MGR, who would soon be expelled from the DMK, here turned the DMK propaganda discourse against the Party. The philanthropists and pillars of society, a doctor, a builder and a merchant, led by the rich Dharmalingam, are in fact villains dealing in crime and the black market. They are exposed when the nationalist Dorai (MGR) masquerades as a foreign- returned millionaire dealing in contraband. He gets the villains to confess to their deeds before a hidden camera. The film was remade in Hindi with Rajesh Khanna as Apna Desh (1972).