Director: V. Shantaram; Writer: N.V. Kulkarni, Narbada Prasad, Govindrao Tembe, Mani Shankar Trivedi; Cinematographer: Keshavrao Dhaiber; Editor: V. Shantaram; Cast: Govindrao Tembe, Durga Khote, Master Vinayak, Leela, Rajarambapu Purohit, Bazarbattoo, Nimbalkar, Baburao Pendharkar, Tanibai, Hirabai, Mohini
Summary: Shantaram's 3rd collaboration with actor-musician Tembe was based on an often-filmed Tantric legend about the guru Machhindranath (Tembe) and his disciple Gorakh (Master Vinayak) on the subject of 'maya' (belief in the illusory nature of worldly temptations). The guru appears to his student to have entered the kingdom of man-hating women, married the queen (Khote) and abandoned his commitment to celibacy and pure thoughts. Gorakh sets out to rescue him but the entire experience turns out to be an 'illusion' set up by the master. There are many special effects, including the classic shot of Gorakh's beheading with his head rolling back and rejoining his body. In addition to the conventional use of dissolves and travelling matte effects for 'miracle' scenes, Shantaram attempted optical superimpositions for the first time, with animated sparks of fire coming out of swords, or when enemy troops are encircled by flames and lightning. The film includes a spectacular celebration of Vasantotsav (spring festival).