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 had musical score by Ilaiyaraaja and was released on 27 May 1994. For her performance, Revathi won numerous awards including the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil.


Priyanka is a straightforward person and daughter of Krishnan, a postmaster. Her father looks for a groom for her elder sister and her. Later, her sister elopes with another man. Shekar, a rich businessman, falls in love with Priyanka at first sight. Gokulnath and Sriram (Shekar's father) are business partners and they make a decision: to arrange the marriage between Shekar and Gokulnath's daughter Kamini. Shekar reveals his love to his family and they accept it. Then, Shekar marries Priyanka. Gokulnath feels betrayed and decides to take revenge on Shekar's family. Priyanka moves into his bungalow. One day, Priyanka and Shekhar witness, Shekhar's younger brother Vinoth and his friends, raping the young maid-servant Ganga.

Afterwards, Ganga, in a serious condition, files a complaint against Vinoth. Ravi, a police officer, compels Priyanka to become the principal witness. To save Vinoth from this odd affair, Shekar's family including Priyanka try to smother it. Thereafter, Priyanka decides to become the witness after seeing Ganga in hospital. Ravi is, in fact, Shekar's man and arrests Vinoth. Susila, Shekar's mother, orders Priyanka to leave the bungalow while Shekar is abroad. Priyanka decides to live with her sister.

The matter is taken up in court and Sriram appoints Rudrayya, a criminal lawyer who has never lost a case. In return, Shekar asks Priyanka to forget everything and to come back home but she refuses. At the court, Priyanka is portrayed as a mentally unstable person by Rudrayya, Shekar's family and surprisingly by her father Krishnan. Priyanka is subsequently sent to a mental hospital by a judicial order and Vinoth orders to kill her. Unable to bear the mental torture in the hospital, she escapes and runs into Arjun, an alcoholic lawyer. Arjun re-opens the rape case. Ganga dies in hospital with a suicide note written by Ravi, but Ganga was illiterate. What transpires later forms the crux of the story.



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


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack

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 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. Vijiyin 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] 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 [13]
Film Fans Association Awards Best Actress – Tamil Revathi [14]
Kumudam Awards Best Actress – Tamil Revathi


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  2. ^ a b c d Vijiyin, K. (18 June 1994). "Choice of honesty or her marriage". New Straits Times. p. 24.
  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.
  4. ^ a b c d e Jaisankar; Sudhakar (1997). "Priyanka". Geocities. Archived from the original on 8 October 2000. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  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 14 June 2021. Retrieved 14 June 2021.
  12. ^ "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.
  13. ^ "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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