Kshana Kshanam (English: Moment to Moment) is a 1991 Indian Telugu-language neo-noir road film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. 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.
|Directed by||Ram Gopal Varma|
K. L. Narayana|
Y. Lakshmana Chowdary
S. Gopala Reddy
Ram Gopal Varma|
|Story by||Ram Gopal Varma|
|Music by||M. M. Keeravani|
|Cinematography||S. Gopala Reddy|
Sri Durga Arts
25 December 1991 (2nd run)
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. A Hindi-dubbed version of the film was released as well, titled Hairaan, which garnered positive reviews as well from Bollywood critics. It was screened at the International Film Festival of India, Ann Arbor Film Festival and the Fribourg International Film Festival. 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.
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|
|Paresh Rawal||Nayar (Mastan), a gangster|
|Rami Reddy||Inspector Yadav|
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.
|Film score by M. M. Keeravani|
|Producer||M. M. Keeravani|
|M. M. Keeravani chronology|
Music composed by M. M. Keeravani. All songs are blockbusters.
|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|
- Best Director - Ram Gopal Varma
- Best Actress - Sridevi
- Best Screenplay Writer - Ram Gopal Varma
- Best Cinematographer - S. Gopala Reddy
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