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Nireekshana poster.jpg
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Screenplay byBalu Mahendra
Jandhyala (dialogues)
Story byAhila Mahendra
Produced byLinga Raju
StarringBhanu Chander
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byBalu Mahendra
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Lakshmi Films Division
Release date
  • 14 March 1986 (1986-03-14)
Running time
135 minutes

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.[1][2] The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] 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.[4][5] 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.



The film was released in 1986 and became a super hit film.[6]


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack, melody
LabelAditya Music
Mango Music
External audio
audio icon Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The music and background score was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3] The lyrics were written by Aatreya.[7] 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"AathreyaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja4:23
2."Yamuna Theere"AathreyaS. Janaki4:17
3."Chukkalle Thochave"AathreyaK. J. Yesudas4:22
4."Aakasam Eenatidho"AathreyaS. Janaki3:55
Total length:16:17


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.[8]


Nandi Awards - 1986[9]


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  4. ^ Saawariya, About the Author: Meenu (5 November 2016). "Mammootty's Longest Running Movies Ever". Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  5. ^ Venkateswaran, N. (14 February 2014). "Balu Mahendra, who made his visuals speak, dies at 74". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Nireekshana is a Telugu drama film directed by Balu Mahendra starring Bhanu Chander and Archana. The music was composed by Maes… | Drama film, Balu mahendra, Movies". Pinterest. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ "ఇన్ని ఏల సుక్కల్లో నిన్ను నేనెతికానే". Sakshi (in Telugu). 4 February 2019. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ Shedde, Meenakshi (18 July 2015). "Risking life and liberty". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  9. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Retrieved 21 August 2020.(in Telugu)
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