Shiva is disgusted by the corruption in and around his new college, and along with his friends, he decides to take a stand against the status quo.


Ram Gopal Varma (as Ramgopal Varma)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nagarjuna Akkineni ... Shiva (as Nagarjuna)
Amala Akkineni ... Asha (as Amala)
Raghuvaran ... Bhavani
J.D. Chakravarthi ... J. Durga Rao (as Chakravarthy)
Murali Mohan ... Shiva's Brother
Subhalekha Sudhakar ... Mallik
Chinna Chinna ... Chhotu
Tanikella Bharani ... Nanaji (as Bharani)
Jagan Jagan ... Naresh
Uttej Uttej ... Yadgiri
Ram Jagan Ram Jagan ... Naresh (as Jagan)
Raj Zutshi ... Prakash (as Zutshi)
Paresh Rawal ... Tilakdhari Azaad
Brij Gopal ... Ganesh (as Brijgopal)

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Siva, a student, comes to Vijayawada from a nearby town to pursue his education. He lives with his brother Sharath's family, and enrolls in the VAS College of Arts and Sciences. Although Sharath and his daughter Keerthi get along well with Siva, his wife considers him a financial burden. Siva befriends a group of students and falls in love with Asha, sister of the honest police inspector Venkat. The college's (unopposed) student-union president, J. Durga Rao (known as J. D.) is the lowest rung in a gang ladder reaching through the gangster Ganesh to Bhavani, a crime boss. Bhavani uses the network to support his mentor Machiraju, a politician. Although J. D. is arrested many times, Bhavani continues to bail him out. When J. D. teases Asha on campus, Siva attacks him with a bicycle chain; a rivalry then develops between him and Ganesh. The incident encourages Siva's friends to ask him to stand for the student-union presidency, but he wants them to nominate Naresh (one of the group) ...

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There was a shelved movie, Anil Pictures International's "Shiva"(1985). Starring Mithun Chakraborthy, Music by Bappi Lahiri, Produced by R.Singh, Directed by Deepak Bahry. See more »


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Birth of a creative genius (and a rebellion)
13 October 2010 | by AvinashPatalaySee 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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