Gaayam (1993)

 ●  Telugu ● 2 hrs 20 mins

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Set against the backdrop of the mafia in Vijayawada, this raw and rugged revenge drama revolves around one man's courageous mission, to destroy the corrupt and greedy government officials, who are in cahoots with the local mafia.
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Cast: Jagapati Babu, Revathi

Crew: Ram Gopal Varma (Director), Rasool Ellore (Director of Photography), K Srinivasa Chakravarthy (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 22 Apr 1993 (India)

Telugu Name: గాయం

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as Durga Prasad
as Anitha
Supporting Actor
as Guru Narayan
as Chari gaaru
Supporting Actor
as Sarkar
as Bharadwaja
as Lawyer saab
as Chitra




Production Company


Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Assistant Cameraman


Music Director
Playback Singer



Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
This movie became a blockbuster success and also went on to win many awards and accolades including six state Nandi Awards,

While this movie marks the debut for Rasool as an independent cameraman, its success was definitely a step in the ladder that saw him rise to become director, successfully making movies like 'Okariki Okaru', 'Bhageeratha', and 'Sangamam'.

E. Nivas who made the audio cover design for this film and also appeared in the picturization of Nizam-u pOri... became a Bollywood director with movies like 'Shool' and 'Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karegaa!'.

This movie marks the debut of Sri as a music director.

The assistant cameraman for this movie Arun, later became a successful cameraman with many movies under his belt. He also played a cameo role in this movie, enacting the role of the guy who gets killed in the petrol bunk. The scene was shot near his house in Ameerpet.

A bulk of the filming took place at varied locations in Hyderabad and Vizag.

The lyricist of this movie Sirivennela Seetharama Shastry played a cameo role of Journalist Swami.

Incidentally, the actor (Nanduri Ramakrishna) who enacted the role of the boss of Sirivennela Seetharama Shastry and Revathy, later became a relative to Sirivennela Seetharama Shastry in real life, when Seetharama Shastry's daughter married his son.

Assistant Director Uttej and Annapurna Studios' Production Manager Manik Rao played uncredited cameos in this movie. However, both of them played extended roles in the movie 'Shiva'.

In this movie, Revathy's voice was dubbed by Rohini (Late Raghuvaran's ex-wife), and Urmila's voice was dubbed by Rajitha.

Loosely inspired from Mario Puzo's popular novel 'Godfather', this movie is credited for giving a fresh lease of life Jagapathi Babu's career as a solo hero.

This movie was re-released years after its initial Telugu release in Hindi as "Satya the Sarkar" (2007)