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Brave Karna proves his bravery and loyalty but endures humiliation.


B. Ramakrishnaiah Panthulu (as B.R. Panthulu)


Kannadasan (lyrics), Sakthi T.K. Krishnasamy (dialogue) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Shivaji Ganesan ... Karna
Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri ... Bhagwan Shri Kishan (as N.T. Rama Rao)
S.A. Ashokan ... Duryodhana
R. Muthuraman ... Arjun
Savitri ... Bhanumathi
Devika Devika ... Subhangi
M.V. Rajamma ... Kunthi Devi
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
R. Balasubramanian R. Balasubramanian


Born with an Armour and ear-rings, and bequeathed as a gift from Surya to an unwed Kunthi (M.V. Rajamma), Karna (Shivaji Ganesan) is abandoned so as to prevent embarrassment for her. He is set afloat in the Ganga, rescued and adopted by a horse-carriage driver, who is employed with Raja Dhritarashtra. Instead of adapting to his foster father's profession, he was more interested in obtaining training as a warrior. Upon being refused, he turned to Suryadev, and learned all aspects of warfare - little knowing that soon he will be befriended by Rajkumar Dhuryodhan (S.A. Ashokan), and be compelled to take up arms against the Pandavas - the sons of none other than Kunthi herself. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

14 January 1964 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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Padmini Pictures See more »
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Mono | DTS (Digital)


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Ullathil Nalla Ullam
Performed by Sirkazhi S. Govindarajan
Lyrics by Kannadasan
Music by T.K. Ramamoorthy, M.S. Viswanathan
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20 November 2006 | by arvind-venkatramanSee all my reviews

The movie is in color. The movie is about an important character in the great Indian Epic Mahabaratha. Kannadasan's Songs adds the mood. Great Lyrics. Sivaji Ganesan and Other supporting actors had done a good job. Viswanathan & Ramamurthy have scored good with Music. Central theme is around Pandavas are denied their share of kingdom by their cousin's Kaurvas. Kunti the mother of Pandavas had begotten a son before her marriage and had abandoned the son on birth. This son grows up to be Karna, who is befriended by Duryodhana, the eldest of Kauravas. This leads Karna on the camp opposing his brothers. Karna is known for his charity, which knows no bounds, willing to give even his life, if asked. Complex characterisation, well adopted on the screen.

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