Mahakavi Kalidas (English: Great poet Kalidas), is a 1966 Indian Tamil produced and directed by R. R. Chandran, starring Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role. The movie is based on the legends of the poet Mahakavi Kalidas. It was a remake of Kannada movie Mahakavi Kalidasa made in 1955. The lyrics are composed by famous poet Kannadasan.
Princess Vidyotama vows to marry the man who defeats her in debate, but she wins every time. Through a ruse, her spurned suitors manage to marry the princess to the simpleminded Kalidas. Ashamed of his ignorance, Kalidas becomes a seeker of knowledge and is bestowed with wisdom by the goddess Kali. This moving story of love and enlightenment is based on legends surrounding real-life poet Mahakavi Kalidas.
Directed by R. R. Chandran
Produced by R. R. Chandran
Written by Ku. Ma. Balasubramaniam
Starring Sivaji Ganesan, Sowkar Janaki, K. B. Sundarambal, R. S. Manohar, Nagesh, Muthuraman
Music by K.V. Mahadevan
Cinematography R. R. Chandran
Edited by P. V. Narayanan
Production Kalpana Kala Mandhir
Distributed by Kalpana Kala Mandhir
Release dates 19 August 1966
Running time 143 mins
Country India India