Mahamaya (film)

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Directed byT. R. Raghunath
Produced byM. Somasundaram & S. K. Mohideen
Screenplay byElangovan
Story byElangovan
StarringP. U. Chinnappa
P. Kannamba
M. G. Chakrapani
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
M. S. Saroja
and others
Music byS. V. Venkataraman and Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer
CinematographyMarcus Bartley
Edited byA. Kasilingam
Jupitor Pictures
Release date
  • 16 October 1944 (1944-10-16) (India)
Running time
11,000 ft.

Mahamaya is an Indian Tamil language film directed by T. R. Ragunath with P. U. Chinnappa, P. Kannamba, M. G. Chakrapani, N. S. Krishnan and T. A. Mathuram in the lead roles. The film was released in 1944.[1]


Mahamaya, the Princess of the Kingdom of Gandhara and Vikram, the Prince of a neighbouring Kingdom happen to be pupils of the same teacher (Guru). Mahamaya garlands the sword of Vikram without knowing its implication. When a woman garlands a man's sword, according to the custom prevailed in those times, it is considered that she has become the wife of the sword owner. Vikram knows about her action. After they leave the Ashram of the teacher each marry a different person. Later, Vikram happens to meet Mahamaya. Reminding her that she has chosen him as her husband, he claims that she belongs to him. However, Mahamaya rejects his claim. Vikram abducts Mahamaya but she manage to escape from him. When she goes home, her husband refuses to accept her. Abandoned, Mahamaya kills her child and commits suicide.


P. U. Chinnappa
P. Kannamba
M. G. Chakrapani
N. S. Krishnan
T. A. Mathuram
M. S. Saroja
R. Balasubramaniam
D. Balasubramaniam
S. V. Sahasranamam
M. K. Meenalochani
'Baby' T. D. Kusalambal
T. Rajbala (later T. R. Rajani)
T. R. B. Rao


Producers: M. Somasundaram and S. K. Mohideen
Director: T. R. Raghunath
Story & Dialogues: Elangovan
Cinematography: Marcus Bartley
Camera: Jiten Banerjee
Editing: A. Kasilingam
Audiography: Dinshaw K. Tehrani
Choreography: M. Meenakshisundaram Pillai and Pandit Bholonath Sharma
Art Director: F. Nagoor
Studio: Newtone


Elangovan took almost a year to complete the screenplay. He was not sure how to end the story. So, he wrote three endings and left the decision to the producers and the director. All three endings were filmed.

Sound Track[edit]

Music was composed by S. V. Venkataraman and Kunnakudi Venkatarama Iyer while the lyrics were penned by Kambadasan and T. K. Sundara Vaathiyar. Though there were 10 songs in the film only one ‘Silaye née ennidam' sung by P. U. Chinnappa was a hit.

Box office[edit]

Although the film was acclaimed by critics for good acting by Kannamba and Chinnappa, the people at that time did not accept the story because it shows a King going after another person's wife. Therefore, the film did not do well at the box office.


  1. ^ "Mahamaya 1944". The Hindu. 4 September 2010. Archived from the original on 21 January 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2016.