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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. 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.[1][2] The film won two Nandi Awards. The film was dubbed and released in Tamil, under the title Kanne Kalaimane.[3]


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.



Archana acted for most of the film without wearing a blouse.[4] The film was also inspired by the human rights violations that occurred during the Emergency period (1975–77).[5]


The music and background score was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[6] The lyrics were written by Aatreya.[7] The audio was published digitally by Aditya Music and Mango Music.[8]

1."Thiyyani Danimma"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja4:23
2."Yamuna Theere"S. Janaki4:17
3."Chukkalle Thochave"K. J. Yesudas4:22
4."Aakasam Eenatidho"S. Janaki3:55
Total length:16:17


Reviewing the Tamil-dubbed version Kanne Kalaimaane, Jayamanmadhan of Kalki appreciated Balu Mahendra's cinematography, said Archana had incredible eyes, and Bhanu Chander was "o.k".[9]


Balu Mahendra won the Best Cinematographer, and Archana won the Special Jury Award.[10][11]


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  4. ^ "Yesteryear actress Archana on her role in Nireekshana: It cannot be said that it is a bold character". The Times of India. 19 November 2020. Archived from the original on 19 November 2020. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  5. ^ Shedde, Meenakshi (18 July 2015). "Risking life and liberty". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 1 October 2020. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Ilayaraja's 'Thumbi vaa' is hummed in 7 different ways!". OnManorama. Archived from the original on 20 February 2021. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  7. ^ "ఇన్ని ఏల సుక్కల్లో నిన్ను నేనెతికానే". Sakshi (in Telugu). 4 February 2019. Archived from the original on 3 January 2022. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Nireekshana". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 3 January 2022. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  9. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (24 January 1988). "கண்ணே! கலைமானே!". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 7. Archived from the original on 3 August 2022. Retrieved 28 January 2022.
  10. ^ "నంది అవార్డు విజేతల పరంపర (1964–2008)" [A series of Nandi Award Winners (1964–2008)] (PDF) (in Telugu). Information & Public Relations of Andhra Pradesh. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 February 2015. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  11. ^ Venugopal, L. (7 January 2011). "తెలుగుసినిమా చరిత్ర: Andhra Pradesh State Film Awarda(1986–1996)". Telugu Cinema Charitra. Archived from the original on 22 August 2021. Retrieved 22 August 2021.

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