A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.

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Cast overview:
Arjun ...
Pugazhendhi
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Thenmozhi
Raghuvaran ...
Aranganathan
Vadivelu ...
Balvesham
Cochin Hanifa ...
CM's PA
Laila ...
'Kalakkal' Shuba
Vijayakumar ...
Thenmozhi's father
Manivannan ...
Chief Secretary
Kalairani ...
Pugazhendhi's mother
'Omakuchchi' Narasimhan ...
Vadivelu's Uncle
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Special Appearance (Song - Shakalaka Baby)
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The State's Chief Minister, after being questioned by a reporter, Pugazhendi, challenges him to accept the position for a day, and see for himself the challenges that face him. Pugazhendi accepts the challenge, and immediately sets about to tour the region, suspend and prosecute corrupt officials, arrest several politicians, including the Chief Minister himself, and makes swift and decisive changes that will go to assist the most vulnerable, much to the chagrin of people in power.. After the day is over, Pugazhendi will find his and his loved ones' lives in danger as the state's machinery, as well as goons, gather together to extract vengeance. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Trivia

Rajinikanth was approached for the role of Pugazhendhi but turned it down. See more »

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When a student tries to board a bus, the bus is crowded at the end and in next second, it seems free from crowd and then the crowd returns. See more »

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Receptionist: Mr Balveshman, you have a phone call...
Pugazhendi's Friend: Phone eh? Hello?
Boss: Mr Balvesham, I heard that you called our client "Poda Panni" ?
Pugazhendi's Friend: [to Boss] I have one spot in my...
Pugazhendi's Friend: [to Receptionist] What is English for "iduppu"?
Receptionist: Hip
Pugazhendi's Friend: [to Boss] ... hip. Somebody koothing. I am Kathhing.
Boss: What kind of behavior is this? I'll fire you...
Vadivelu's Uncle: [Poke]
Pugazhendi's Friend: Poda Panni!
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Remade as Nayak: The Real Hero (2001) See more »

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Azhagana Ratchashiyae
Performed by Balasubramaniam S.P., Harini and G.V. Prakash Kumar
Produced by A.R. Rahman
Written by Vairamuthu
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Brilliant
8 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

One of the earlier Shankar thrillers and also one of his better ones. This movie is under-rated on IMDb. The popularity of this movie is reflected by the fact that it forms the basis for Shankar's latest movie, Anniyan, which isn't nearly as good as Mudhalvan. Not only is the movie thought provoking but also sheer fun to experience. Thats how all movies should be and thats what makes Shankar so special. Even though Raghuveran is a familiar face, he plays his role as the villain very convincingly. Manisha was however, pretty pointless and added just for the sake of having a romantic angle in the film. Arjun is the only actor whom Shankar has cast two times and this is without doubt, his best movie and performance ever besides gentleman. Each of Shankar's movies usually has a unique hero or first timer.


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