|Directed by||Balu Mahendra|
|Screenplay by||Balu Mahendra|
|Story by||Ahila Mahendra|
|Produced by||Linga Raju|
|Edited by||Balu Mahendra|
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Nireekshana (transl. Awaiting) is a 1986 Indian Telugu-language romantic drama film co-written, directed, filmed, and edited by Balu Mahendra. Produced by Linga Raju, the film stars Bhanu Chander and Archana. Allu Ramalingaiah, P. L. Narayana and Rallapalli play supporting roles roles. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The film was remade into Tamil as Adhu Oru Kana Kaalam (2005). This is a remake of Malayalam film Yathra (1985) by Balu Mahendra himself. The film won two Nandi Awards.
The film became one of the biggest hits of the time. Earlier the film was dubbed into other languages and received huge acclaim.
The story unfolds as Murali Krishna (Bhanu Chandra), a convict, now free from jail, tells his tragic love story to his fellow passengers ina school bus. An orphan and a forest officer by profession, he falls in love with a local tribal woman, Tulasi (Archana), during his stay at a forest area. They decided to get married, and he sets off to tell his best friend about his plans.
On his way back, the police inspector (Narra Venkateswara Rao) arrest him as a suspected naxalite criminal, who looks similar to Murali Krishna. There he accidentally kills a policeman and gets life imprisonment. During his early days at jail, he writes a letter to Tulasi asking her to forget him. When his prison term was about to complete, he writes a letter to see if she waits for him. After long years of torment in the jail he goes to meet Thulasi. Does she still wait for him? That's the question of his fellow passengers, too. At the end, she does wait for him, and welcomes him with lamps.
- Bhanu Chander as Murali Krishna (forest officer)
- Archana as Tulasi (tribal woman)
- Allu Ramalingaiah as Church Father
- Narra Venkateswara Rao as D. Arjun Rao (Inspector)
- Kaikala Satyanarayana as Jailer
- P. J. Sarma
- B. Saroja Devi
- K. K. Sarma
- Keerthy Meenakshi
The film was released in 1986 and became a super hit film.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack, melody|
The music and background score was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. The lyrics were written by Aatreya. The audio was published digitally by Aditya Music and Mango Music. This album is one of the biggest hits of Telugu Music of all time.
All music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja.
|1.||"Thiyyani Danimma"||Aathreya||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja||4:23|
|2.||"Yamuna Theere"||Aathreya||S. Janaki||4:17|
|3.||"Chukkalle Thochave"||Aathreya||K. J. Yesudas||4:22|
|4.||"Aakasam Eenatidho"||Aathreya||S. Janaki||3:55|
The film went onto become one of the highest-grossing Tollywood films of the year. There are no proper resources mentioning the box office collections of the film.
The film received positive reviews from both the audience and critics. Director Balu Mahendra received acclaim for his direction and screenplay skills. Actress Archana received a lot praise for her role in the film. She got huge success for the film making her one of the big actors of the time in Tollywood.
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