|Starring||Arjun, Prabhu Deva, Madhoo, Gautami, Goundamani|
|Music By||A R Rahman|
|Lyric By||Vairamuthu, Vaali|
|Singers||S. P. Balasubramanyam, S. Janaki, G. V. Prakash Kumar, Suresh Peters, Sujatha Mohan, Swarnalatha, Shahul Hameed, Srinivas, Minmini|
Gentleman is a 1993 Tamil vigilante-heist film written and directed by S. Shankar marking his debut and produced by K. T. Kunjumon. It stars Arjun and Madhoo in the lead roles. The film's music (score and soundtrack) is composed by A. R. Rahman, and it was very well received upon release. The choreography in the film was also viewed as a highlight. This high-budget production won positive reviews and became a blockbuster at the box office. The film was remade in Hindi as The Gentleman in 1994 by Mahesh Bhatt starring Chiranjeevi.
In Ooty, unknown men (Arjun & Goundamani) perform a swashbuckling heist of money of several crores while being in disguise diverting the attention of police, and escape in Nilgiri toy train, much to the frustration of a chasing police officer Ratnam (Ajay Rathnam).
Meanwhile, in Chennai, Krishnamoorthy alias Kicha (Arjun) is a respected citizen who runs a home-based pappadam business along with Mani (Goundamani). Susheela (Madhoo), one of Kicha's many female employees. She has a crush on him and is constantly demanding his attention. Another thing adding to her woes is the arrival of her jovial cousin Sugandhi (Subhashri). She makes the place so lively and playful with silly fights between Mani and Babloo (Senthil). Sugandhi later develops a crush on Kicha, especially after being saved by him from some molesting goons. But Kicha reveals to her that he has no such feelings for her and wants her to find a suitable mate. Before leaving Chennai, Sugandhi steals Kicha's ring as a souvenir.
After several unsuccessful attempts at nabbing the thief, a disgraced Azhagar Nambi (Charan Raj) shaves his head and is left with a ring mark on his face, after a scuffle with the thief. On investigating, he later realizes that the mark was formed by a ceremonial ring worn by Brahmin priests, but to his vain, finds that the specific design of this ring is uncommon to Brahmin priests, but rather resembles a mangalsutra. Both intrigued and frustrated, Nambi is forced by his parents into getting married and by coincidence to Sugandhi, from whom he gets the particular ring he was tracking and finds out that it belongs to Kicha.
In an attempt to trap and arrest Kicha, Nambi plots an attempt at Kicha's house where they were invited for wedding diner, hosted by Kicha, where he shoots Kicha, but the latter narrowly escapes with bullet injury in his hand, along with Mani. They were followed by Susheela to their hideout, where Susheela finds the duo, and fabercasts Kicha for his false deed.
Then, Kicha reveals his flashback about his student life as a district level topper along with his best friend Ramesh (Vineeth), and when they both were denied their desired medical college seats due to bribery, that leads to tragic suicides of his mother Ponnamal (Manorama) and Ramesh, and since then, he became a thief to build a college of his own, where he desires to make education available to the deserved, with out any difference to poor, rich, or any caste.
In order to fund the final stages of the college building, aware of the police trap, Kicha makes one last attempt to steal money from the Chief Minister (Rajan P. Dev), resulting successfully, but Nambi gains the upper hand in arresting him. In the courtroom, Kicha demands the Chief Minister of the state should come to the courtroom, who was the then educational minister who demanded the bribe from him. Though the CM is exposed to the public, he is still let off, which infuriates a youth who aspired by the ideologies of Kicha kills the minister planting a bomb on himself. During the end credits, it is shown that Kicha serves his jail sentence and he subsequently inaugurates the medical college for the poor students after his release from jail.