Naan Kadavul (Eng: I am God) is a 2009 Indian Tamil movie co-written and directed by Bala. Based on the Tamil novel Yezhaam Ulagam by Jeyamohan—who also penned the dialogues for the film—the film features Arya and Pooja in the lead roles. Naan Kadavul was also dubbed in Hindi as Pandav — The Punch
The film revolves around Rudran (Arya), who in his childhood was left in Varanasi by his parents only to become an aghori. Years later he is brought back to Tamil Nadu, his homeland where he encounters a new world of physically and mentally challenged beggars. Rudran happens to meet Amsavalli (Pooja), a blind girl being controlled by Thandavan, a local thug and his henchmen. In the end, Rudran kills Thandavan and joins his mentor in Varanasi.
The film produced by K. S. Sreenivasan and jointly distributed by Vasan Visual Ventures and Pyramid Saimira, had background score and soundtrack composed by Ilaiyaraaja. Arthur A. Wilson handled the cinematography while Suresh Urs looks after the editing. The film had been in making for over three years, finally released on 6 February 2009. Upon release the film received critical acclaim, winning two National Film Awards, including the Best Director Award for Bala, four Vijay Awards, three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and one Filmfare Award. It was successful at the box office as well.
For astrological reasons, a father leaves his son Rudran (Arya) in Kasi. Fourteen years later, repenting his act he goes with his daughter in search of him. He finds him there but is shocked to learn that he has become an Aghori, a cannibalistic character who gives moksha and prevents the soul from getting rebirth. Nevertheless, he brings him back to Tamil Nadu. The story takes a turn here and introduces us to the world of physically and mentally challenged beggars. A world controlled by the cruel Thandavan (Rajendran). Hamsavalli (Pooja Umashankar) is a blind girl who was with a group of street actors but on one fine day was forcefully separated from her troupe and made to join the beggars controlled by Thandavan. Soon she becomes another victim of Thandavan’s cruelty. Meanwhile, Rudran leaves his house to find his place in a small cave near a hill temple. One day, Rudran’s mother will plead to him to come back to their house but was not successful and following that, Hamsavalli also tries to convince Rudran to return to his house, but fails. In the mean time, Thandavan makes a deal with a Malayali man of the same profession to sell some of the beggars. The Malayali man forcefully takes the beggars away despite their objections and crying. The Malayali man returns again,but this time to force man to marry an ugly, Hamsavalli for 10-lakhs worth of money. Thandavan orders his men to bring Hamsavalli but they take Hamsavalli to Rudran to help her. Rudran kills the Malayali guy and is arrested by the local Police. This agitates Thandavan. Hamsavalli sought protection and solace from the church but Thandavan finds her and starts torturing her as he refused to marry the deformed girl. This angers Thandavan as he lost his revenue and he was humiliated, thus in the anger, he beats up Hamsavalli really bad. Rudran was shown wounded in his forehead with blood oozing out. Flashback opens where Thandavan appears face to face with Rudran and fights, the result of the fight was the wound. Rudran kills Thandavan. Hamsavalli will find her way to Rudran and pleads to him to free her from her misery and life. She pleads to him to grant her moksha and never to be born again. Rudran slashes her throat and life ends for Hamsavalli. In the final scene Rudran returns to Kasi.
Directed by Bala
Produced by K. S. Sreenivasan
Screenplay by Bala & Jeyamohan
Based on Yezhaam Ulagam by Jeyamohan
Starring Arya, Pooja, Rajendran, Krishnamoorthy
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography Arthur A. Wilson
Edited by Suresh Urs
Production Vasan Visual Ventures
Distributed by Vasan Visual Ventures & Pyramid Saimira
Release dates 6 February 2009
Running time 127 minutes