Maharshi (film)

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DVD Cover
Directed by Vamsy
Produced by Sravanthi Ravi Kishore
Written by
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Country India
Language Telugu

Maharshi (మహర్షి) is a 1988 Telugu drama film written and directed by Vamsy. The film stars Maharshi Raghava, Nishanti (Shanti Priya), and Krishna Bhagavan, with Ilaiyaraja composing music and S.P.Balasubrahmanyam as the playback singer.


Maharshi (Raghava), is a carefree college youngster from a rich family. He is well noted in the college for his arrogant behaviour, maintaining a gang of friends, teasing lecturers and beating up classmates. However, things change when he meets Suchitra (Nishanti (Shanti Priya)) in college. She loathes him owing to his rude behaviour and does not even talk to him when he approaches her. Maharshi takes a liking for her and tries to win her by approaching her parents and showing off his wealth. Suchitra turns down the offer even after her parents show interest. Maharshi then scares and turns away the prospective grooms who come to Suchitra's home.

Suchitra meets her childhood friend Tilak (Krishna Bhagavan) who is working as a police sub-inspector in the same town. Soon after she expresses her wish to marry him, more with the objective of getting rid of Maharshi. When Maharshi comes to know of this, he tries to stop the wedding but is locked up in a police station at the insistence of his own father. However, he assumes that Tilak has used his power as sub-inspector and locked him up. He tries to attack Tilak at their own home but stops when he sees Suchitra open the door. Gradually Maharshi slips into depression and is hospitalized.

Maharshi's pure love for Suchitra is shown when his friend Ramana (CVL Narasimha Rao) drugs Suchitra and brings them to Maharshi's home, assuming that Maharshi wants a physical union with her. Maharshi slaps his friend and explains that he wants her affection and love and not her body; they carefully take her back.

Tilak tries to help Maharshi by being friends with him and helping him mingle with Suchitra. As he recovers, they suggest him to get married but Maharshi turns crazy at the suggestion and runs away shouting. He is hospitalized again, but manages to escape from there. He snatches Suchitra's new born kid and escapes into the city with the police searching for him. In the end, as he falls from a building along with the kid, he dies, saving the kid, thus earning the good will of Suchitra.


  • Sahasam naa padham
  • Oorvasi (a.k.a. Sanskritam disco, for its fast pace and use of Sanskrit words)
  • Sumam prathi sumam
  • Konalo sanna jaajimalli
  • Maata raani mounamidee



The film received a lukewarm response from audience. The film is known for its background score and the songs in this film can be said to be some of the all time best by Vamsy and Ilayaraja.

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