Ethir Neechal (English: Swimming Against the Tide) is a 2013 Tamil comedy drama film written and directed by R. S. Durai Senthilkumar, a former assistant to Vetrimaran and produced by Dhanush. Sivakarthikeyan, Priya Anand and Nandita play lead roles. The movie released on May 1, 2013 to positive reviews from critics as well as the audience The film starts with Kunjithapatham/Harish (Sivakarthikeyan) narrating about his past life and how he had troubles and embarrassing moments because of his name right from his childhood. Once he wins 100 metres, 200 metres and 1500 metres running race in his school level, but he is embarrassed to collect the medal on his stage due to his name. His name is Kunjidhapadham named after his family deity. He loses his father at an early age and then he is brought up by his mother (Surekha Vani) and has his childhood buddy who is now a tailor, Peter (Satish). During college days he loves his neighbour's daughter (Suza Kumar);She too reciprocates his love but rejects him due to his name.Then one day his mother too passes away. Then Kunjidhapadam lives alone in his house.