Parvati belongs to a very rich family. She falls in love with and marries a farmer against her brother's wishes. Her brother and sister-in-law die in a car accident leaving behind their daughter, Sumati. After her parents' death, Sumati is raised by her uncle in Chennai. Parvati tells her son Velan (Kamal Haasan) to find the now grown up Sumati (Khushboo) and marry her but on condition that she doesn't know he is her son. Armed with only a picture of the girl when she was four, he leaves for Chennai to fulfill his mother’s wishes. Will he succeed in finding her?