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Shiva is a new student in the community college. He is welcomed by a group of collegians, including the lovely Asha, to whom Shiva is instantly attracted to. Shiva notices that there is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nagarjuna Akkineni ...
Shiva (as Nagarjuna)
Amala Akkineni ...
Asha (as Amala)
Raghuvaran ...
J.D. Chakravarthi ...
J. Durga Rao (as Chakravarthy)
Murali Mohan
Subhalekha Sudhakar
Chinna ...
Tanikella Bharani ...
Nanaji (as Bharani)
Jagan ...
Uttej ...
Rajendranath Zutshi ...
Prakash (as Zutshi)
Paresh Rawal ...
Tilakdhari Azaad
Brij Gopal ...
Ganesh (as Brijgopal)
Ajit Vachani ...
Krishna Kant


Shiva is a new student in the community college. He is welcomed by a group of collegians, including the lovely Asha, to whom Shiva is instantly attracted to. Shiva notices that there is violence within the college by people who are not even students. When he decides to find out their motives, he is met with violence, and threats. Now Shiva must decide to stand up for his college, or just carry on studying, finish college, and move on. Written by rAjOo (

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Birth of a creative genius (and a rebellion)
13 October 2010 | by (Middle Earth) – See all my reviews

I get nostalgic when I recollect standing amidst the crowd during the shooting of "Shiva" (Telugu version). The very director marked his entry into Indian Cinema with this outing. College life integrates with college politics, then an untrodden terrain and an underlying love story (then a must-have ingredient in any movie) makes up a product called "Shiva".

Nag:: Fresh from the success of "Gitanjali" he was awesome in the role of "Shiva". Communicated more with this intense eyes than dialogues.

Amala:: Good chemistry and I think they were dating during the making of this movie.

Raghuvaran:: Showcased "Pacino meets De Niro" rolled into one in the garb of Bhavani. Left a tremendous impact.

Kota:: Did a fantastic job as the politician. In Hindi it was essayed by Paresh Rawal, equally well.

Then not a rebellion RGV incorporated a few songs into the storyline composed by maestro Illayaraja.

Needless to say the first time director became the talk of the town. Prominent was signature style now, the long-drawn shots, hand-held camera and intense background music which elevated visual experience. Of course, the violence was raw and gritty. The ending is grim (and slightly amended in the Hindi version).

Shiva was released in 1989 in Telugu and 1990 in Hindi. Even now if you were to watch it you can still feel the impact as it did way back then.

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