Cast: Natarajan Subramaniam, Ishara Nair, Ponvannan, Ilavarasu
Direction: H Vinoth
Producer: Manobala, Sanjay Rawal
Banner: Manobala's Picture House, SR Cinema
Music: Sean Roldan
Genre: Satire, Thriller
Run Time: 150 Mins
Release Date: 18 Jul 2014
Sathuranga Vettai (2014)
Sathuranga Vettai is the first film from director-producer-comedian Manobala’s own production house. The film is directed by debutant H. Vinoth starring Natarajan Subramaniam, Ishara Nair.
You will go on a time travel to witness all the different types of scandals and scams/fraudulent activities in daily news-papers. The movie takes no time to set in, the credit rolls with a simple message stating; inspired from real events.
The protagonist in the film, Gandhi Babu (Natraj) is a skilled conman. He dreams up ingenious scams and executes them perfectly. He sells ignorant people ordinary snakes claiming that they are exotic and will fetch crores in the international market.
He promotes a non-existent ‘multi-level marketing’ company with its controversial chain referral schemes promising a BMW car within the year. And the climax has him pulling off ‘the rice pulling scam’, one of the most high profile scams of recent times.
About 40 minutes into the film Gandhi Babu is arrested and multiple cases filed against him. But the money he has scammed over the years comes to his rescue and he is released. He is not in the least remorseful and continues to manipulate everyone. He believes that if a person is foolish or greedy enough to be duped, then the person is to be blamed. He argues that every election voters are conned by the candidates who promise them the moon, but never come through.
Banu (Ishara Nair) is from a poor family. She comes to work for him and falls for his charms. Despite having a soft corner for her, money is Gandhi Babu’s first priority and he abandons her. Gandhi Babu has a tragic past, his family is taken for a ride and he is left with no money to even cremate his mother. After that sad incident, Babu decides that “Money is Ultimate” in life, and is least bothered about how he gets it.
With a huge network of accomplices, Babu goes from town to town, making up one scam after the other. He gets nabbed by the Police, but despite thorough and hard investigation he does not reveal where he has stashed his money.
Finally, after a lot of bribing, Babu is out of jail. The moment he steps out of the court, he is kidnapped by a gang hired by one of the people Babu cheated in the past. With his life at stake, Babu asks his accomplices to collect all the money he has cheated till date and bring it as his ransom. However, his accomplices take off with all the money, leaving his life at the mercy of ruthless gangsters. What happens next, forms the rest of Sathuranka Vettai.