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Mahanadi (1994)

A man tries to get his family back in shape after a stint in jail.

Director:

Santhana Bharathi

Writers:

Kamal Haasan (dialogue), Kamal Haasan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Krishna
Sukanya ... Yamuna
Poornam Vishwanathan Poornam Vishwanathan ... Panjapakesan Iyer (Krishna's Cellmate)
Mahanadhi Shobana Mahanadhi Shobana ... Kaveri (Krishna's Daughter)
Cochin Hanifa ... Dhanush (as V.M.C. Hanifa)
Sennalkudi Lakshmi Sennalkudi Lakshmi ... Krishna's Mother-in-Law (as S.N. Lakshmi)
Tulasi Tulasi ... Manju
Mahanadhi Shankar Mahanadhi Shankar ... Dulcana
Rajesh Rajesh ... Muthusamy
Thalaivasal Vijay ... Mannangkatti
Sangeetha Sangeetha ... Older Kaveri Krishnaswamy
Mohan Ram Mohan Ram
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mohan Natarajan Mohan Natarajan ... Venkatachalam
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Storyline

Kamal Haasan plays a simple-minded widower, whose attempt at Chit Fund management with a crooked pimp lands him in jail. While his own existence is made miserable by fellow convicts and corrupt wardens, his family disintegrates without a breadwinner. Upon his release, he has reconstruct his family while struggling to resist the temptation for vengeance. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Details

Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

14 January 1994 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Maha Nadhi See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR45,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sri Amman Creations See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

The names of the lead characters are also the names of main rivers in india. Kamal:krishna The late mother(wife of Krishna) : Narmadha Suganya: yamuna Daughter: kaveri Son: bharani See more »

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A Tamizh movie classic (10/10)
23 August 2002 | by darbarSee all my reviews

This movie is a typical Kamal, Santhana Barathi, Ilayaraaja classic and one of the movies Kamal has done his best without overdoing (which IMO he frequently does).

It's the story of an innocent village widower businessman who leads a simple life along with his children and Mother-in-law. He yields to temptation of moving to the city to make big money. Then starts all the trouble and pain that he has to face. The movie is really intense,dark and tragic.I will say no more for it will spoil the suspense.

Illayaraja has done his part by providing the movie with a great musical score.

Mahanadi is probably one of the few thamizh movie worth the time. 10/10 for the acting, direction and the music.


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