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Vaisali is a 1988 Malayalam film directed and edited by Bharathan. Produced by Dr. M.M Ramachandran (Atlas Ramachandran) and scripted by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, it was an adaptation of a sub-story told by Vedavyasa to King Yudhishtira in the epic Mahabharatha. It is the story of Vaisali, a devadasi girl who was assigned the mission of seducing Rishyashrungan, the son of Mahirshi Vibhandakan and bringing him to Chambapuri to perform a mahayagam to cause rain. Shot in a lavish setting, Vaisali was a huge hit at box office. This film, often considered as one of the best works of Bharathan is also considered as a cult classic in Malayalam cinema world. The cinematography by Madhu Ambat was widely appreciated and had won several awards.