Abhimanyu (1948 film)

Directed by M. Somasundaram
A. Kasilingam
Produced by Jupiter Pictures
Written by A. S. A. Sami
M. Karunanidhi
Starring M. G. Ramachandran
S. M. Kumaresan
M. R. Santhanalakshmi
M. G. Chakrapani
P.v.Narasimma bharathi
M. N. Nambiar
Music by C. R. Subburaman
S. M. Subbaiah Naidu
Cinematography W. R. Subbarao
Edited by A. Kasilingam
Release dates
6 May 1948
Running time
180 min. (16,325 Feet)
Country India
Language Tamil

Abhimanyu (Tamil: அபிமன்யு) is a 1948 Tamil film produced by Jupiter Pictures and starring M. G. Ramachandran (MGR) in a supporting role. It was based on the Mahabharatha story of Abhimanyu. The screenplay was written by A. S. A. Sami and M. Karunanidhi. This was the second film for Karunanidhi as scriptwriter. The film also starred M. N. Nambiar in a supporting role.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Jupiter Pictures, a production company promoted by M. Somasundaram and S. K. Mohideen shifted to Madras from Coimbatore in 1948 after acquiring Neptune Studios. In 1948 they produced Abhimanyu, a mythological tale from the epic Mahabharatha at Madras. During the 1930s and the 40s Tamil films were mostly based on when mythologicals, folktales, folk myths and socially themed films were rare. Somasundaram himself directed the film along with A. Kasilingam. The script was written by A. S. A Sami and M. Karunanidhi. This was the second film for Karunanidhi as script writer after Rajakumaari (1947). S. M. Kumaresan a new actor was cast in the lead role as Abhimanyu. M. G. Ramachandran and M. N. Nambiar played supporting roles in the film. The film's music was composed by S. M. Subbaiah and C. R. Subbaraman.[1][6]


The film tells the story of the Pandava prince Abhimanyu.

Cast and crew

Release and reception

The film was released on 6 May 1948.[2]


Partial list of songs in the film:

Pudhu vasanthamaamey vaazhviley by Trichi Loganathan & U. R. Jeevarathinam

maamohana - U R Jeevarathnam

Oh ayyamare ammamare vaanga - Trichy Loganathan, U R Jeevarathnam & chorus

Paarinil Piranthathu - M M Mariappa


  1. 1 2 Guy, Randor (1 October 2009). "Blast from the Past - Abhimanyu 1948". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-12-31.
  2. 1 2 3 Film News Anandan (2004). Sadhanaigal padaitha Tamil Thiraipada Varalaaru (in Tamil). Chennai: Sivagami Publications. pp. 28:43.
  3. Rajadhyaksha, Ashish; Willemen, Paul (1994). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. p. 190. ISBN 0-85170-455-7, ISBN 978-0-85170-455-5.
  4. Pandian, M. S. S (1992). The image trap: M.G. Ramachandran in film and politics. Sage. p. 148. ISBN 0-8039-9403-6, ISBN 978-0-8039-9403-4.
  5. Manthiri Kumari - A Grand Success (in Tamil), Maalai Malar 27 October 2009
  6. 1 2 Guy, Randor (28 February 2002). "Fascinating journey to fame". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-12-31.

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