Iyarkai is a 2003 Tamil romantic drama film directed by S. P. Jananathan in his directorial debut. The film stars Shaam and Radhika as two lovers who are torn apart by their circumstances and their conflicting ideals. The film also features Arun Vijay in a cameo role and Seema Biswas as a supporting character. Iyarkai explores the themes of love, nature, war and peace through its characters and their interactions.
The film was critically acclaimed for its screenplay, direction, cinematography and music. It won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil at the 51st National Film Awards. The film was also a commercial success, running for more than 200 days in theatres. Iyarkai is considered as one of the best films of Tamil cinema and a cult classic among the fans.
Iyarkai is set in the backdrop of the Kargil War between India and Pakistan in 1999. The film revolves around three main characters: Marudhu (Shaam), a sailor who falls in love with Nancy (Radhika), a young woman who works at a port; Kathir (Arun Vijay), a soldier who is engaged to Nancy but goes missing in action during the war; and Valarmathi (Seema Biswas), a widow who runs a tea stall near the port and acts as a mother figure to Nancy.
The film begins with Marudhu arriving at the port after a long voyage. He meets Nancy and is instantly attracted to her. He learns that she is engaged to Kathir, who has not returned from the war yet. He also befriends Valarmathi, who tells him about Nancy's life and struggles. Marudhu decides to stay at the port until he can win Nancy's heart.
Meanwhile, Kathir is shown to be alive but wounded and captured by the Pakistani army. He is tortured and interrogated by his captors, who want him to reveal information about his unit and mission. Kathir refuses to cooperate and tries to escape several times, but fails. He also reminisces about his childhood and his love for Nancy.
As time passes, Marudhu and Nancy grow closer and develop feelings for each other. They also share their views on life, love and nature. Marudhu believes that nature is the ultimate source of happiness and peace, while Nancy thinks that human relationships are more important. They also face opposition from Nancy's father, who disapproves of Marudhu's profession and lifestyle.
One day, Marudhu receives a letter from his mother, who informs him that his father has passed away. He decides to leave the port and return to his village. He bids farewell to Nancy and Valarmathi, promising to come back soon. However, on his way back, he meets with an accident and dies.
Soon after, Kathir is rescued by the Indian army and returns to the port. He reunites with Nancy and Valarmathi, who are overjoyed to see him alive. He also learns about Marudhu's death and feels guilty for coming between him and Nancy. He decides to let go of Nancy and let her be happy with Marudhu's memories.
The film ends with Nancy visiting Marudhu's grave and placing a flower on it. She then walks away with Kathir, holding his hand. The film implies that Nancy has accepted Kathir as her husband, but still loves Marudhu in her heart. 061ffe29dd