|Directed by||Balu Mahendra|
|Screenplay by||Balu Mahendra|
|Story by||Ahila Mahendra|
|Produced by||Linga Raju|
|Edited by||Balu Mahendra|
Lakshmi Films Division
Nireekshana (transl. The Waiting) 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. 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 was dubbed and released in Tamil, under the title Kanne Kalaimane.
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)
- P. L. Narayana as Tulasi's father
- 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
|1.||"Thiyyani Danimma"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja||4:23|
|2.||"Yamuna Theere"||S. Janaki||4:17|
|3.||"Chukkalle Thochave"||K. J. Yesudas||4:22|
|4.||"Aakasam Eenatidho"||S. Janaki||3:55|
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