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Sunita Chowdhary's Cinema Prapancham

Shiva, A Path-Breaking Film

May 05, 2007

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Nagarjuna is known for introducing new talent and Ramgopal Varma, who went on to become the country's Numero Uno director, is just one of the many talents spotted by the actor.

Their first film together Shiva (released on October 5th, 1989), jointly produced by Akkineni Venkat and Yarlagadda Surendra under the banner of Annapurna Studios-SS Creations, was not only a path-breaking film from the technical aspects point of view but also broke many records at the box-office.

The film was screened houseful for 121 days at Jagadamba 70mm, Vizag, a theatre which never witnessed a 100-day film till then.

Also, it ran for 155 days at Devi 70mm, Hyderabad, the highest at that time in the theatre. Later, two of Nagarjuna's films-Ninne Pelladatha and Annamayya completed a silver jubilee in it.

It narrowly missed a silver-jubilee run at both PGR Movieland (Tirupati) and Shanthi A/C (Anantapuram) (had a 169-day run at both the theatres).

All in all, the film had a 100-day run in 22 theatres across Andhra Pradesh. The details are as follows:

#CentreTheatre (Total Run)No. Of Shows
1HyderabadDevi 70mm A/C (155 days)3
2WarangalGemini Picture Palace3
3NelloreKrishna A/C4
4VijayawadaRaj 70mm A/C (148 days)4
5KakinadaChandragupta A/C4
6RajahmundryKumari A/C4
8GunturManga Deluxe 70mm A/C (134 days)4
9ChilakaluripetaVishwanadha Picture Palace3
10VizagJagadamba 70mm A/C (155 days)4
11TirupatiPGR Movieland (169 days)4
12ChittoorRaghava A/C4
13MadanapalliSri Krishna Movieland (155 days)3
14AnantapuramShanthi A/C (169 days)4
15KurnoolAnand A/C (155 days)4
18EluruKalpana (140 days)3
19BheemavaramSatyanarayana Talkies3
20TanukuNarendra Chitra Mandir3
21PalakolluAnnapurna (140 Days)3
22TadepalligudemLakshmi Narayana Talkies3

The following is the text of the press note issued by Srikanthi Pictures, Vizag on January 12, 1990, the day the film completed 100 days at the box-office.

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Shiva also won Ramgopal Varma the Nandi award for the best director.

Inspired by the success of the Telugu version, Nagarjuna remade the film in Hindi but it was not as big a success as he'd hoped. The Hindi version (released on December 7th, 1990) had a solo 100-day run at Lakshmi Narayana (Pune).

But Udayam, the Tamil dubbed version of Shiva, had a silver jubilee run in 7 centres
  • Madras-Devikala A/C
  • Madras-Shakti Abhiram A/C
  • Madras-Agasthya (Morning Shows)
  • Coimbatore-Kavitha A/C
  • Erode-Devi Abhiram
  • Tiruchi-Kaveri
  • Kovai-Pallavi A/C
and rewrote all records.