Shiva (1990 film)

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Directed byRam Gopal Varma
Written byRam Gopal Varma
Iqbal Durrani (dialogues)
Based onSiva (Telugu)
by Ram Gopal Varma
Produced byAkkineni Venkat
Yarlagadda Surendra
J. D. Chakravarthy
CinematographyS. Gopal Reddy
Edited byShankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Annapurna Studios
S. S. Creations
Release date
7 December 1990 (1990-12-07)
Running time
161 minutes

Shiva is a 1990 Indian Hindi-language action drama film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It was a remake of Varma's debut Telugu film, Siva (1989). The film has Nagarjuna (in his Hindi debut) and Amala in lead roles with Raghuvaran and J. D. Chakravarthy as the antagonists. All four actors reprise their roles from the original Telugu film. The film became a blockbuster.[1][2] The success led to Ram Gopal Varma directing a prequel in 2006 which has no connection to the original except similar name. [3]


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, 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, whose criminal network lends muscle to a local politician Tilak Dhari.

Shiva is a new student at college. He joins a small group of friends, including Prakash and Asha. 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 to stand for the 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. Krishna Rao takes his plight to Shiva; Shiva agrees to help in return for muscle, and Rao 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 and finds Asha. When he learns that Ganesh has already been presented in court and an arrest warrant has been issued for him, Bhavani kills Asha, also Tilakdhari for betrayal and leaves.

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 he has lost almost everything in the bargain.



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


Film score by
LabelVenus Cassettes
Ilaiyaraaja chronology
Thoorpu Sindhooram
Bobbili Raja

Music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Lyrics were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri.

Song Singer
"Marte Hai" Suresh Wadkar, Asha Bhosle
"Meri Qadar Jani" Suresh Wadkar, S. Janaki
"Jagde Jagde Ja" Udit Narayan, S. Janaki
"Anando Bramha Govindo Mahaar" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Kavita Krishnamurthy


  1. ^ "Metro Plus Vijayawada : A saga in the making?". The Hindu. 16 October 2010. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ patenik2 (21 September 2005). "SHIVA -1989 BOLLYWOOD - Review - Movie Review - Ratings - Great Indian Movies - Shiva - -".{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b "Directorate of Film Festival" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 April 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2012.

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