This is the first film to be made fully in Sanskrit. Unlike other films on the great teacher the movie tries to depict his life and times and more so tries to expound his Advaita philosophy. It also depicts Adi Shankara's instrumental role in reconciling Buddhist philosophy with Vedic philosophy and singlehandedly revitalising dharma in India. An esoteric, brilliant, abstract, and well-written film, death is portrayed as a constant companion through the movie. G.V. Iyer took 35 years to write the script. It won the Swarna Kamal from the Government of India in 1983.