Prabhu (Dhanush) is a happy-go-lucky middle-class family guy who spends time playing carrom in the streets with his friends Santhanam, Karunas. His father (Murali) and he keep falling into minor misunderstandings, and he indulges in a hopeless romance with a strange girl (Divya Spandana) who he meets at a bus stop. When he is caught in the act of stealing a pittance from his father for booze with his friends, Prabhu questions his father’s responsibility towards his upbringing. His angry father gives Prabhu some of his savings and tells him to do something with his life.
Prabhu purchases a Bajaj Pulsar bike instead and finds a job. The bike eventually saves his life from a freak incident and gets lost, subjecting him to interminable anguish as he searches for his bike. When his family members asks him about his bike, he tells them that he has given it for dealer service. The rest of the movie is a coming of age tale that revolves around Prabhu's interminable search for his beloved bike, and the experiences and conflicts that arise in the process.
The movie shares its title with the 1980 film in which Dhanush's father-in-law Rajinikanth who had played the lead role.
Writer and director Vetrimaran, stated that the film was inspired by some real-life experiences of his friend Andrew who lost his bike in North Madras.
The reach of the movie was so wide that it was reported to be remade in Sinhalese as 'Pravegeya' with the famous Sri Lankan Hemal Ranasinghe, and Miss Sri Lanka Jacqueline Fernandez playing the lead roles.
The movie was later remade into Kannada as 'Punda', and in Telugu as 'Kurradu' starring Varun Sandesh, in the year 2009.
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