REVIEW: Pariyerum Perumal- Hard hitting caste drama

There are a few movies which are not only enjoyable but hits you hard and stays with you forever. Call them a cult, call them classics or masterpiece whatever you want and that’s Pariyerum Perumal for you!

A ‘lower caste’ law student becomes friends with his classmate, a girl who belongs to a higher caste, and the men in her family start giving him trouble over this.

Production: Neelam Productions
Cast: Anandhi, Kathir, Yogi Babu
Direction: Maari Selvaraj
Screenplay: Maari Selvaraj
Story: Maari Selvaraj
Music: Santhosh Narayanan
Background score: Santhosh Narayanan
Cinematography: Sridhar
Editing: RK Selva

Pariyerum Perumal is the voice of the director, Maari Selvaraj who beautifully portraits the sad hard-hitting truth about the caste discrimination and inequality that exists in our society.

A few months back, the song Karuppi was released and it was an instant hit. At that time, most of us would have guessed that the dog, Karuppi would die and two days before the release of the movie, the makers had released the song’s video, confirming our guesses. Perhaps, it was intentional.

The movie revolves around Pariyan and his relationships- with his dog Karuppi, with his friends, and with the world.



Pariyan, who aspires to become a lawyer, joins a law college. There, he faces embarrassment, initially, because of his poor English, but it helps him to strike a friendship with his classmate Jothi Mahalakshmi (Anandhi), who begins to help him out with the subject. But Jo’s higher caste family starts troubling Pariyan. What happens next?

With this being the main plot, there are many scenes that talk about caste discrimination. In the opening scene, we see a group of lower caste men and their dogs bathing in a small tank. They see a group of higher caste guys coming. The latter group reaches the place, and we see a guy pissing in the water, shouting that they should put the lower caste guys in their place.

In another, in fact, more shocking incident, Pariyan, who gets invited to ‘higher caste’ wedding by Jothi, gets beaten up by the higher caste men, and the worst part is that a higher caste man will piss on him.

The director also raises important questions like why is a law college in Tirunelveli teaching its students in English?
In a classroom, who decides who can sit in the front row, and who gets to sit in the last?

Also, there will be certain sequences about “Honour killing” and the explanation given by the man who does that will hit you hard.

This movie somehow pushes you into the shoes of Pariyan, and you will cry when he cries, you will laugh when he laughs. Such is the impact of the movie.

To handle a script like this, the director must have special skills and no doubts, Mari who was an associate of director Ram must have earned the skills from him.

To talk about the actors, Kathir once again proves that he is the director’s actor. He keeps improving with every single movie and gives only the best or even better every time. He deserves a standing ovation for taking up roles like this consistently and for performing them with ease.

‘Kayal’ fame Anandhi, though struggles at the beginning, does well as the movie progresses. As usual Yogi Babu gets the loudest cheer with his dialogue delivery and is natural with his lines.

The movie’s strength is its entire crew. Santhosh Narayanan gives another dimension to the movie. The best part is he leaves the folk numbers as it is, unadulterated. It’s raw and hits hard. Mixed with Sridhar’s striking visuals, Selva’s fantastic edits, SaNa has made the movie look intense with his music. Kudos to Pa. Ranjith for producing this masterpiece!

Despite the fact that the movie’s message is always in the background, it doesn’t make us feel boring at all.

This probably is one of the masterpiece movies of this year and delivers an important message, but the irony is that the movie has got only a limited number of screens. Well, that’s the trend nowadays, isn’t?

Yes, the movie lives with you, and what makes it all more depressing and disturbing is that there’s nothing fictional (at least most of it is not) and everything that’s told here happened earlier/ continues to happen in our country.

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