Draupathi is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language rural drama film directed and produced by Mohan G. The film features Richard Rishi and Sheela Rajkumar in the lead roles, with Karunas and Nishanth in supporting roles. The music of the film was composed by Jubin and cinematography performed by Manoj Narayan and edited by Devaraj S. The film based on real incidents is a crowd funding project. Draupathi was released theatrically on 28 February 2020.
This film is based on the 2013 fake marriage cartel that took place in North Chennai. This film marks the second collaboration between the director Mohan and Richard Rishi after Pazhaya Vannarapettai. The film was shot in Chennai, Vellore, Viluppuram and Ariyalur and will be set in northern Tamil Nadu. The film had to be crowdfunded as no producer was willing to produce the film after the director narrated the script.
Draupathi begins with a news flash about Rudra Prabhakaran (Richard), a silambam teacher in a village, who has murdered his own wife and her sister in the name of honour killing. The action cuts to six months later when Prabhakaran comes out of prison on bail. He moves to Chennai, where he begins to pose as a tea seller, observing the activities at a registrar’s office. Soon, we see him tracking down two men and killing them. An undercover cop is tasked with investigating these murders. Meanwhile, an independent journalist, who is making a short film on Prabhakaran and his wife Draupathi (Sheela Rajkumar) smells something fishy in the murders. What is Prabhakaran after?
Directed by Mohan G
Produced by Mohan G
Written by Mohan G
Starring Richard Rishi, Sheela Rajkumar, Karunas
Music by Jubin
Cinematography Manoj Narayan
Edited by Devaraj S
Production FireFox Studios
Distributed by GM Film Corparation
Release date 28 February 2020
Running time 159 minutes