Aandavan Kattalai (Eng: God’s Order) is a 2016 Indian Tamil language comedy-drama film co written and directed by Kaaka Muttai fame M. Manikandan co written with Arul Chezhiyan and Anucharan. Aandavan Kattalai features Vijay Sethupathi and Ritika Singh in the lead roles. Produced by G. N. Anbu Chezhiyan and featuring music by K, the film began production in March 2016. It was released on 23 September, is performing well at the collection centres in Tamil Nadu and was turning as a hit at the box office.
Faced with several debts, a village accountant Gandhi (Vijay Sethupathi) leaves for Chennai with his best friend Muthu Pandi alias Pandi (Yogi Babu) to get all the documents necessary for going to London, where they plan to make a lot of money to pay off their debts. They approach two middlemen to help them get the passport and British tourist visa necessary for them to go to London. The middlemen claim that the British Deputy High Commission would prefer to give tourist visas to those who are already married, so the duo are forced to add their “wife’s” name while applying for passport, with Gandhi adding his “wife’s” name as Karmeghakuzhali. However, Gandhi’s visa application is rejected, forcing him to remain in Chennai and take up a job as an accountant with a drama troupe Stray Factory, run by Master (Nassar), while Pandi leaves for London.
With his hardwork and sincerity, Gandhi soon becomes the favourite employee of Master and is made to act in his plays. Eventually, Stray Factory are invited to perform in London, leaving Gandhi in a bind as he now needs to get his “wife’s” name removed from his passport. He finds out that the only way to do so is to divorce his “wife”, but for that he needs to find a woman who has the name Karmeghakuzhali. He successfully manages to track down a woman with the name Karmeghakuzhali (Ritika Singh), who is a television journalist, and tries to convince her to act as his wife and “divorce” him. Initially she refuses, but she soon gives Gandhi the necessary documents to “divorce” her, feeling pity for him. However, since both husband and wife need to be present at court at the time of divorce, Gandhi convinces Aarthi (Pooja Devariya), an actress who works in Stray Factory, to act as Karmeghakuzhali at the court. But at the time of the divorce hearing, Aarthi disappears to the toilet, forcing a relucant Karmeghakuzhali, who is present at the court, to take part in the divorce hearing. The subsequent events at the divorce hearing prove humiliating for Karmeghakuzhali and she leaves the court in tears with no “divorce” granted.
Later, Gandhi finds out that Pandi has been deported back to India and detained by immigration officials for giving false information and address verification while obtaining his passport, and he too finds himself in the dock for doing the same. However, he shows his and Pandi’s original Voter ID cards to the immigration officials, getting them released, while the middlemen are arrested. Pandi, humiliated by the recent events, returns to his village.
Gandhi goes to the Regional Passport Office in Chennai and admits his crime to the Regional Passport Officer. The passport officer asks him to pay a fine of 1,300 to get Karmeghakuzhali’s name removed from his passport. But in a last-minute decision, Gandhi chooses not to remove Karmeghakuzhali’s name from his passport and instead proposes marriage to Karmeghakuzhali, who is initially taken aback, but agrees. He soon gets his British visa and leaves for London with the rest of the Stray Factory troupe.
Directed by M. Manikandan
Produced by G. N. Anbu Chezhiyan
Written by Arul Chezhiyan, M. Manikandan & Anucharan
Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Ritika Singh, Nassar, Pooja Devariya
Music by K
Cinematography N. Shanmuga Sundaram
Edited by Anucharan
Production Gopuram Films & Tribal Arts
Distributed by Sri Green Productions
Release dates 23 September 2016
Running time 146 minutes