This socially relevant drama delves into several issues such as corruption and child trafficking through the trials and tribulations in the life of Krishna (Kamalahasan), a widower with two children, lives with his mother-in-law (Lakshmi). After having been persuaded by a trickster (Hanifa) to put all his money into a shady company that goes bankrupt, he is jailed, where his children come to visit him accompanied by their grandmother. His cellmate (Vishwanathan) receives visits from his daughter, the nurse Yamuna (Sukanya), and the latter becomes involved with Krishna’s family and looks after them.
Upon his release, Krishna finds that his mother-in-law has died, his son disappeared and his daughter Kaveri works in a Calcutta brothel, where Krishna and his former cellmate find and rescue her. Distraught by the destruction of his family, Krishna eventually tracks down the con man, whom he blames for all his misfortunes, and murders the man and his accomplices.
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Kamal Haasan later said that "Mahanadi" was a very important film for him. He also told that the film was influenced by "Les Misérables". Read More