Kadhal Desam stars Abbas,Vineeth, Tabu, S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Vadivelu and Chinni Jayanth Directed by Kathir The music is by A. R. Rahman. In a city in Southern India traditional rivalry has always existed between the students of Pachaiyappas and Loyola Colleges respectively. Karthik (Vineeth) is poor and an orphan, who studies in Pachaiyappa's College, lives in a rented room, travels by the bus, hangs out with a number of friends, and is the Captain of his football team. He is also a good poet and daydreams about his dream girl.
Arun (Abbas), on the other hand, comes from a rich and wealthy family, studies in Loyola College, drives his own car, hangs out with number of friends, and is also the Captain of his football team. In a nasty inter college riot Arun saves Karthik's life.So in return Karthik lets Arun win in a soccer game because he thinks Arun can't take losses easily.
Both become good friends, and they both show a good example of friendship to the others in the college road.Divya is the new girl in town who causes barbers to shave their clients head off,flowers to cry because she is not walking on them etc.Both fall in love with her,but neither realizes that they both love the same women.