sold for a total of 26 cr INR. However, we had to return some of the money to the distributors, since the movie did not reach the expectations of the business circles. In total, we still made a profit of 5-6 cr INR and Nijam was not a flop".
- Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Mahesh Babu
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu - Taluri Rameswari
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- "Nandi Awards 2003". Idlebrain.com. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- "Telugu CineMaa Awards 2003". Idlebrain.com. Retrieved 17 May 2013.