Karnan is a 1964 Indian Tamil-language Hindu mythological film produced and directed by B. R. Panthulu. It features Sivaji Ganesan leading an ensemble cast consisting of N. T. Rama Rao, S. A. Ashokan, R. Muthuraman, Devika, Savitri and M. V. Rajamma. The film is based on the story of Karna, a character from the Hindu epic Mahabharata.
The unmarried princess Kunti is seen taking away a small coffin with a baby boy; she earlier got a boon from Durvasa for her pious service to him. Kunti could invoke a mantra and be blessed with a child from any male god of her choice. When she tested it playfully, she was blessed by the Sun with the baby, which she abandons in the Ganges to avoid embarrassment. The baby is rescued and adopted by royal charioteer Adhirathan, and later named Karnan.
|author||A. S. Nagarajan|
|director||B. R. Panthulu|
|keywords||adhiratha adopt adoptive father afterlife anga arjuna baby baby boy bhanumati bhishma brahmastra brahmin crown prince dharma drona durvasa duryodhana indra karna kaurava kill krishna kshatriya kunti kurukshetra war mantra meet pandava parashurama rescue sun surya the king unmarried vrishasena|
|producer||B. R. Panthulu|