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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 Sridevi and Venkatesh in the lead roles. Paresh Rawal and Rami Reddy are featured in supporting roles. The musical score was composed by M. M. Keeravani.

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
Satyanand (dialogues)
Story by Ram Gopal Varma
Starring Sridevi
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

Kshana Kshnam was released theatrically on October 9, 1991 and again on December 25, by Durga Arts. The film became a sleeper hit, with its second theatrical release making it one of the biggest Telegu box office successes of the year. Cited as a groundbreaking film, specifically in the neo-noir genre for Indian Cinema, the film received widespread critical acclaim, with appreciation drawn towards the performances, screenplay, music and cinematography.[3][4][5] A Hindi-dubbed version of the film was released as well, titled Hairaan, which garnered positive reviews as well 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 film received various accolades including; four Nandi Awards and two Filmfare Awards South.

It is one of the highest rated Telugu films at the Internet Movie Database and was later remade by Varma in Hindi as Daud, who also did 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 Satya (Sridevi) and a thief Chandu (Daggubati Venkatesh) brought together under strange circumstances. The film revolves around the pair chased by an eccentric bank robber Nayar (Paresh Rawal) and Inspector Yadav (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 "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.

1."Jaamu Raatiri"Sirivennela SitaramasastriSP Balu, K. S. Chithra4:59
2."Jumbaare"VennelakantiMano, K. S. Chithra6:55
3."Ammayi Muddu"Sirivennela SitaramasastriSP Balu, K. S. Chithra5:37
4."Andanantha Etta"Sirivennela SitaramasastriSP Balu, K. S. Chithra5:18
5."Ko Ante Koti"Sirivennela SitaramasastriSP Balu, Sridevi5:25
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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