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A family from the underprivileged class is on the run after the teenaged son kills a rich man from the upper caste. Can the pacifist father be able to save his hot-blooded son?
The teenage son of a farmer from an underprivileged caste kills a rich, upper caste landlord. Will the farmer, a loving father and a pacifist by heart, be able to save his hot-blooded son is the rest of the story.
Creators: M.S. Manimaran
Star Cast: Dhanush, Ammu Abhirami, Balaji Sakthivel, Ken Karunas, Manju Warrier, Nithish Veera, Pasupathy Masilamani, Pawan, Prakash Raj, R. Velraj, Teejay,
Producer (s): Kalaippuli S. Thanu
Music: G. V. Prakash Kumar
Production House: V Creations
Original network / Official Sites: V Creations
Release Year: 3 October 2019 (USA)
Runtime: 141 min
Genres: Action, Drama
Language: Tamil, Hindi
In 1980s Tirunelveli, a man and a boy are trekking across a river, carrying homemade bombs. In another part of the village, a woman, a man, and a young girl are also hiding from the police.
A narrator reveals in a flashback that the man is Sivasaami and the boy is his son Chidambaram, while the woman, man, and child are Sivasaami’s wife Pachaiyamma, her brother Murugesan and daughter Lakshmi. They also had an older son called Velmurugan. They are a family of farmers living in Thekkoor (lit. southern village). Sivasaami has a close relationship with his older son but is distant, almost abusive with Chidambaram. Sivasami’s family, along with most residents of Thekkoor, are Dalits.
Narasimhan is an upper-caste landlord from Vadakoor (lit. northern village), who needs Sivasaami’s 3 acres of land for a factory, to which the family is against selling, especially Velmurugan. One day Pachaiyamma is attacked by one of Narasimhan’s sons, to which Velmurugan retaliates by severely injuring him and his men. He is arrested, and Sivasaami must touch the feet of every male of the landlord’s village to get him released. When Velmurugan hears of his father’s humiliation, he beats Narasimhan with a slipper. In revenge, Narasimhan’s henchmen, led by a hunter Kariyan, behead Velmurugan. Pachaiyamma is broken, and after a year, Chidambaram is compelled to kill Narasimhan in revenge. Sivasami sees the killing, cuts the lights there, tells the family, and flees with Chidambaram. The film switches back to the present.
Kariyan is asked to find the pair, tracks them down, and almost kills Chidambaram. Sivasami defeats them all but kills none. While the two recover, Sivasaami explains why he spared their lives.
Twenty years before, he was a village-famous moonshine brewer and trusted servant to Viswanathan, a landlord. One day, he convinces his boss to employ Pandiyan (Nitish Veera), Viswanathan’s distant relative, as an accountant. Sivasaami’s brother Murugan and Venugopal Seshadri, a Brahmin Communist lawyer, are attempting to regain their community’s Panchami land from landlords who had seized it illegally. He falls in love with his relative Mariyamma. When Sivasaami gives her sandals, Pandiyan forces her to walk through the village with the sandals on her head.[a] Sivasaami retaliates by hitting him with sandals but is reprimanded by Vishwanathan. One night, before a meeting was conducted by Seshadri and Murugan with the other labourers, news arrives that Seshadri was arrested and Sivasaami is sent to get the documents authorising the meeting. When he returns, Murugan and the others have been killed by Pandiyan and his men, while Sivasami’s family (including Mariyamma), along with many others, are burned alive in their huts.[b] Enraged, Sivasami kills Vishwanathan, Pandiyan and their men.
Sivasaami then reveals that he had left his village and was found by Murugesan, who taught him farming. He’s also introduced to Pachaiyamma, who is not getting marriage proposals. He narrates his story, and Pachaiyamma admires what he did for his family. He surrenders to the court and is given a light sentence. Afterward, he marries Pachaiyamma. Chidambaram is amazed at his father’s past and starts to admire him. Sivasaami reconciles with his wife and daughter briefly, and he and his son go to Seshadri for help. Seshadri agrees to help them as long as they turn up to court the next day.
The next day, the two get into the court premises but are forced to flee after Narasimhan’s men ambush them. Sivasaami reluctantly sells his land to prevent Narasimhan’s men from targeting his family. However, Chidambaram is abducted and tortured, in direct violation of the agreement. Sivasami kills many of the henchmen and Narasimhan’s family members, but he and Chidambaram sustain serious injuries. Murugesan and their village people arrive armed and defuse the situation.
In the end, it’s revealed that the two villages agreed that the conflict should end and prevented a caste clash. Sivasaami’s family has gathered in the court and he has agreed to go to jail instead of Chidambaram if necessary. He tells his son to study hard, and that unlike land and money, the landlords can’t seize their education. The film ends with Sivasaami smiling at his family as he enters the court.