|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Written by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Story by||Jyothi Krishna|
|Edited by||K. Thanikachalam|
Sri Surya Movies
|Distributed by||Sri Surya Movies|
Natpukaaga (English: For Friendship) is a 1998 Tamil drama film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. It starred R. Sarathkumar, Simran and Vijayakumar in the lead roles. It became a blockbuster upon release. Sarath Kumar win the Best Actor and K. S. Ravikumar, the Best Film.
Chinnayya (Sarath Kumar) works for a rich man Ayya (Vijayakumar) in a village. Chinnayya has great respect and affection towards Ayya and Ayya, too, takes care of Chinnayya and looks after him as his own son. Ayya hates his first daughter Gowri (Sithara) and her husband (Mansoor Ali Khan). Prabhavathy (Simran), Ayya's younger daughter, arrives at the village after completing her education from the US. Prabhavathy loves Chinnayya but he does not reciprocate, thinking this would be a betrayal of Ayya's trust in him. Later, Chinnayya too understands Prabhavathy's love and accepts it.
One day, suddenly, Prabhavathy accuses that Chinnayya tried to rape her. This angers Ayya and he beats Chinnayya and sends him away from his home. At this time, Muthaiya (also Sarath Kumar), Chinnayya's father, is released from jail and comes to meet Ayya. Muthaiya also worked under Ayya before and had won his trust. But Prabhavathy gets angry on seeing Muthaiya and asks him to leave the house because he had been jailed for murdering Ayya's wife Lakshmi (Sujatha) a few years back. Prabhavathy also reveals the truth that she staged a drama to send Chinnayya away from her father. Ayya is shocked knowing the truth and feels bad that he misunderstood Chinnayya, believing his daughter's deception.
Chinnayya also hates his father Muthaiya since childhood as he was accused of killing Lakshmi. The story moves to a flashback. Muthaiya was a loyal servant in Ayya's home. Mansoor Ali Khan is Lakshmi's brother and his wedding was arranged with Gowri. On the day of marriage, Lakshmi got to know about Mansoor Ali Khan's affair with another woman and decided to cancel the wedding. But Mansoor Ali Khan injured Lakshmi badly, hid her in a room and the marriage was completed. But Muthaiya found Lakshmi and got to know the truth about Mansoor Ali Khan. Before he could go and stop the marriage, it was already finished and so he did not want Mansoor Ali Khan to go to jail as that would impact Gowri's life. Lakshmi died from her injuries and Muthaiya accepted that he had murdered her for money and was arrested by police. This made Gowri and Prabhavathy hate him and his family.
Ayya did not believe this, so he went to jail to meet Muthaiya and asked him the truth. Muthaiya told the truth to Ayya and got a promise that Ayya would not reveal this truth to anyone else as Gowri would be alone then. Ayya agreed but sent Mansoor Ali Khan away from his home. Gowri also left his home without knowing the truth and understanding her father. The story comes to present and the wedding is planned between Prabhavathy and Mansoor Ali Khan's brother Sirasu (Ranjith). Since Chinnayya hates his father so much, Ayya was forced to reveal the truth. On the wedding day of Prabhavathy and Sirasu, Mansoor Ali Khan's mistress comes back with her brother saying that he wishes to marry Mansoor Ali Khan's daughter. During this event, the truth about Lakshmi's death is revealed which was witnessed by Gowri. So Mansoor Ali Khan tries to kill Gowri so that the wedding would not stop and they can take all of Ayya's properties. Somehow Muthaiya comes to the aid of Gowri and fight erupts, Mansoor Ali Khan tries to stab Gowri but Muthaiya saves her by coming in between. Gowri reveals the truth to everybody during the wedding. Mansoor Ali Khan is killed by Sirasu after knowing the truth that he killed his own sister Lakshmi. Muthaiya handover Prabhavathy to Ayya and succumbs to his fatal wound. Meanwhile, Ayya cries in front of Muthaiya's dead body and he also dies. The movie ends with Chinnayya and Prabhavathy getting married to each other.
- R. Sarathkumar as Chinnaiya and Muthaiya
- Simran as Prabhavathi
- Vijayakumar as Karunakaran (Ayya Prabhavathi/Gowri Father)
- Sithara as Gowri
- R. Sundarrajan as Kanakku Pillai
- Senthil as Kunnan (Ayya Home Sarvent)
- Mansoor Ali Khan as (Perusu, Gowri husband)
- Ranjith as Pasupathy (Sirusu)
- Manobala as Madurai
- Sujatha as Lakshmi (Ayya wife)
- Manorama as (Muthaiya mother)
- Anu Mohan as Anu (Ayya Home Car Driver)
- Idichapuli Selvaraj as Selvaraj (Ayya Home Sarvent)
- Kavithalaya Krishnan as Auto driver (Guest of role)
- Crane Manohar
- Anitha as Kamachi (Kunnan's lover)
- Sridevi as Selvi (Gowri daughter)
- Kovai Senthil as Iyer
- Mahendran as Young Chinnaiyya
- Hemalatha as Young Prabhavathy
- K. S. Ravikumar as Nondi Samiyar (Guest of role)
Director K. S. Ravikumar initially approached Mammootty to play the lead role. For reasons unknown, he declined the offer. Sarath Kumar was then chosen to play the lead. The team had initially considered Soundarya and then Keerthi Reddy to play the leading female role, their unavailability led to Simran being cast. The film's story was written by Jothikrishna, son of producer AM Rathnam.
|1999||Sneham Kosam||Telugu||Chiranjeevi, Meena||K. S. Ravikumar|
|2000||Diggajaru||Kannada||Vishnuvardhan, Ambareesh||D. Rajendra Babu|
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