Vasool Raja, is the leader of a rowdy gang which uses violence to illegally extort money from people. To keep his parents oblivious to his real profession, he employs an extravagant illusion, pretending to be a medical doctor running a hospital.
However, when his parents attempt to arrange his marriage with an old friend's daughter, the truth is starkly revealed. Ashamed and willing to do anything to win back his parents' trust, Vasool decides to attend medical school to earn a real medical degree. There he encounters his first love (childhood friend) and also his arch-enemy.
How will Vasool Raja deal with the rigors of medical school? How will the doctors, students and patients be influenced by his fresh and empathetic perspective to healing?
The film is a remake of the Hindi movie Munnabhai MBBS (2003).
The film faced controversy as the petition filed by Tamil Nadu Medical Council president KR Balasubramanian stating that the film's title ridiculed the medical profession and tarnished the image of the medical fraternity. Moreover, the film title is a mockery of the medical profession which would lower the dignity of the medical fraternity in eyes of the public.
Saran hoped to sign on director K Balachandar to play Kamal Haasan's father in the film. However Balachandar was reluctant to act and the team finalised Girish Karnad for the role, later replacing him with veteran actor Nagesh.
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