By Emmy Iyer(06 May 2011)
Imsai Arasan 23m Pulikesi movie tells Veera Chozhapura Palayam kingdom is ruled by a king (Nagesh), who is heartbroken as there is no successor to his thrown. His queen (Manorama) gives birth to 22 children, but all of them die at birth. Little do they realize that it is the queen's brother, Rajguru (Nasser), who is behind the death of their children as it is part of his ill-conceived scheme to usurp the thrown and become the next ruler.
When the queen is ready for delivering the 23rd child, the palace astrologer foretells that the child will be a born dumb. Unexpectedly, the queen gives birth to twins. Rajguru identifies the dumb child with the help of the astrologer, and orders the other child to be killed. The royals, name their surviving child as 23am Pulikesi (Vadivelu).
Pulikesi takes up the reigns of the kingdom soon after the death of the king. Nevertheless, he plays into the hands of Rajguru, who collaborates with the British to loot the state.
Meanwhile, a childless couple brings up Pulikesi's twin brother Ugraputran (Vadivelu), as a brave, educated, intelligent and patriotic man. Very soon, Ugraputran learns his past and devices plans to save his kingdom from Rajguru and the British. He takes over from Pulikesi as the king. How Ugraputran saves his kingdom forms the remaining part of the story.