If Maniratnam's Aayidha Ezhuthu was about youngsters getting into politics
to make a change, this film, by Kamal Hassan shows us the ACTUAL politics
that goes on in villages.
A reporter researching the death penalty in India is recounted the story
of a farm owner Virumaandi whose role in a clan feud between Naicker and
Kothalla Devar leads him to death row.
A village, where women and land are the main reasons for mindless mayhem,
is the scene of action. Swayed by avarice or anger these are people who
never think twice before they take away a life. They are reckless and
romantic — repercussions rarely come to their mind.
As the story unfolds, there is a riot in the jail, and the only one who
can get the reporter safely out of the prison is Virumaandi.
The film ran into controversy much before its release, because of its
earlier title- "Sandiyar", which is a caste.
Heres a really good review of the film-->