After moving to the city for an opportunity to fulfill his dreams, an ambitious young man finds himself inexplicably identified as the prime suspect in multiple murders. Why are the police so convinced that he is the killer? How will his future unfold?
Interspersed with humour, this fast-paced drama revolves around Shakti (Madhavan), an unemployed young man with great dreams and ambitions. He decides to leave his village in search of brighter prospects and travels to Chennai. Joining his uncle Kirikalam (Vadivelu), who has a lacklustre stall of magic tricks at an exhibition.
Next door to Shakti and Kirikalam's stall though, is one ever-populated with visitors. The reason: it's an all-girls stand, with mermaid costumes as the theme. Velli (Reema Sen) is the 'head mermaid' at this stall run by her sister, and bitter quarrels between Shakti and Velli ensue, with love brewing as an undercurrent between the two young people.
The owner of the exhibition grounds keeps harassing Velli under some pretext or the other, like the rent not being paid on time. In fact, he has a soft spot for Velli, feelings thoroughly rejected by her. He finally abducts her, but Shakti rescues Velli. Similarly, Velli's plight is repeated when her 'mora maapillai' (betrothed suitor) enters the scene and tries to force her to be with him, and Shakti steps in once again to save and protect Velli. The undercurrents of love blow up into a full-fledged torrent and Velli and Shakti make up for all of their lost time professing their love for each other and romancing their way happily through the exhibition.
Meanwhile, we see a series of murders in different towns of the state and two perpetrators of these crimes slinking away from each. Not every time is it foolproof though, and at one crime scene, a witness spots the main culprit. He is instructed by the police to sketch and give them a pictorial description of the murderer, when it comes to the police's knowledge that both the criminals have been seen at Kumbakonam some time ago.
Going through various fact files, the police come across the incident of a bad fire at a marriage hall in Kumbakonam and as the officer in charge of the investigation (played by Bhagyaraj) flips through the picture files of the deceased, Kannan's (Madhavan — the 2nd) face is shown and the witness jumps. He tells the police he doesn't need to sketch anything when the face of the main murderer itself is staring them in the eye — he points to the photo of Kannan - it is the face of Shakti, only this one has light eyes.
Investigations into the murder lead the police to Chennai and as luck would have it, Shakti is spotted, recognized and arrested. Kannan, on the other hand follows the murder investigation and is upset to find that an innocent man has been captured for crimes he has committed. He meets Kirikalam and Velli and plots to help Shakti get out. After a long chase, Kannan is forced to accept his crime and explain his reasons for the serial murders. What is Kannan's story? How will the future unfold for the two men with an uncanny resemblance?
This movie marks the debut of Anushka Shetty in Tamil cinema.
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