Set against a rural backdrop, this action-oriented movie revolves around Bharani (Vishal). He is a brash, angry young man, who doesn’t mind letting his fist fly furiously, but is totally in awe of his uncle Saravanaperumal (Prabhu). Vishal and his mother (Rohini) live with Saravanaperumal and his mother (Manorama). It is a family that is typical of most Tamil movies. The villagers just venerate this big family.
Pitted against them is the other big one — PVS family (peopled by Nadhiya, Vijayakumar and Nasser). And then there is Banu, daughter of Nadia and Saravanaperumal (Bhanu). Banu falls in love with Bharani whereas Bharani insults using press, unknowingly.
As a revenge for Bharani insulting Banu, Nassar orders Saravanaperumal killed. But Saravanaprumal escapes with a minor cut on the back. Angered, Bharani tries to cut Nassar's hand in a fight. Nassar's youngest brother comes to make a truce and loses his right hand (and his marriage). Bharani comes to know that he has rights to marry Banu as we are told in a fight that Sakunthala (Nadhiya) is the estranged wife of Saravanan. The two had parted ways over Saravanan’s extreme fondness for his sister (Bharani’s mother) and Bharani. The story later is told that they had broken up because of Saravanan's sister's husband who has died, hence she stays with them. Sakunthala did not like this so they were separated.
It all builds towards a heightened climax as the two young lovers try to hammer out peace between the two families. Will the lovers succeed in restoring harmony between the two families?
The title is derived from the river of the same name, which flows through Thirunelveli and Thoothukudi, which forms the backdrop of this movie.
The movie became a blockbuster hit at the box office, running for more than 100 days in theatres.
This movie was later dubbed into Telugu and released under the title 'Bharani'.
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