Mannadhi Mannan (Eng: King of Kings) is a 1960 Indian Tamil-language swashbuckler film directed and produced by M. Natesan. The film features M. G. Ramachandran, Anjali Devi and Padmini in the lead roles. The film, written by Kannadasan, had musical score by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy and was released on diwali 1960. The film achieve cult status and remembered for the melodious music, meaningful lyrics and dialogue, the dances by Padmini, Ragini and Anjali Devi and the impressive performance by MGR, and the opening song, ‘Acchham Enbathu’ helped MGR become a cultural icon. Though the on-screen presentation by Natesan appears somewhat disjointed, the film sustains interest, managed to run 92 days in theatres and fared well at the box office. It had to be shifted in view of the new releases of MGR.
Dancer Chitra (Padmini) and prince of Uraiyur Manivannan (M.G. Ramachandran) fall in love with each other after meeting in a dance competition. However, Chola King Kanikannan also desires Chitra. Meanwhile, Manivannan’s father, the Cheran King sends his minister, seeking the hand of Karpagavalli, daughter of King Karigala, for his son.
But the King thwarts this proposal, talking ill of the heredity of Manivannan’s mother. Unable to bear his mother being insulted, Manivannan goes to the Chola kingdom and abducts Karpagavalli. In the meantime, a dacoit, played very cleverly by Kanikannan, forces Manivannan to marry Karpagavalli.
Directed by M. Natesan
Produced by M. Natesan
Written by Kannadasan
Story by Kannadasan
Starring M. G. Ramachandran, Anjali Devi, Padmini, P. S. Veerappa
Music by Viswanathan–Ramamoorthy
Cinematography G. K. Ramu & C. J. Mohan
Edited by C. P. Jambulingam, S. Krishnamoorthy & Rajan
Production Natesh Art Pictures
Distributed by Natesh Art Pictures
Release date 19 October 1960
Running time 172 minutes