Cast: Karthi Sivakumar, Priyamani, Saravanan, Ganja Karuppu, Ponvannan
Music: Yuvanshankar Raja
Actor Surya’s younger brother Karthi is making his debut in this film. It was in the making for a long time and it was Director Amir who took it over half-way through and completed it.
Here goes the story…
The story is set in a rural area far removed from the influences of urban life. The village is called Parithiyur where Paruthiveeran lives with his doting uncle — father’s brother, (Saravanan). He shapes up as a brutal bully and leads a care-free life. Muthazhagu (Priyamani) loves him more than her life, but he remains unmoved and keeps her at bay. At times he is violent too. When he understands her true love for him and decides to marry her, the feud between the two families comes in the way. Determined as he is to possess her, he warns her against marrying anyone else on the insistence of her father or mother. He even threatens to cut her into pieces. Undeterred by his threats, her parents press ahead with the preparations for her marriage with a man of their choice. But she resists and musters courage to elope with Paruthiveeran. What follows forms a shocking climax with violence taking hold turning the white screen red.
Karthi’s portrayal of the character as a tough and lawless youth is impressive, though it is his first movie. Karthi played the role so well that one wonders whether real-life Paruthiveeran has not come alive. The scene, in which Karthi acts as a man possessed by Kali to save Muthazhagu from criticisms by the villagers, is one which, in fact, horrifies the audience. The enacting of this scene by Karthi shows his potential.
Priyamani as Karuppachi Muthazhagu with oily face and rural naivety matches Karthi’s character. The performances by Saravanan as the uncle of Paruthiveeran, Ponvannan, as father, and Sujatha as mother of Muthazhagu, ‘Sevvalai’ Raju and Ganja Karuppu are etched in the mind.
Yuvan Shankar Raja’s music is unmistakably a milestone on his road to the pinnacle that his father Ilayaraja has reached. Instead of raunchy rock and rapturous disco, Yuvan makes Parithiyur reverberate with rhythmic folk songs using Tavil and other traditional musical instruments.
For the urbanites, Ramji’s camera brings the exhilarating aura of nature and the invigorating warmth of the country soil.
It is a gripping tale narrated with a skill and imagination which only directors like Amir are endowed with.