Priyanka (1994 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byNeelakanta
Screenplay byNeelakanta
Rajkumar Santoshi
Story bySutanu Gupta
Produced byNeelakanta
CinematographyB. Kannan
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Neelakanta Arts
Release date
  • 27 May 1994 (1994-05-27)
Running time
140 minutes

Priyanka is a 1994 Indian Tamil-language legal drama film produced and directed by Neelakanta in his debut. A remake of the 1993 Hindi film Damini, it stars Prabhu, Jayaram and Revathi. The film was released on 27 May 1994, and Revathi won numerous awards for her performance, including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil.


Priyanka is a straightforward person and the daughter of Krishnan, a postmaster. Her father is looking for a groom for her elder sister and herself, but her sister elopes with another man. Shekar, a wealthy businessman, falls in love with Priyanka at first sight. Shekar's father, Sriram, is business partners with Gokulnath, and they decide to arrange a marriage between Shekar and Gokulnath's daughter, Kamini. However, Shekar reveals his love for Priyanka to his family, and they accept it. Shekar and Priyanka get married, but Gokulnath feels betrayed and decides to take revenge on Shekar's family. Priyanka moves into Gokulnath's bungalow.

One day, Priyanka and Shekar witness Shekar's younger brother Vinoth and his friends raping the young maid-servant Ganga. Ganga files a complaint against Vinoth, who is arrested by Ravi, a police officer. However, to save Vinoth, Shekar's family tries to smother the case. Priyanka decides to become the principal witness after seeing Ganga in the hospital, but Shekar's mother orders her to leave the bungalow while Shekar is abroad. Priyanka decides to live with her sister.

The matter goes to court, and Sriram hires Rudrayya, a criminal lawyer who has never lost a case. Shekar asks Priyanka to forget everything and return home, but she refuses. At the court, Rudrayya, Shekar's family, and even Krishnan, Priyanka's father, portray her as a mentally unstable person. As a result, Priyanka is sent to a mental hospital by a judicial order, and Vinoth orders her to be killed. Unable to bear the mental torture in the hospital, Priyanka escapes and runs into Arjun, an alcoholic lawyer, who re-opens the rape case. Later, Ganga dies in the hospital with a suicide note written by Ravi, but Ganga was illiterate. The rest of the story revolves around what transpires next.



Priyanka, a remake of the 1993 Hindi film Damini,[6] is the directorial debut of Neelakanta.[1]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics written by Vaali, Pulamaipithan and Mu. Metha.[7] The song "Durga Durga" is set in the Carnatic raga Revati,[8] "Nyabagam Illaiyo" is set in Simhendramadhyamam,[9] and "Vanakkuyile Kuyil" is set in Lalitha.[10]

Track Song Singer(s) Lyrics Duration
1 "Durga Durga" K. S. Chithra Vaali 2:59
2 "Jilla Mulukka" Mano, K. S. Chithra 5:10
3 "Nyabagam Illaiyo" (duet) Ilaiyaraaja, S. Janaki Mu. Metha 5:00
4 "Nyabagam Illaiyo" (solo) Ilaiyaraaja 2:43
5 "Vanakkuyile Kuyil" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali 4:56
6 "Vettukili Vetti Vantha" Mano, Swarnalatha Pulamaipithan 6:09

Release and reception[edit]

Priyanka was released on 27 May 1994.[11] The Indian Express praised Neelakanta's direction, saying that he "displays a lot of confidence in handling the script [..] and the essence of the film is not list" and also praised artistes for "giving very credible and satisfying performances".[1] The Hindu wrote, "The portrayal of [Prabhu] will be the talking point for some time to come".[12] K. Vijiyan of New Straits Times wrote, "Priyanka is saved by good performances by Revathi, [Jayaram], Prabhu and [Nassar] and the drama in the court scenes".[2] T. K. Balaji wrote for Indolink, "Revathi carries off her role with [consummate] ease, as does Prabhu and [Nassar]. Its [Jayaram], who disappoints, as her husband, with a strong Mallu accent. A good screenplay, pleasing score by [Ilaiyaraaja], well scripted and directed by Neelakanta all make for [pleasant] viewing", and praised the absence of a comedy subplot and "over done melodrama".[4] Thulasi of Kalki praised the film's concept and performances of star cast.[13] Independent critics Jaisankar and Sudhakar wrote, "Priyanka is a very serious, but, good movie."[5]


Event Award Awardee Ref.
Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Tamil Revathi [14]
Film Fans Association Awards Best Actress – Tamil Revathi [15]
Kumudam Awards Best Actress – Tamil Revathi


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  2. ^ a b c d Vijiyan, K. (18 June 1994). "Choice of honesty or her marriage". New Straits Times. p. 24. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ Rajpal, Roktim (30 April 2020). "RIP Rishi Kapoor: 7 iconic movies that prove 'Chintuji' is irreplaceable". Deccan Herald. Archived from the original on 14 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
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  5. ^ Rajitha (1 December 1998). "Makes and remakes". Archived from the original on 26 October 2017. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Priyanka (1994)". Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  7. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 127.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 149.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 165.
  10. ^ "Priyanka (1994)". Screen4Screen. Archived from the original on 14 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  11. ^ "பிரியங்கா". Dina Thanthi (in Tamil and English). 24 June 1994. Archived from the original on 9 February 2023. Retrieved 9 February 2023.
  12. ^ "பிரியங்கா". Kalki (in Tamil). 5 June 1994. p. 29.
  13. ^ "South Indian actress Revathy directing Tamil tele-serial". India Today. 31 August 1995. Archived from the original on 14 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  14. ^ "my awards". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 14 June 2021.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. OCLC 295034757.

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