Neethi is a 1972 Tamil-language Drama film written by A. L. Narayanan and directed by C. V. Rajendran and produced by K. Balaji under the banner of Sujatha Cine Arts. Sivaji Ganesan earns a living driving a truck. He is a rash driver and than usually also driving while drunk. One night he stops at a prostitute's, spends the night with her, and gets up late the next morning. He rushes out and drives at breakneck speed in thick fog to make up for lost time while again drinking. He inevitably ends up running over and killing a farmer. But despite the opportunity to hit and run, he decides to stay and face the consequences. He is arrested by the police, charged, and brought before the ourts. W Sivaji Ganesan acknowledges his guilt to the Judge (Chittor V. Nagaiah) who in-turn knows that he should send him to prison for two years. But moved by the plight of the farmer's family (which include his widow (Sowcar Janaki), his sister, two young sons; a crippled father (S. V. Subbaiah), and his blind mother (Ganthimathi), and his inherent belief that imprisonment does not serve the good of the victim or the perpetrator, the Judge resolves to try a novel experiment of forcing Sivaji Ganesan to live with the farmer's family and looking after their financial needs. A horrified Ganesan attempts in vain to convince the Judge to change his ruling. He is transported to his new prison under police protection (J. P. Chandrababu), where he is met by hostile villagers. The farmer's family detest his presence, and call him enemy. Sivaji Ganesan attempts to escape on the first night, but is apprehended and brought back to serve his time. He gradually comes to terms with the twist of fate that has forced him to become a subsistence farmer and live under the ever unforgiving eyes of the farmer's family. Over time he starts sincerely working for the family and its interests. He meets Jayalalithaa, a happy-go-lucky girl who operates a small bi-scope machine to entertain the village kids. They take an instant liking to each other, which blossoms into love. He also finds friends amongst the previously hostile villagers (Manorama). He works hard on the f. Neethi stars Sivaji Ganesan in the lead role along with an ensemble cast including Jayalalithaa, Sowcar Janaki, K. Balaji, Major Sundarrajan, S. V. Subbaiah and Ganthimathi. The music was composed by M. S. Viswanathan along with : Kannadasan. Cinematography was done by Masthan and editing by B. Kanthasamy. The movie has a running time of 159 mins. It was released on 6th December 1972. Distribution rights for the movie were acquired by Sujatha Cine Arts.
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