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Nirnayam (1991 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byPriyadarshan
Written byGanesh Patro (dialogues)
Screenplay byPriyadarshan
Story byPriyadarshan
Based onVandanam (1989) by Priyadarshan
Produced byD. Kishore
Murali Mohan (Presents)
Amala Akkineni
CinematographyS. Kumar
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 21 February 1991 (1991-02-21)
Running time
164 minutes

Nirnayam (transl.Decision) is a 1991 Indian Telugu-language action drama film directed by Priyadarshan in his Telugu debut, produced by D. Kishore on Jayabheri Art Productions banner, presented by M.Murali Mohan, starring Nagarjuna, Amala Akkineni[1] and music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2][3][4][5]

The movie was dubbed in Tamil and Hindi languages as Sambavam and Girafthari respectively. This film is a remake of Priyadarshan's own 1989 Malayalam film Vandanam starring Mohanlal which itself was based on the 1987 movie Stakeout.[6]


A sincere cop named Vamsi Krishna (Nagarjuna) is sent undercover along with two other cops. Shivram (Subhalekha Sudhakar) is one of those cops and is a close friend and associate to Vamsi. The cops are sent by the Police Commissioner (Giri Babu) to track down a vicious and dangerous criminal named Raghuram (Murali Mohan). Vamsi performs surveillance on Raghuram's daughter Geetha (Amala) by getting into her opposite building's flat in a residential complex to gather details and whereabouts of her criminal father. Geeta lives with her aunt Jolly (Sukumari). When Vamsi, in the guise of a telephone department inspector, pursues Geetha and falls in love with her, she reciprocates his love interest initially but refuses after she gets to know the truth that he is a cop and is about to drag her father to prison. Vamsi gets hold of Raghuram through Geetha and finds out that he is actually an innocent victim. The real criminal, Prahlad (Sharat Saxena), deceives Raghuram and plans a crime operation. The misunderstanding between Geetha and Vamsi gets cleared up, and Vamsi banishes Prahlad.



Film score by
LabelEcho Music
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Stuartpuram Police Station

Music composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Music released on ECHO Audio Company.

1."Hello Guru"Ganesh PatroS. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:04
2."Mila Mila"VeturiMano, S. Janaki5:05
3."Epudepudepudani"SirivennelaS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:48
4."Enta Enta Dooram"Ganesh PatroS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra5:04
5."O Papalu"Ganesh PatroS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Swarnalatha5:04
Total length:25:06


  1. ^ "Telugu star Nagarjuna's wife Amala roped in for cameo in Bollywood film". Mid-Day. 16 December 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  2. ^ James, Anu (7 September 2016). "'Oppam': 5 reasons to watch Mohanlal and Priyadarshan's movie". International Business Times. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Legacy continues". The Hindu. 22 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday Nagarjuna. Still Captain Of Hearts @57". NDTV Movies. 29 August 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Nagarjuna completes 30 years today". Telugu Cinema. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Did you know? Mohanlal's 1989 Malayalam hit 'Vandanam' was extensively shot in Bengaluru". The Times of India. 21 May 2021.

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