Mahaan Ending Explained: What Happens To Dada?


Starring Vikram, Dhruv Vikram and Bobby Simha, Mahaan is the latest Tamil movie released this week. Released on February 10 this year, the father-son drama Mahaan had a satisfying and interesting ending. The ending of this film is definitely worth discussing and might also need explaining. Based on two different generations of families and having the alcohol mafia in the background, both Vikrams gave gripping performances in the 2 hour film.

Chiyaan Vikram, or simply Vikram, is known for his bright and gritty performances in South Indian cinema. He is also widely known to Hindi fans. The film is available on Amazon Prime Video. You can watch it there. For now, let’s dive deeper into Mahaan’s ending by breaking down the whole movie as well.

What happened in the end?

Heading towards the conclusion, we saw Dada annihilate 3 of his 4 targets, with Sathya being killed by Gandhi himself. Gandhi was deceived by Gnaman’s evil plan in which he plotted a scenario where it looks like he kidnapped Dada. Then he ordered Gandhi to kill Sathya in order to save his son. The whole scenario went perfectly and Sathya was finally killed by the hands of Gandhi. Gandhi, after realizing he had been deceived by his son and Gnaman, was left helpless. But Gandhi takes advantage of the fact that his wife and Dada’s mother, Naachi, were at his house.

He gets her drunk and knocks her out and claims against Dada that Naachi is, in fact, kidnapped by Gnaman himself. He, by carefully plotting and creating a false scenario, has Gnaman killed by Dada.

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Explanation of the end of Mahaan: what happens to Dada?

In the final ending scene, Dada killed various officials at Deputy CM’s farm. Gandhi is clear and decided to donate all alcohol revenue to various NGOs to support the alcohol ban movement.

The deputy CM was, in fact, also a shadow partner. Dada was therefore deceived as he was on a mission to destroy the alcohol empire of his father and his friends. After discovering the truth, he got his revenge and completely killed the alcohol mafia.

Although murder may be justified as justice and in the right spirit in the eyes of the general mass, it is, after all, murder. A murder that also of a government representative (the CM deputy himself). So, according to the laws, he should be imprisoned. Gandhi, on the other hand, is totally free and can do whatever he wants. This seems to be the only plausible explanation. Since it also adds to create other scenarios, for the sequel, if done. Dada wants revenge because he made a mistake doing what he did.

Otherwise, Dada being free at the end of it all sounds good but doesn’t say something that would suit the aesthetic of the story perfectly. The movie was direct and real in its approach throughout, and that explanation doesn’t do the events of the movie justice.

Mahaan's End Explained
Still from Mahaan.

Mahaan Movie Breakdown

The film is much more than it delivers. This isn’t your typical father-son drama entertainment movie where they fight to the end. But the film’s narrative is about ideological differences and the extremism it offers. Gandhi’s family (including in-laws) are Gandhians. But it seems that the only principle of Gandhi they abide by is the consumption of alcohol.

In his eyes, they have high moral standards and they oppose all these practices, which pose a threat to society. But as Gandhi said at the end, Gandhi once said freedom to make mistakes is freedom itself. The family never forgives him for his one mistake. It seems like they are hypocrites at the end, like any human can be because we are not perfect. But the family is too preoccupied to notice. Moreover, Dada’s violent streak would never be considered virtuous in Gandhi’s tenets.

Using cards symbolized the very nature of life is just a big gamble. And there is no safe game, like what Naachi’s family tried to play. But in the end, she was left alone and Dada never had a father to take care of him. Gandhi has an anti-hero character in the film, according to cinematographic rules. But it’s been emphasized throughout the movie that he’s actually the movie’s main hero.

Looking from another lens, the ending also establishes the arc of Gandhi’s life. His one mistake cost him his family. And his work with Sathya and the establishment of the alcohol empire happened because he was not forgiven for his mistake, which seems too vague in the grand scheme of life. In the end, he is free from everything. In his eyes, he killed the enemy. He met his son, only to find him to be a cold-hearted person. In the eyes of his wife, he quit all businesses that were against the ideology of the dynasty.

The Tamil language movie starring Vikram is a must watch movie. Available on Prime Video, the father-son drama is an engrossing watch.

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