சிட்டிசன் பாடல் வரிகள்

Citizen
Movie Name Citizen
Movie Name (in Tamil) சிட்டிசன்
Starring Ajith Kumar, Meena, Vasundhara Das, Nagma
Music Deva
Year 2001
Rating

5

Plot

Abdullah runs a motorcycle workshop with a few workers. He also gives casual legal advises to the locals. A computer science student named Indhu develops a crush on him and tries woo him, although Abdullah has nothing of it.

In a massive street protest by lawyers across the city, Abdullah, in altered appearance, kidnaps Judge Vedhachalam, after introducing himself as ‘Citizen’. Later on, Abdullah proceeds to kidnap Collector Santhanam by posing as freedom fighter Sundaramoorthy. In both kidnaps, Abdullah mentions ‘Attipatti’, which seemed to render his victims speechless.

With these two high-profile kidnappings, the case is handed over to CBI, led by Senior Officer Sarojini Harichandran. Sarojini finds out that both kidnap victims worked together in Mayavaram division some years ago, and was involved in a riot that happened in Attipatti. However, a check with Mailadhurai sub-collector’s office and Nagapattinam collector’s office found that there is no town or village in the area named Attipatti. She then visits the main collector’s office in Tanjavur and is shocked to find out that the village Attipatti existed in records before 1973, but not in the years after that. She becomes certain that the kidnapper too has a link to Attipatti.

Meanwhile, Abdullah becomes irritated with Indhu who keeps longing for his affection. He scolds her and says that she doesn’t know who he really is and the pain he endures in his heart.

Through an information given by the Tanjavur office, the CBI team track down a former employee of the local government which Attipatti was under. He tells them to visit Lutheran Chapel’s Father Louis who knew every single people of Attipatti. In a visit to the Lutheran Chapel, Sarojini and her team meet Father Kuriakose who inform them that Father Louis had passed away 10 years ago, but left a box to be handed over to whichever government body that come to the church and ask about Attipatti. After reading the letter in the box, Sarojini instructs digging near the coastal area where Attipatti once located. She and her team is horrified to find hundreds of dead bodies buried deep under. They are presumably the former inhabitants of Attipatti. Buried with them is also a tombstone bearing the names of all who perished. After a quick verification with the last census, they found out one name is missing in the tombstone, a five year-old named Arivanandam. Father Kuriakose informs Sarojini based on church records, a boy named Anthony was baptised on the same year the atrocity happened, and that he eventually went on to obtain Law degree. Sarojini concludes that Arivanandam and Anthony are the same person and he is Citizen, and her further investigation leads her to Abdullah. With the CBI officers prepare to ambush Abdullah in a mosque, he manages to escape via a secret route. Sarojini discovers Citizen’s secret operation room within the mosque. There she finds out Citizen’s next target is DGP Devasagayam. However, at the same moment, Citizen had already kidnapped the DGP. The CBI officers receive information that Citizen is hiding in Tada forest and go after him. In the forest, Indhu comes to meet Abdullah and reveals she already knew he was Citizen some time ago and that she still likes him in spite of that. CBI officers arrive at the forest and after some chase, finally manage to arrest Citizen.

In the trial, a flashback scene appears where Citizen tells the court what happened in his village, Attipatti. It was a hamlet of some 700 inhabitants surrounded by the sea. Therefore, it is often flooded by the rise in water levels, causing deaths. The area’s MLA had promised to built a wall in exchange for votes. However it was never built. When the villagers, led by Citizen’s father, Subramani, go the collector’s office to ask about its status, the collector turned them away saying a wall cannot be built in that area as the number of people is too small. The villagers later found out that the Collector, together with the MLA, the DGP and the Judge had taken for themselves some 150 million rupees allocated by the government to built the wall. After that, when the four of them visited Attipatti, the outraged villagers embarrassed them by forcing them to eat moldy rice and pouring water on them. In response, the four officials vowed to make Attipatti disappear from the map. One night, they arrived at Attipatti with some men, caught all the villagers, tied them on a boat, tortured them and pushed them to the sea, killing all except Arivanandam.

As the scene switches back to the trial, Citizen explains he didn’t kidnap the MLA because he had already been punished after losing in the election. With the judge, DGP and collector in the witness stand, Citizen tells the court death penalty or life in prison is too soft a punishment for them. He says corruption exist because government officers want to provide a luxurious life for their family members. He suggests to strip the wealth and citizenship of the three and all their immediate and extended family members. The film ends with the court releasing Citizen on the grounds that he fought for the good of the country.

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