Shiva (1990 film)

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Shiva
Shiva film.jpg
Promotional Poster
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Produced by Akkineni Venkat
Written by Iqbal Durrani
Screenplay by Ram Gopal Varma
Story by Ram Gopal Varma
Starring Nagarjuna
Amala
Raghuvaran
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography S. Gopal Reddy
Edited by Shankar
Production
company
Annapurna Studios
S. S. Creations
Release date
  • 7 December 1990 (1990-12-07)
Running time
161 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi

Shiva is a 1990 Indian action film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It was a remake of Varma's debut Telugu film, Siva (1989). The film has Nagarjuna and Amala in lead roles. The film became a blockbuster.[1][2] The success led to Ram Gopal Varma directing a prequel in 2006. [3]

Plot[edit]

The film opens to a classroom in a (fictional) VAS college of Arts & Sciences. After the classes, upon the directions of a college student JD (JD Chakravarthy), a bunch of goons led by Ganesh savagely assaults a group of students right outside the college gate. It's later made clear that JD was settling some campus scores and that the incident resulted in at least one student leaving the college, deepening the fear for JD in the campus.

It turns out that JD is the (unopposed) president of the college students' union and the leader of a notorious campus gang, powerful enough to prevent the college Principal from taking disciplinary actions against their unsavory conduct, which includes eve-teasing and insulting professors. JD's connections, through Ganesh, reaches a gangster named Bhavani Chaudhury (Raghuvaran), whose criminal network lends muscle to a local politician Tilak Dhari (Paresh Rawal).

Shiva (Nagarjuna) is a new student at college. He joins a small group of friends including Prakash (Raj Zutshi) and Asha (Amala). Shiva's confident gait and tough attitude leads to JD locking horns with him. An inevitable fight ensues, in which Shiva and friends beat up JD's gang, in broad daylight within the campus. Emboldened by the incident, Shiva's friends plan to fight the students' union elections. Shiva proposes the nerdy friend Naresh (Jagan) to stand for president-ship. He also rebuffs Ganesh's initial warning to stay out of politics.

When Ganesh attempts to use force, Shiva beats him back too. The matter comes before Bhavani. Bhavani is mildly annoyed, but he studies Shiva as a potential replacement for JD. At his behest, Naresh is assaulted and rendered unable to run. At this point, Shiva accepts the nomination and decides to run.

Meanwhile, Bhavani has other troubles. He refuses to side with a worker's union leader Krishna Rao (Ajit Vachani). Krishna Rao takes his plight to Shiva; Shiva agrees to help in return for muscle, and Krishna Reddy provides this by calling upon the workers. Around this time, Asha expresses a romantic interest in Shiva. The friendship progresses and they eventually marry.

The stage is now set. Bhavani launches a set of sniper attacks on those close to Shiva. Shiva retaliates in kind and takes out many of Bhavani's leaders. Tilak Dhari notices that Shiva is launching a fitting response to Bhavani and decides to stop supporting Bhavani. Angered, humiliated and defeated, Bhavani strikes Shiva's home.

A final fight ensues in which eventually, Shiva manages to kill Bhavani, ridding the city of one of its most terrifying anti-social elements, while personally coming to terms with the fact that his wife is killed by the Bhavani gang, in the bargain.

Cast[edit]

Soundtrack[edit]

Shiva
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Film score by Illayaraja
Released 1990
Genre Soundtrack
Length 18:32
Label Venus Cassettes
Producer Illayaraja
Illayaraja chronology
Thoorpu Sindhooram
(1990)Thoorpu Sindhooram1990
Shiva
(1990)
Bobbili Raja
(1990)Bobbili Raja1990

Music composed by Illayaraja. Lyrics written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. All songs are blockbuster hits. Music released on Venus Cassettes.

No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Botany Chodenge"Suresh Wadkar, Udit Narayan, S. Janaki4:26
2."Anando Bramho"SP Balu, Kavita Krishnamurthy4:29
3."Mere Qadar Jani"Suresh Wadkar,S. Janaki5:07
4."Kiss Me Hello"SP Balu,Kavita Krishnamurthy4:30
Total length:18:32

Trivia[edit]

The college campus depicted in the film was shot at Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University in Hyderabad.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metro Plus Vijayawada : A saga in the making?". The Hindu. 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  2. ^ patenik2 (21 September 2005). "SHIVA -1989 BOLLYWOOD - Review - Movie Review - Ratings - Great Indian Movies - Shiva - MouthShut.com - MouthShut.com". mouthshut.com. 
  3. ^ a b "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Iffi.nic.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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