Directed by Priyadarshan
Produced by Mohanlal
Story & Screenplay by T. Damodaran, Priyadarshan
Starring Mohanlal, Prabhu Ganesan, Tabu, Amrish Puri
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography by Santosh Sivan
Production Company: Pranavam Arts
Release date: 6 April 1996
In 1965, G. S. Sethu (Vineeth) of the Indian Army goes to Ross Island, Kaalapani to find the whereabouts of his aunt Parvathi’s (Tabu) husband, Govardhan Menon(Mohanlal) who has been sent to jail in the year 1916 during the British Rule. In an old room containing record of prisoners held at the jail, Sethu comes across Govardhan’s records and learns his story.
Govardhan, a doctor as well as an Indian nationalist, is wrongly accused of bombing a train carrying 55 people including British officials. On his marriage day with Parvathi, he is deported to a cellular jail at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar Islands. There, hundreds of Indian prisoners are incarcerated in the cellular jail, including leading participants of the freedom movement. The extremely inhumane conditions faced by the prisoners in the jail are depicted.
David Berry (Alex Draper) is a sadistic jailor who is of Irish descent, while Len Hutton (John Kolvenbach) is a kindhearted English doctor. Veer Savarkar (Annu Kapoor) is incarcerated and tries his best to keep the spirit of the prisoners going despite unbelievable torture.
Parvathi is Govardhan’s lover who keeps waiting for him to come back. Due to the efforts of Len, the government decides to investigate the matter of the torture meted out to the prisoners. 14 people are ordered to be released. One of them is Mukundan (Prabhu Ganesan). David Berry and the jail warden, Mirza Khan (Amrish Puri), hatch a plan and shoot down 13 prisoners while they are escaping. Mukundan refuses to escape. He is forcibly taken on the pretext of meeting the Chief Commissioner and is shot and killed. Seeing the dead body of his friend, Govardhan is angered to the greatest extent and throws down David Berry from one of the towers and then kills Mirza Khan by strangling him. Govardhan is hanged to death. All this is shown in interminnent flashbacks. Sethu, after knowing that Govardhan has already been hanged to death 45 years ago, decides to not tell the truth to his wife, as her wait of 50 years will be spoiled. The film ends with Sethu lying to her that he met Govardhan and talked to him about her, indicating that she will never come to know about Govardhan’s death and will keep waiting for him for the rest of her life