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Parasakthi was a 1952 Tamil film starring Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, S. S. Rajendran, S. V. Sahasranamam and Sriranjani. It was directed by R. Krishnan and S. Panju and produced by AVM. The dialogues for the film were penned by writer M. Karunanidhi who later became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
The film Parasakthi was released on Deepavali Day, 1952, after months of shooting and preparations. Meiyappan’s newly established AVM Productions which was on a roll having produced a series of hits as Naam Iruvar and Vazhkai planned to make a film in 1952 with a newcomer called Sivaji Ganesan who had earlier dubbed for a Telugu artist in a Tamil movie Niraparadhi.
Made at an impressive budget and with dialogues penned by eminent writer M. Karunanidhi, the film critically examined the social issues at the time. By the time the film was off the theatres, it had created a revolution. Today, it forms a part of Tamil political history and comprises an unforgettable chapter in the history of the Dravidian Movement.
Right from the onset, Parasakthi was marred by much controversy. The film was accused of trying to portray Brahmins in poor light. Abuse of Hindu customs and religious practices evoked strong protests from the Hindu orthodoxy. The then Chief Minister of Madras, Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari was unhappy with the extremely provocative nature of the film but allowed it to be screened. The State Government unsuccessfully requested the Union Government to reconsider film certification.