Payyans is a slapstick comedy that narrates the story of a reckless youth who is forced to act his age and take responsibility for his actions. The film explores the relationship between a mother and a child. The central character Josy (Jayasurya) is brought up all by his mother (Rohini). Josy`s problems start with the disappearance of his father. He drops out from college to start his own business. But he does not succeed in his venture because of the lifestyle he leads. The film takes a turn when his long-lost father enters the picture and attempts to bring his life back in shape.