Naachiyaar is a 2018 Tamil crime drama film written, produced and directed by Bala. The film featured Jyothika in the titular role, with G. V. Prakash Kumar and Ivana in other leading roles. The film tells the tale of the police working to uncover the truth after a young man is accused of assaulting his girlfriend. Featuring music composed by Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography by Eashwar, the film began production during March 2017 and was released on 16 February 2018.
Naachiyaar is a tough policewoman in Chennai who is put in charge of solving a minor rape case. She tracks down a pregnant Arasi, the victim, from her uncle and his goons who plan to get her an abortion. Although Naachiyaar saves Arasi, her uncle and his friends escape and go into hiding. Meanwhile, Naachiyaar’s partner, Feroz arrests the suspect, Kaathu. He is then sent to a juvenile home, where he tells his story to one of the wardens, who is soft-hearted.
Through flashbacks, we see how Kaathu and Arasi first met. Both are still teenagers from the slums but they do not go to school but are forced to work to help support their respective families. Arasi works as a maid at wealthy families’ homes while Kaathu does odd jobs for a living. One day, while her employers are away, Arasi invites Kaathu into the house where they make love. However, Arasi quickly regrets and chases Kaathu away.
Back in present day, Arasi gives birth to a healthy baby boy and Naachiyaar lets Arasi stay with her until the local government can ensure the mother and baby have a safe place to stay. However, DNA results show that Kaathu is not the father of Arasi’s child. Naachiyaar decides to keep this a secret from Arasi until they can investigate this case even further.
Feroz arrests Arasi’s uncle and manipulates him into leading them to a fake doctor who conducts illegal abortions. After Naachiyaar threatens him, the fake doctor reveals that one of his most powerful clients, a wealthy moneylender is the one who raped Arasi. One day, when he was alone at home, the moneylender took advantage of her unconsciousness, raped her.
Naachiyaar and Feroz go to the moneylender to arrest him but are summoned back to their superior’s office since the culprit is very well connected. After getting an information as to proposed suspension, Naachiyaar abducts the moneylender and castrates him. She then faced enquiry and got transfer. She took initiative to reunite Kaathu with Arasi. Her husband tells Kaathu the truth but they keep the truth from Arasi to keep her safe.
Directed by Bala
Produced by Bala
Written by Bala
Starring Jyothika, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Ivana
Music by Ilayaraja
Cinematography Theni Eeshwar
Edited by Sathish Suriya
Production B Studios & EON Studios
Distributed by Madhumathii Films
Release date 16 February 2018
Running time 100 minutes