Mahadhevi is a 1957 Tamil language film starring M. G. Ramachandran and Savithri in the lead roles. The film was based on novel Punya Prabhav by R. G. Katkari, Kannadasan wrote the screenplay. The film directed by Sundar Rao Nadkarni. The film was super hit at box-office and ran for more than 125 days.
Mahadevi (Savithri) is a princess, whose father, the king, is defeated in battle. Despite this he is invited by the rival king to stay with him as his honoured guest. The victorious king has an adopted daughter (M. N. Rajam) and a son (‘Master’ Murali). His senior commander, Karunakaran (P. S. Veerappa) is attracted to Mahadevi, but she rejects him. Thereby she earns his wrath. Karunakaran hatches various evil plans to get her, but in the meantime, Mahadevi falls in love with the other commander, Vallavan (MGR). Karunakaran tries to kidnap Mahadevi with the help of his sidekick (Chandrababu), but by mistake ends up kidnapping M. N. Rajam. In order to cover up his folly, Karunakaran ends up marrying her. Mahadevi and Vallavan (MGR) marry in due course. After a while, Mahadevi delivers a son, even as Karunakaran continues to lust for Mahadevi.
His wife Mangamma (M.N. Rajam), supports Mahadevi, and protects her from Karunakaran. When Mangamma learns of her husband’s plans to kill Mahadevi’s baby, she replaces her baby with Mahadevi’s, causing Karunakaran to kill his own child. When Karunakaran realises the truth, he kills himself and so does his wife.
Directed by Sundar Rao Nadkarni
Produced by Sundar Rao Nadkarni & B. Radhakrishna
Screenplay by Kannadasan
Based on Novel of Punya Prabhav by R. G. Katkari
Starring M. G. Ramachandran, Savithri, P. S. Veerappa, M. N. Rajam, J. P. Chandrababu, T. P. Muthulakshmi
Music by Viswanathan-Ramamoorthy
Cinematography G. K. Ramu
Edited by P. Venkatachalam
Production Sri Ganesh Movietone
Release date 22 November 1957
Running time 160 mins