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Kshana Kshanam (English: Moment to Moment) is a 1991 Indian Telugu-language neo-noir road film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma.[2] The film stars Venkatesh, Sridevi and Paresh Rawal in the lead roles. The sound track and background score is composed by M. M. Keeravani, which received rave reviews.[3] The narrative by Ram Gopal Varma, and the cinematography by S. Gopala Reddy, received positive reviews.[4][5]

Kshana Kshanam
Kshana kshanam self made DVD cover scan.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma
Produced by K. L. Narayana
Y. Lakshmana Chowdary
S. Gopala Reddy
Screenplay by Ram Gopal Varma
Jandhyala (dialogues)
Story by Ram Gopal Varma
Starring Venkatesh
Paresh Rawal
Rami Reddy
Music by M. M. Keeravani
Cinematography S. Gopala Reddy
Edited by Shankar
Sri Durga Arts
Release date
  • 9 October 1991 (1991-10-09)
25 December 1991 (2nd run)
Running time
158 minutes
Country India
Language Telugu

Produced by Durga Arts, the film went on to become a sleeper hit with its second theatrical release in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, along with a dubbed Hindi version titled Hairaan which gathered positive reports from Bollywood critics.[4] It was screened at the International Film Festival of India, Ann Arbor Film Festival, and the Fribourg International Film Festival.[6][7] The path breaking film received critical acclaim which led to four state Nandi Awards, including the Nandi Award for Best Direction (Varma), Best Actress (Sridevi), and Best Cinematographer (Gopala Reddy). The film also won two Filmfare Awards South.

The comedy thriller film is one of the highest rated Telugu films on the Internet Movie Database. Varma later remade the film in Hindi as Daud, and also donned films such as Thiruda Thiruda, Anaganaga Oka Roju and Road on the lines of Kshana Kshanam.[7]



The film is the story of a middle class girl (Sridevi) and a thief (Daggubati Venkatesh) brought together under strange circumstances. The film revolves around the pair chased by an eccentric bank robber, (Paresh Rawal) and the police (Rami Reddy).


Actor / Actress Character
Sridevi Satya
Venkatesh Chandu
Paresh Rawal Nayar (Mastan), a gangster
Rami Reddy Inspector Yadav
Brahmanandam Store Manager
Narsing Yadav Narsing
Horse Babu Narayana
Hema Sarala


Bijon Das Gupta was the production designer for the film. Filming was done in Hyderabad, Nallamala forests, and Mudumalai National Park. Sridevi's acclaimed performance of an innocent girl stuck in a tight spot, won her awards. She also sang the soundtrack "Kingu La Kanipisthunnadu" which was shot in The Leela Mumbai.


Kshana Kshanam
Film score by M. M. Keeravani
Released 1991
Genre Soundtrack
Length 28:37
Label Surya Audio
Producer M. M. Keeravani
M. M. Keeravani chronology
Kshana Kshanam

Music composed by M. M. Keeravani. All songs are blockbusters.

No. Title Lyrics Singer(s) Length
1. "Jaamu Raatiri" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri SP Balu, K. S. Chithra 4:59
2. "Jumbaare" Vennelakanti Mano, K. S. Chithra 6:55
3. "Ammayi Muddu" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri SP Balu, K. S. Chithra 5:37
4. "Andanantha Etta" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri SP Balu, K. S. Chithra 5:18
5. "Ko ante koti" Sirivennela Sitaramasastri SP Balu, Sridevi 5:25
Total length: 28:37



  1. ^ "Kshana Kshanam (1991) - Movie Review, Story, Trailers, Videos, Photos, Wallpapers, Songs, Trivia, Movie Tickets". Archived from the original on 2013-02-18. 
  2. ^ "Kshana Kshanam (Ram Gopal Varma) 1991 –". 
  3. ^ "No Limit for Adventure, Situational Comedy and Action- Kshana Kshanam Part 3". Marapuraani Chitralu. 
  4. ^ a b Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema- Kshana Kshanam, Pg(503)-Professor of critical Studies-Paul Willemen-2014
  5. ^ "telugu cinema - Good Films - Kshanakshanam - Venkatesh, Sridevi - Ram Gopal Varma - S Gopal Reddy - MM Keeravani". Archived from the original on 11 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (10 July 2014). "Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema". Routledge – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ a b "Edouard Waintrop on the New Indian Cinema : UP Front – India Today". India Today. 18 May 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012. 

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