Director: Amal Neerad; Writer: Sharfu, Suhas; Producer: Nazriya Nazim, Amal Neerad; Cinematographer: Littil Swayamp; Editor: Vivek Harshan; Cast: Fahadh Faasil, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Sharafuddin, Dileesh Pothan, Nisthar Sait, Arjun Ashokan, Vijilesh Karayad, Shobhi Thilakan, Chethan Jayalal, Parvathi T., Kochu Preman, Jinu Joseph, Unnimaya Prasad
Duration: 02:03:08; Aspect Ratio: 1.778:1; Hue: 54.335; Saturation: 0.130; Lightness: 0.193; Volume: 0.196; Cuts per Minute: 16.697
Summary: Varathan is a story about a husband and wife, Aby and Priya who return to Kerala when Aby loses his job in Dubai. They then decide to live at Priya's childhood-home in the hills. Since their first day there, Priya is suspicious of the intentions of the contractors who work on her family's land. The villagers and neighbours are often shown oggling at her. After their wedding anniversary, when the couple go to bed, Priya spots someone staring at them from the window. But when she wakes her husband, the shadow disappears. Next day, while Priya is taking a bath, she spots people staring at her nude body. She screams and Aby spots a worker in the upper terrain. He shuts the window with duct tape and newspaper. Priya is constantly seen warning Aby that people around there were not the same as in Bangalore or Dubai, so they ought to be more careful. Even an occasion occurs when Priya's unwashed panties are stolen by Jithin. One day, Aby has to meet up with a designer regarding their startup and Priya is left alone at home. She promises to go to the convent after Aby goes. Priya locks the door and goes to the convent Library on her scooty. Although, midway she is hit by a Jeep with the malefic neighbours Josy, Johnny and their right hand man Jithin. While she lays unconscious, they sexually abuse her and leaves her on the hospital . When Aby returns home at night, he sees the house locked. He then goes out on a search for her when he gets a call from the caretaker of the estates, Benny, who informs him that Priya was hospitalized. When Aby reaches the hospital, Priya is furious. She fumes out of the hospital saying nothing. Aby tries to talk to her when they are on their way home, but Priya is agitated. She takes the key, walks into the house and starts packing her bags. When Aby starts to question her, Priya says she was sexually molested she no longer felt safe living with Aby up there in the hills. Aby walks out and lights a cigarette standing at the front door. A boy and mother, whom Aby and Priya once gave lift to, comes crying to the house. They describe how the boy was caught with the Contractor's daughter Sandra in the bushes that day. They explain how the contractor family is looking to kill him. Aby tells the mother and son to go inside and locks the door. Two men, who work for the contractor comes inquiring about the boy. Aby says he doesn't know where the boy is. Unsatisfied, they return after noticing one of the boy's slippers on the verandah. However, a Jeep and multiple people including the Contractor and all his sons come to Aby's house. They ask for the boy and Aby says he won't let go of the boy. They can find him tomorrow at the Police Station. None of the people withdraw, upon which Aby walks inside and tries to lock the door. When he is stopped by Johnny, Aby slides out a butcher's knife from the doorside and stabs his left forearm. He locks the door and walks Priya, the mother and the boy to a safe room. From there, the movie takes an action-mode. Aby sets up the house to electrocute the invaders and successfully does so. Some others who try to invade the house are seen burned with torch flame and LPG gas cylinder, cleverly by Aby. After fighting tooth and nail until the morning, Aby is caught by Josey and the contractor. While they aim to shoot him with a gun, Priya walks out with the mother and the son as if in surrender. When they look towards her, Priya shoots two of the perpetrators. Aby, seeing the opportunity, takes charge. The contractor flees away and Aby brutally hits Josey, the last of his wife's abuser. And he informs that police will come & take them. After chaos, he is seen drinking the coffee with Priya while he narrates Josey how law is still valid and alive in this part of the country. After that, an epilogue 'One week Later' is seen where Aby locks the gate with a plaque on it saying 'Trespassers will be Shot'. They live a happy life after.
Many of the critics remarked that the film is an unofficial adaptation of Sam Peckinpah's Straw Dogs.