Mafia: Chapter 1 is a 2020 Indian Tamil-language action crime film directed by Karthick Naren and produced by Allirajah Subaskaran under the banner of Lyca Productions. The film starring Arun Vijay and Priya Bhavani Shankar in leading roles with Prasanna playing the antagonist. The film’s music composed by Jakes Bejoy, while cinematography and editing are handled by Gokul Benoy and Sreejith Sarang respectively. Filming was completed on 29 August 2019, and the film was released on 21 February 2020.
Aryan is a Narcotics Control Bureau Officer who works alongside his batchmates Sathya and Varun. Aryan’s main aim is to eradicate all drug groups and drug lords after he lost his brother Dilip to drug addiction. Alongside his team are Selvam, his team supervisor and Mugilan, a social activist who is also Aryan’s neighbour. Whilst Aryan arrives home, he receives news that Selvam has died due to a gunshot at the head. Aryan and Sathya investigate around the house, and Aryan concludes that there is a big drug lord behind the murder, and they must find evidence of that.
Mugilan is also targeted by the drug lord and his bodyguard and is killed. Before his death, he puts information about the drug lord in a USB stick, attached to his dog, Pogo’s collar and sends Aryan a message. Aryan tracks Pogo down with the tracking chip installed in his collar and sees the information. The drug lord is apparently Diwakar Kumaran (DK) who is a big technology entrepreneur and a philanthropist. Mugilan suspects his early source of income was with links of international drug cartels. DK and his brother/bodyguard Rudra have links with politicians, so their business cannot be derailed.
After a big cat-and-mouse chase between Aryan and DK, Aryan finally manages to catch DK, who kills himself to prevent going into custody. Before his death, DK tells Aryan that he is not the main drug lord. Then later it is followed by a twist that his own twin brother Dilip aka Dexter is the main drug Lord. The story then leads to Mafia: Chapter 2.
Directed by Karthick Naren
Produced by Allirajah Subaskaran
Starring Arun Vijay, Prasanna, Priya Bhavani Shankar
Music by Jakes Bejoy
Cinematography Gokul Benoy
Edited by Sreejith Sarang
Production Lyca Productions
Distributed by Lyca Productions
Release date 21 February 2020
Running time 114 minutes