Indian

  • Directors: S Shankar
  • Producers: A M Rathnam
  • Writers: S Shankar
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Musical
  • Actors: Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Urmila Matondkar, Goundamani, Senthil, Nedumudi Venu, Sukanya, Kasthuri, Manorama, Aruna Irani, Johnny Lever

The story runs on two tracks. One is that of Chandra Bose alias Chandru (Kamal Haasan), a small-time broker outside the RTO (Road Transport Office) who gets people licences etc., by accepting bribes. He is supported in this work by Subbiah (Goundamani). Paneerselvam (Senthil) plays an officer in the RTO who has conflicts with Subbiah. Aishwarya (Manisha Koirala) and Chandru are in love with each other. Sapna (Urmila Matondkar) is the daughter of Paneerselvam. Her father promises to get Chandru a job of being an brake inspector in the RTO, if he runs errands for them. He agrees to work for them, and soon he becomes an brake inspector.

The other track is of Senapathy, alias Indian (Kamal Haasan), a 70-year-old man who kills top government officials (like Commissioners of Corporation etc.) in an extreme attempt to weed out corruption from Indian soil. Senapathy is also Chandru’s father. Krishnaswamy (Nedumudi Venu) is an intelligence officer out to nab the Indian. He manages to somehow trace his way to Senapathy’s house and finds Senapathy posing as an ex freedom fighter. Archived newspaper reports say that Senapathy was a soldier in the Indian National Army who was an extremist. Senapathy’s wife (Sukanya) is asked what Senapathy did to deserve a freedom fighter tag, and at this point, we are taken to the 1940s. Rebellions against the British, atrocities etc are shown, culminating in Senapathy marrying Sukanya but leaving for Singapore to join Subash Chandra Bose as part of the INA. He returns after independence. Nedumudi Venu tries to arrest Senapathy, but his attempt is foiled, and Senapathy escapes with his expertise in the ancient martial art called Varmam.

The epilogue shows Senapathy calling Krishnaswamy from a foreign land, indicating that he will be back should the need for him arise.

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