Sangathamizhan (Eng: Ancient Tamilian) is a 2019 Indian Tamil-language action film written and directed by Vijay Chandar. The film stars Vijay Sethupathi in dual roles for the first time and also Nivetha Pethuraj and Raashi Khanna in the main female lead roles while Soori, Nassar, Ravi Kishan, and Ashutosh Rana play pivotal roles. The music is composed by Vivek-Mervin, and cinematography was handled by R. Velraj. Principal photography reportedly commenced during February 2019 in Hyderabad. It is getting released as “Vijay Sethupathi” in Telugu. The film released on 15 November 2019 mixed to negative reviews.
Murugan (Vijay Sethupathi) is a happy-go-lucky youngster and aspiring actor in Chennai who mostly roams around with his sidekick, Soori (Soori). One day, Murugan met Kamalini (Raashi Khanna), who is the daughter of the wealthy industrialist, Sanjay (Ravi Kishan), owner of Sanjay Industries. The relationship between the two started off sour but later became romantic. Sanjay initially plans to finish off Murugan, when having found out his relationship with Kamalini. But, to his shock, he finds that Murugan looks exactly like one of his old enemies, Sangathamizhan (Vijay Sethupathi).
Many years earlier, Sangathamizhan and his family including his lover and cousin, Thenmozhi (Nivetha Pethuraj) stopped the launch of Sanjay’s copper factory in their village due to the toxic effects on the villagers caused by the waste from the factory. In retaliation, Sanjay killed Sangathamizhan and his family with the help of Kulandaivel (Ashutosh Rana), who is a fellow politician and the former best friend of Sangathamizhan’s father (Nassar) during a festival. Now at the present, Sanjay strikes a deal with Murugan and asks him to act as Sangathamizhan so that he can help him to establish the copper factory in the village.
It is eventually later revealed that Murugan is actually Sangathamizhan, alive and well. He had survived the explosion that annihilated his family and is hell-bent on avenging their deaths by killing Sanjay. Sangathamizhan comes to Sanjay’s base where he fights Sanjay and Kulandaivel, ultimately emerging successful. The film ends with the copper factory sealed shut by the court and in an interview with the press, he says that as long as all the villagers are united, anything is possible to achieve.
Directed by Vijay Chandar
Produced by Bharathi Reddy
Written by Vijay Chandar
Starring Vijay Sethupathi, Nivetha Pethuraj, Raashi Khanna, Soori
Music by Vivek-Mervin
Cinematography R. Velraj
Edited by Praveen K. L.
Production Vijaya Productions
Distributed by Libra Productions
Release date 15 November 2019
Running time 150 minutes