Suzhal: The Vortex is a Tamil-language webseries created by Pushkar–Gayathri for the Amazon Prime Video.The series is releasing in over 30 languages through subtitles and dubbed in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin Spanish, Arabic, and Turkish.
Suzhal: The Vortex is a crime thriller that goes beyond the routine investigation and threatens to shake up the cultural societal fabric, when a crime hits a small town in India. Set against the backdrop of a unique micro-festival, ancient myths collide with the troubling present as we are drawn into the eye of the storm.
Everybody knows everybody in this small town, sub-inspector Sakkarai says. How wrong he is, and how good that is for Suzhal – The Vortex.
The riveting Tamil web series on Amazon Prime Video is set in Sambaloor, or Place of Ashes. By the end of eight nail-biting episodes, the sureties that have characterised Sambaloor for long-time residents like Sakkarai (Kathir) are just that – ashes.
Appropriately enough, the inciting incident is a fire at a cement factory. Charismatic union leader Shanmugam (Radhakrishnan Parthiban), who has been warring with the factory owner for higher wages, is the immediate suspect.
The night is long for Shanmugam, who returns home to find that his 15-year-old daughter Nila (Gopika Ramesh) is missing. A long-running feud between Shanmugam and inspector Regina (Sriya Reddy) means that the police are slow to move on Nila’s case. Regina and her protege Sakkarai initially side with the factory owner Mukesh (Yusuf Hussain) and his arrogant son Trilok (Harish Uthaman).
Sakkarai uncovers a web of secrets, lies and deception that goes far beyond Nila’s disappearance. Sakkarai’s quest touches nearly every major character. Regina, her husband Vadivelu (Prem Kumar) and her son Adhisayam (Fedrick John); Sakkarai and his fiance Lakshmi (Nivedthitaa Satish); Shanmugan and his family, which includes his elder daughter Nandhini (Aishwarya Rajesh) and his brother Guna (Kumaravel) – every one of them is transformed by the truth.