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Oscar Movie: Kurudhipunal

Kurudhipunal is a Tamil, drama and action film directed by veteran cinematographer P. C. Sriram. The movie was produced by Kamal Hassan and the story is by Govind Nihalani. The plot revolves around a police officer in his 30s with familial obligations and a strong desire to curb terrorism in the country. The film was nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign film category for the year 1996. The film was recently featured as part of a retrospective to Kamal Hassan under the category Director in Focus at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The film starts with two sincere police officers Adhi Narayanan (Kamal Hassan) and Abbas (Arjun). Abbas sends a secret police officer named Dhanush, to mingle with a terror group headed by Badri (Nasser), with the task of providing updates about the movements of the group back to Abbas.

In an accident, Adhi happens to get the opportunity to arrest Badri. There is an interesting mental battle between Adhi and Badri. Adhi, afraid for his family's safety, gives in and lets Badri escape. The movie depicts the internal mental battle of Adhi and how he resolves this problem.

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