Nijam (English: Truth) is a 2003 Telugu crime film produced & directed by Teja on Chitram Movies banner. The film stars Mahesh Babu, Rakshita Gopichand, Raasi in the lead roles and music was composed by R. P. Patnaik. Intially Jyothika was considered as the lead role but later replaced. Mahesh Babu and Rameshwari won the Nandi Awards in Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress categories respectively. It was remade as Arjuna in Odia starring Anubhav Mohanty and Gargi Mohanty.
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Sidda Reddy (Jaya Prakash Reddy) is a powerful mafia leader whose right hand is Devudu (Gopichand). Devudu has a lover called Malli (Raasi). Reddy – who also like Malli – takes her to the bed, which is not liked by Devudu. In the process, Devudu kills Reddy and he becomes the leader of the mafia gang. Venkateswarlu (Ranganath) is a fire officer. In an incident, Devudu sets a marketplace a fire and Venkateswarlu rescues it with his firefighting and at the same time, Venkateswarlu slaps Devudu, as he continues throwing Kerosene at the marketplace. Devudu holds a grudge against Venkateswarlu and sends him to jail on a framed charge of murder. Seetaram (Mahesh Babu) who is the son of Venkateswarlu tries to rescue his father from the jaws of police. But in the process, everybody starts asking him for money to do the work. At the end of the day, the police officer kills Venkateswarlu. The rest of the story is about how Seetaram's mother (Talluri Rameswari) takes revenge on the people responsible for the death of her husband with the help of her son Seetaram. The criminals involved in the crime of his father's death are killed one after the other by the mother and the son in a planned and scientific manner. This film tells about an innocent boy, who along with his mother undergoes injustice and also loses his father in this process. The mother in this situation plays the role of a trainer and a guide to her son, making him strong physically and emotionally, to fight back.
Music composed by R. P. Patnaik. Lyrics was penned by Kula Shekar. Music released on Aditya Music.
The film was also dubbed into Tamil as Nijam, and then again in 2012 as Seerum Singam. The film was dubbed as Meri Adalat in Hindi, in Bengali as "Aamar Protishodh" and in Bhojpuri as "Hamaar Faisla". It was remade as Arjuna in Oriya starring Anubhab Mohanty and Gargi Mohanty.
Reception and collections
Idlebrain Jeevi in his review gave a rating of 3 out of 5 for the movie with concluding remarks "Overall, it's an average film that has chances to become hit because of the Teja's mass-attracting episodes and Mahesh Babu's brilliant portrayal of the character".
Director Teja in an interview said "We made Nijam in a budget of 6.5 cr INR; We sold audio rights for 2 cr INR and movie initially were sold for a total of 26 cr INR. However, we had to return some of the money to the distributors, since the movie did not reach the expectations of the business circles. In total, we still made a profit of 5-6 cr INR and Nijam was not a flop".
Nandi Award for Best Actor - Mahesh Babu
Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Rameshwari
CineMAA Award for Best Villain - Gopichand
Filmfare Awards South
Filmfare Award for Best Actor - Mahesh Babu
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu - Taluri Rameswari
CineMAA Award for Best Actor - Male - Mahesh Babu
CineMAA Award for Best Film - Teja
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