Abbas, Aishwarya Rai, Ajith Kumar, Mammootty, Manivannan, Tabu
Drama, Musical, Romance
- Music by
A. R. Rahman
- Release date
05 May 2000
- Release source
(கண்டுகொண்டேன் கண்டுகொண்டேன்) Sowmya loves aspiring film director Manohar and her sister is smitten with Srikanth. Both sisters are betrayed when Manohar is rumoured to be dating his heroine and Srikanth marries another girl.
The Indian Peace Keeping Force personnel Major Bala, while fighting in the jungles of war-torn Sri Lanka, loses his rig...ht leg in an explosion triggered by Tamil militants. Elsewhere, Manohar, a film director, is greeted in a shooting spot by his parents, who want him to marry Swetha, so that he will inherit her family's company. Sisters Sowmya and Meenakshi are part of a close-knit family living in a Chettiar mansion in Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu, with their mother Padma, maternal grandfather Chandrasekhar, maidservant Chinnatha and younger sister Kamala. Sowmya is a school principal while Meenakshi is passionate about classic Tamil poetry, music and dance. Sivagnanam, a friend of Bala, lives with his mother. His mother is having breathing issues, which is fixed a soon as he says the word marriage. After his mother wants to see a marriage, Sivagnanam shows two cats, Raj and Viji, getting married much to her dismay.
Bala, who now runs a flower business, has become a depressed and alcohol-dependent man since losing his leg but he quits drinking after an argument with Meenakshi, with whom he falls in love and supports her family when in need. Meenakshi, who, considers Bala as a friend, falls in love with Srikanth, a charming businessman who shares Meenakshi's interests. Manohar visits Meenakshi's house for a film shoot. Sowmya and Manohar fall in love with each other.
On his deathbed, Chandrasekhar tries to say something about his will but no-one understands him. After his death, their lawyer breaks open the box and find he has bequeathed all of his property to his younger son Swaminathan, remembering his elder daughter Padma had eloped and married without his knowledge. Vidya and Sowmya silently submit themselves to Swaminathan and is wife, Lalitha's demands, but Meenakshi is unable to accept the change in lifestyle. Sowmya and her family move to Chennai when they can no longer stand Lalitha's arrogant behaviour upon inheriting the mansion.
Upon arriving in Chennai, the family struggles and they work as cooks at a local restaurant. While eating a vazhaipoo vada (banana flower vada), Bala and Sivagnanam recognises its taste and immediately goes to the kitchen. He is surprised to see such a rich family working tirelessly in the restaurant. After attending several interviews, Sowmya gets a job as a telephone operator at a software company. She is later promoted to a junior programmer due to her qualifications while Meenakshi becomes a playback singer with Bala's help. Sowmya is passionate about her job and as a result, she helps her colleagues when they need help.
Srikanth's finance company goes bankrupt and he has to pay back his investors. Meanwhile, Lalitha is sad after Swaminathan dies and offers the Chettinad house to Sowmya and her family, who refuse to take the house back. A minister offers to bail out Srikanth and his company if Srikanth marries his daughter. Srikanth agrees but Meenakshi is shocked and overwhelmed at his hypocrisy. After recording her first song, Meenakshi falls into an open manhole and is rescued by Bala. Realising Bala's love for her, Meenakshi falls in love with him.
Manohar's first film project is in disarray and he is thrown out. He plans to make his own action film with Nandhini Varma, a well-known Telugu film actor, as the heroine. Nandhini is superficially attracted to Manohar; rumours of an affair between them spread and his lack of attention to Sowmya hurts her deeply. Bala introduces Meenakshi to Vinod, an army officer, as he does not want Meenakshi to dedicate her life to caring for him because of his missing leg. Meenakshi tells Vinod and his family that she is not interested in him and declares her love to Bala. Manohar's film is a commercial success but when he visits Sowmya's house in Chennai, he finds she is moving to California for her company's project. Manohar and Sowmya tearfully argue and he tries to persuade Sowmya to marry him, and she accepts his offer. Manohar marries Sowmya and Bala marries Meenakshi.