Naan Kadavul (English: I am God) is a 2009 Indian Tamil drama film co-written and directed by Bala. Based on the Tamil novel Yezhaam Ulagam by Jeyamohan—who also penned the dialogues for the film. The film features Arya and Pooja in the lead roles. The film was also dubbed in Hindi as Pandav — The Punch
The film revolves around Rudran (Arya), who in his childhood was left in Varanasi by his parents only to become an Aghori. Years later he is brought back to Tamil Nadu, his homeland where he encounters a new world of physically and mentally challenged beggars. Rudran happens to see Hamsavalli (Pooja), an ugly blind girl being controlled by Thandavan, an immoral local thug and his henchmen. In the end, Rudran kills Thandavan and joins his mentor in Varanasi.
The film produced by K. S. Sreenivasan and jointly distributed by Vasan Visual Ventures and Pyramid Saimira, had background score and soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Arthur A. Wilson handled the cinematography while Suresh Urs looked after the editing. The film had been in making for over three years, finally released on 6 February 2009. Upon release the film received critical acclaim, winning two National Film Awards, including the Best Director Award for Bala, four Vijay Awards, three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and one Filmfare Award. It was not successful at the box office.
Directed by Bala
Produced by K. S. Sreenivasan
Screenplay by Jeyamohan
Story by Jeyamohan
Based on Yezhaam Ulagam
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Arthur A. Wilson
Edited by Suresh Urs
Vasan Visual Ventures
Vasan Visual Ventures
6 February 2009
Plot For astrological reasons, a father leaves his son Rudran (Arya) in Kasi. Fourteen years later, repenting his act he goes with his daughter in search of the boy. He finds him there but is shocked to learn that he has become an Aghori, a cannibalistic sadhu who gives moksha and prevents the soul from getting reborn. Nevertheless, he brings him back to Tamilnadu as he had promised the boy’s mother. The story takes a turn here and introduces us to the world of physically and mentally challenged beggars, a world controlled by the cruel Thandavan (Rajendran). Hamsavalli (Pooja Umashankar) is a blind girl who was with a group of street actors but on one fine day was forcefully separated from her troupe and made to join the beggars controlled by Thandavan. Soon she becomes another victim of Thandavan’s cruelty. Meanwhile, Rudran leaves his house to find his place in a small cave near a hill temple. One day, Rudran’s mother comes to plead with him to come back to their house but is not successful and following that Hamsavalli also tries to convince Rudran to return to his house, but fails. In the meantime, Thandavan makes a deal with a Malayali of the same profession to sell some of his beggars to him for a tidy profit. The Malayali forcefully takes the beggars away despite their objections and crying. He returns again with a man with a deformed face trying to force Hamsavalli to marry him for 10 lakhs worth of money as the man was unable to find a bride due to his terrible deformity. Thandavan orders his men to bring Hamsavalli but they take Hamsavalli to Rudran to help her. Rudran kills the Malayali and is arrested by the local police who are forced to let him go as they are not able to locate the body and are afraid of forcing a confession from Rudran for fear of being cursed. This agitates Thandavan. Hamsavalli seeks protection and solace from the church but Thandavan finds her and starts torturing her as she refused to marry the deformed man thus making him lose out on a good amount of money. An angered and humiliated Thandavan beats up Hamsavalli really bad. Rudran is shown wounded in his forehead, with blood oozing out. In flashback mode Thandavan appears face to face against Rudran and fights him, the result of the fight being the wound. Rudran kills Thandavan. Hamsavalli finds her way to Rudran and pleads with him to free her from her misery and the earthly life. She also pleads with him to grant her moksha so that she never has to be born again. Rudran slashes her throat and life ends for Hamsavalli. In the final scene of the movie Rudran returns to his guru in Kasi.