Maharshi (1987 film)

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Maharshi is a 1987 Indian Telugu-language drama film directed by Vamsy who co-wrote the film with Vemuri Satyanarayana and Tanikella Bharani. The film stars Maharshi Raghava, Shantipriya, C. V. L. Narasimha Rao, and Krishna Bhagavan, with music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam as the playback singer.[2]

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Directed byVamsy
Produced bySravanthi Ravi Kishore
Written by
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyHari Anumolu
Edited byAnil Malnad
Release date
  • 31 December 1987 (1987-12-31)[1]


Maharshi (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 (Shantipriya) 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 (C. V. L. Narasimha Rao) drugs Suchitra and brings her 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 that he 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.


All music is composed by Ilaiyaraaja[3].

Track Listing
1."Sahasam"Sirivennela Seetharama SastryS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:37
2."Sumam Pratisumam"Nayani KrishnamurthyS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:46
3."Konalo"Jonnavittula Ramalingeswara RaoS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:34
4."Matarani"VennelakantiS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki4:36
5."Urvashi"Jonnavittula Ramalingeswara RaoS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra4:36
Total length:23:10



Griddaluri Gopalrao of Zamin Ryot, on his review dated 8 January 1988, appreciated the visuals by cinematographer Hari Anumolu. Gopalrao however criticized the soundtrack of the film, "In addition to Telugu songs, there's even one in Sanskrit but none of them are good [sic]," he added.[4] Srinivas Kanchibhotla writing for opined that Maharshi is Vamsy's "best work till date," He added, "Stepping away from the comedic route that he was wildly successful at, Vamsi challenges himself on convincing the audience of Maharshi's true intentions and the severity of his love that borders on obsession and madness."[5]


  1. ^ "Maharshi". Retrieved 8 January 2021.
  2. ^ Narasimham, M. L. (19 February 2018). "'Maata raani mounamidi': Rising to the challenge". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Retrieved 5 January 2021.
  3. ^ "Maharshi". Spotify. Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  4. ^ Gopalrao, Griddaluru (8 January 1988). "పెడదారులు పట్టిన ప్రేమ పిచ్చి: మహర్షి" (PDF). Zamin Ryot (in Telugu). p. 9.
  5. ^ "MAHARSHI". Archived from the original on 21 September 2010.

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