Adutha Saattai (Eng: Next whip) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action drama film which is a sequel to Saattai (2012), written and directed by M. Anbazhagan. It stars Samuthirakani, Athulya Ravi with debutant Kaushik and Yuvan in supporting roles. The soundtrack is composed by Justin Prabhakaran and lyrics are by Thenmozhi Das and Yugabharathi. Principal photography of the film began on 12 December 2018. Adutha Saattai is about the prevailing lapses in the Indian Education System. Considering the subject matter of the film, it was scheduled to be released in September 2019 worldwide later moved to November.
Dayalan (Samuthirakani) is employed as a tamil lecturer in a private arts and science college who is well respected and loved by all the students for his caring approach, friendly nature and open mindedness towards students empowerment. Most of Dayalan’s colleagues hate him including the college principal Singaperumal (Thambi Ramaiah). Pazhani (Yuvan), who happens to be the only son of Singaperumal falls in love with his classmate Podhumponnu (Athulya Ravi), however does not have the courage to confess. Podhumponnu has a good image over Aadhi (Kaushik), her classmate who hails from a poor family background. The college is divided based on two prominent caste groups resulting in frequent clashes between students belonging to the respective castes. Dayalan tries hard to calm down students and instigate them to stay united despite coming from different caste backgrounds which he accomplishes successfully. Dayalan also falls in love with his colleague Pachiammal (Rajshri) who shares his same ideologies and eventually get married.
Dayalan comes up with a plan of forming a group called “Students Parliament” whereby students should take responsibility in managing day to day activities of college such as cleanliness, infra facilities etc. While Singaperumal and other lecturers hate this idea, local media channels appreciate Dayalan’s efforts gaining good image for the college. Dayalan also initiates a plan of arranging campus interviews for their students similar to engineering colleges, so that students hailing from poor background should get benefited. Dayalan takes the necessary steps and meets different organizations inviting them for placement process in which he succeeds as well. This is also set as a good example for other arts and science colleges. Adhi gets a good job offer and dreams of improving his family’s financial status.
Lecturers who were against Dayalan’s ideologies, understand him well and decide to stand with him, but still Singaperumal’s ego does not let him support Dayalan. Singaperumal starts showing his anger towards students more often and sends Adhi out of his class. Angered by this, Pazhani also leaves the class and both Adhi and Pazhani travel in a bike, but they meet with a major accident where Adhi passes away and Pazhani is badly injured. Hearing this, Singaperumal feels guilty for his behavior and transforms. To everyone’s shock, Adhi’s caste leaders rush to college and starts protesting in the name of caste with plans of getting some money from the college management. Dayalan secretly records their conversation and sends to all students thereby exposing the real intentions of caste groups. College students unite and kick the caste leaders out from their college campus. Singaperumal apologizes to everyone taking responsibility for Adhi’s death and promises to Adhi’s family that Pazhani will take care of them.
Directed by M. Anbazhagan
Produced by Samuthirakani &Dr Prabhu Thilak
Written by M. Anbazhagan
Screenplay by Samuthirakani
Starring Samuthirakani, Athulya Ravi, Thambi Ramaiah
Music by Justin Prabhakaran
Edited by Nirmal
Production 11: 11 Productions Naadodigal
Distributed by Sri Vaari Film
Release date 29 November 2019