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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S. Shankar

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Cast

Credited cast:
Arjun ... Pugazhendhi
Manisha Koirala ... Thenmozhi
Raghuvaran ... Aranganathan
Vadivelu ... Balvesham
Cochin Hanifa ... CM's PA
Laila Laila ... 'Kalakkal' Shuba
Vijayakumar ... Thenmozhi's father
Manivannan ... Chief Secretary
Kalairani Kalairani ... Pugazhendhi's mother
Omakuchi Narasimhan Omakuchi Narasimhan ... Vadivelu's Uncle
Sushmita Sen ... Special Appearance (Song - Shakalaka Baby)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Surya Surya ... Manohar
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

7 November 1999 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Oke Okkadu See more »

Filming Locations:

Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 500,000,000
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S. Pictures,Sri Surya Films See more »
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DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ilayathalapathy Vijay was also approached for lead role. He also accepted the offer. But few days later he withdrew from the movie due to some unknown reasons See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Aranganathan: [dying] That was a good interview!
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Brilliant
8 July 2006 | by biznizzmanSee 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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