Karthi, brother of Surya made his debut as an actor with this film in Tamil with the title Paruthiveeran. The film won many awards in Tamil film industry. Priyamani, who played his love interest in the movie, gave an extra-ordinary performance and the audiences would wonder where had those acting talents in her have gone, as she became a glamour doll in her later part of her career. Directed by Ameer Sultan and produced by Gnanavel Raja, the dubbed Telugu version is releasing today as Malligadu. Howver, the film had lot of Tamil scent and nativity which cannot be digested by the Telugu audiences.
Mallibabu (Karthi) is a goonda, who always gets into trouble with the police regularly. His uncle is Sivayya (Saravanan) and Mallibabu keeps moving around the countryside, looking for entertainment as well as trouble. A girl called Malli (Priyamani) falls flat at him and loses her heart to Mallibabu who is her relative, but he never cares for her. Moreover, Malli’s father Nagayya (Ponvannan) doesn’t like Mallibabu as he is a ruffian and hates his high-handed behaviour.
Adding to that Mallibabu always moves close with low-caste people. After some time, Mallibabu starts understanding the love of Malli and gives green signal to the love. Later, Malli Babu decides to marry Malli and by that time, the entire village starts hating Mallibabu for some reason. Why the villages start hating Mallibabu? Did Mallibabu and Malli fulfill their dreams by marrying? Did the villagers allow them to marry and lead a life together? Answers to all these questions form part of the climax