The theme is novel and the picturization is equally interesting.
It banks more on visuals, and maintains suspense till the
flashback in the end reveals all. Ajit plays a mysterious
role named 'Citizen'.
Supposed to be based on a real-life incident, the subject
focuses on a particular village in Tamil Nadu, named 'Athipatti'
The village, an abode to fishermen, is erased from the map
of the revenue administration. The person from the village
is the hero whose mission is to capture the villains.
The film makes the best use of make-up technique, like in
Bharateeyudu, which depicted Kamal Hassan roles. The same
make-up artist is employed in the film to resent Ajith in
unrecognizable forms. Citizen's original name is Abdullah.
He grows up in the protective care of his father (also played
by Ajith) and mother (Meena).
As a child he witnesses the massacre of the people from his
villagers by a politician, a police officer and a contractor.
He re-christens himself as 'Citizen' and begins his hunt for
By then, the policeman becomes a DGP and the politician becomes
a minister. Citizen kidnaps all these people one by one assuming
different names and shapes.
A CBI officer (Nagma) is appointed to find out who the citizen
is. She travels wide and far in search of him and finally
The case goes to court where Abdullah exposes the criminal
nexus. The last scene also depicts the young man getting united
with his girlfriend (Vasundhara Das).
A well-made film, thanks to director Subbaih, its Tamil original
was a big hit. The Telugu dubbing is equally interesting,
supported by good dialogues. Ajith plays the role of 'Citizen'
well. How this character escapes the notice of the intelligence
officials sustains viewers' interest for long.
The next important role is that of Nagma as CBI officer. After
a long time, the Telugu audiences got to see her. Music is
pop with western mix. Vasundhara is passable in the film.