Veteran lawyer Rajinikanth(Shivaji Ganeshan) has never lost a case in the court. Mohandas (Major Sundarajan) murders his wife & beseeches any lawyer to appear on his behalf & save him. Meanwhile, Rajinikanth is shocked to know that an undeserving person has been promoted as supreme court judge. Rajinikanth decides to seek his revenge by gaming the system and fighting for Mohandas despite the latter's guilt. Mohandas is thus acquitted by the court, thanks to Rajinikanth's expertise in law.
Under unnatural circumstances, Mohandas's fiance dies in the bath tub. Once again Mohandas is convicted. Once again, Rajinikanth appears on Mohandas's behalf. But this time around, Rajinikanth has to face off his step son Kannan as the opposition lawyer. Kannan was also played by Shivaji Ganeshan in a double role. Rajinikanth wins the coveted judge post, but his very first defeat at the hand of Kannan proves too much to handle. An anguished Rajinikanth succumbs at the end.
The film was directed by Vietnam Veedu Sundaram and considered a major triumph in the history of Tamil cinema and in the filmography of Shivaji Ganeshan. In later years, Gauravam has been much parodied & paid homage to via skits and television episodes. In a brilliant piece of writing, Kannan is portrayed as a romancing devotee a-la Lord Krishna, while Rajinikanth is a single-minded hard-working atheist. Kannan's... Read More