Velaikkari (1949)

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More a political advertisement than anything else, this film -- directed by A.S.A. Sami -- is a melodrama about the leftist DMK political party, adaptation from a play written by C.N. Annadurai who also happens to lead the DMK. The film opens with Anandan (K. R. Ramaswamy) returning home from working the tea fields of Sri Lanka to find his father hanging from a tree, the dead man's landlord (D. Balasubramanyam) having harried him into suicide. Anandan plots revenge with the help of a DMK operative named Mani (T. S. Balaiah). Meanwhile, the landlord's son (M. N. Nambiar) falls for a beautiful servant girl (M. V. Rajamma). The film ends with a series of long political harangues on the evils of the caste system and of elitism.