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  • 04 Apr 2021
  • 2h 20m
  • Comedy, Drama
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Mandela is an Indian Tamil comedy-drama political satire television film written and directed by Madonne Ashwin on his directorial debut and produced by S. Sashikanth of YNOT Studios while co-produced by Balaji Mohan of Open Window Productions. The film is titled after the late South African President Nelson Mandela. The film stars Yogi Babu in the main lead role while Sheela Rajkumar, Sangili Murugan, and G. M. Sundar play supportive roles. The film is set on the backdrop of a village panchayat election scenario between two political parties where a barber's vote will determine the fate of the election. The film is scheduled to be directly released via Star Vijay on 4 April 2021





  • Status Released
  • Release date 04 Apr 2021
  • Running time 2h 20m
  • Genres Comedy, Drama


National Film Awards - 2020
Madonne Ashwin
Best Debut Director
National Film Awards - 2020
Madonne Ashwin
Best Dialogues


Yogi Babu, Sheela Rajkumar, Sangili Murugan, G. M. Sundar, George Maryan

In a small village named Soorangudi in Tamil Nadu, the population of around 1000 people are split into two caste-based factions, Northerners and Southerners. When the long unopposed President of the Village becomes paralyzed months before election, his two sons decide to run for president. The election is also divided along caste lines, as elder son's mother is a Northerner and others is a Southener. Based on pre-polling it turns out the vote is split. The tie breaker vote falls upon a local hairstylist named Smile alias Nelson Mandela (Yogi Babu) who recently joined the voter list. The rest of the movie is about who gets Nelson Mandela's vote to win. In the process, Mandela gets the two contenders to improve the village by laying a road, building a school etc. with their wealth. The movie ends with a 'surprise' result to the election that is not disclosed but is inferred that the village of Soorangudi won.


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