Seedan (Eng: Disciple) is a 2011 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by Subramaniam Siva. The film stars newcomer Unni Mukundan and Ananya of Naadodigal fame in the lead and features Dhanush in an extended guest appearance, while Suhasini, Sheela and Vivek appear in supporting roles.
The film, a remake of the 2002 Malayalam hit film, Nandanam, released on 25 February 2011 to mixed reviews. The whole film is shot inside a palacial set created by art director Jacki. The whole house including the exterior and interior was built in Prasad Studios. After more than a few decades a full traditional house set is made for a Tamil film.
Mahalakshmi (Ananya) is a servant at the residence of the elderly Amritavalli (Sheela). Everyone is really fond of her and treat her as one of the family, not a servant. However she finds herself doing all the work in the house. She is also a great devotee of the magnificent lord Murugan. Residing in Palani, she is unable to attend the temple. In a dream she finds herself at her wedding with an unknown man. The next day that man comes to the house. He is none other than Amritavalli’s own grandson Mano (unni). He falls head over heels in love with maha. Maha though hesitant at first finds herself in love with him as well. Mano constantly assures her that his mother will arrange marriage. However, as fate has it mano is afraid to admit to his mother thangam (Suhasini) that he is in love. This encourages thangam to fix his marriage with her childhood friends daughter. However, when thangam comes to know of the love affair she is helpless and all she is able to do is encourage the lovebirds to forget each other. Soon everyone ( excpet amritavalli, thangam and mano) treat Maha in a rude way… as a servant not a family member. Mahalakshmi, angry claims to Lord Murugan that she will not face ever again. Enters Saravanan (Dhanush). Dhanush enters as the cook appointed by Madhave Gounder (Ilavarasu). Everyone finds his cooking awesome. However Mahalakshmi disapproves as cooking was her only peaceful hobby in the house after she fell in Love. Saravannan is told to stay in the guest house where Gumbidiswamy (vivek) is staying. Gumbidiswamy is a fraud and is now trying to pass as a presit in strong believe of god. For this reason he has stayed at their house. It did not take Saravannan long to realize that Gumbidiswamy is a fraud and he used this to blackmail him. Having this control over Gumbidiswamy, Saravanna tells him to tell everyone that according to background and religious research, Mano and his fiancee are not suitable for each other. After doing many things such as this, Saravannan is able to get Maha and Mano together. thangam and Amritavalli agree to let Mano marry Maha. Maha and Mano (on the day of their wedding) search for Saravannan to thank him for his help.Instead of Saravanna, another person comes and says he is the only Saravannan around the area. Disappointed, Maha goes to Murugan’s Altar to pray… and there she sees Saravannan. He soon fades away. At that point, Maha understood that Saravannan was Murugan in Human form – in the Hindu religion it is believed that god may come down to earth in a human form to help those in need.
Directed by Subramaniam Siva
Produced by Amit Mohan
Story by Ranjith
Starring Dhanush, Unni Mukundan, Ananya, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, Sheela, Vivek
Music by Dhina
Edited by Ramsudharsan
Production Myth Productions
Release dates 25 February 2011
Running time 135 minutes