Mahaanadhi (1994)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 42 mins

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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.

Cast: Kamal Haasan, Sukanya Sridharan

Crew: Santhana Bharathi (Director), MS Prabhu (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Crime

Release Dates: 14 Jan 1994 (India)

Tamil Name: மகாநதி

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Did you know? Kamal Haasan's then-wife Sarika designed the costumes and was also an uncredited audiographer for the film. Read More
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as Krishnaswamy/Krishna
as Yamuna
Special Appearance
as Dhanush
as Dulcana
as Kaveri Krishnaswamy
as Venkatachalam
as Muthusamy
as Saraswathi Ammal
Supporting Actress
as Mannangkatti
as Manju

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
Tracklist
01 
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
02 
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
03 
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
04 
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: KS Chithra
05 
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, S Janaki
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07 
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
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Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Playback Singer: Kamal Haasan
Trivia:
"Mahanadi" was the first film in India to make use of 'Avid' technology,becoming one of the first digitally edited films outside of US.

Kamal Haasan later said that "Mahanadi" was a very important film for him. He also told that the film was influenced by "Les Misérables".

Kamal Haasan's then-wife Sarika designed the costumes and was also an uncredited audiographer for the film.

Director Cheran worked as an associate director on the film. The film marked the debut of singer Shobana, who did not act in any other film since then, Dinesh and Shankar, who all got the film's title, "Mahanadhi", added to their names as a prefix.

The child artiste Shobana, who acted as Kamal Haasan's daughter in this movie, also sang the song "Sri Ranga Ranganathanin".

Although this heavy tale did not succeed at the box office, it was highly critically acclaimed and won many awards and accolades, including the prestigious National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil.