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Paruthiveeran
Directed by Ameer Sultan
Produced by K. E. Gnanavelraja
Written by Ameer Sultan
Starring Karthik Sivakumar
Priyamani
Saravanan
Ponvannan
Kanja Karuppu
Music by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography Ramji
Editing by Raja Mohammed
Studio Studio Green
Release date(s) 23 February 2007
Running time 162 min
Country  India
Language Tamil
Budget $1 million
Gross revenue $14 million

Paruthiveeran is a 2007 award-winning Indian blockbuster Tamil feature film written and directed by Ameer Sultan. The film marks the acting debut of actor Sivakumar's younger son and actor Surya's younger brother Karthi Sivakumar, playing the lead title role, whilst Priyamani essayed the lead female role and Ponvannan, Saravanan and Kanja Karuppu supporting roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film's soundtrack and score which released on 11 November 2006. The film, which documents the legacy of the Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 in Tamilnadu,[1] was released on 23 February 2007, receiving universal critical acclaim and eventually becoming a blockbuster, running successfully for more than one year in theatres.[2]

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Plot

The story is set in a rural area around Madurai. The village is called Parithiyur where Paruthiveeran lives with his doting uncle—father's brother, (Saravanan). The name paruthiveeran literally means "the hero of paruthi", derived from the fact that the village where he lives (and the movie is set) is called Paruthi or Paruthiyur. Paruthi means cotton in Tamil. The village in reality is quite famous for the sun temple in south India.

He probably is referred to as the hero of Paruthi village as he heroically saves the life of the young Muthazhagu. 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. Finally they decide to elope together. They are found by her Father and they eventually die at the end of the movie.

The Director visualizes the inter-caste problems aroused by the villagers and especially Muthazagu's Father wants to make sure that his daughter should not marry Paruthiveeran, because he is from a low-caste. He even decides to kill his daughter and Paruthiveeran for this but then by another twist in the circumstances, his love, Muthazagu, gets gang-raped and killed by some truck drivers, and Paruthiveeran gets killed by her Father's men. The director has shown the reason why Criminal Tribes Act of 1871 came into constitution and how these communal problem still affects remote villages in India.

Cast

  • Karthi Sivakumar as Paruthiveeran. Karthi Sivakumar plays a role of country brash. He is often arrested for petty crimes. His one ambition in life is to gain enough notoriety to be a TV news item and to be thrown into Madras Jail. He often bullies Paruthiyur villagers for money, women and fun. He also likes Muththazhagu, his cousin but ignores her advances to protect her from the constant threat to her life.
  • Priyamani as Muththazhagu. Priyamani plays Paruthiveeran's cousin. He, as a kid, saves her from drowning in a well. And she promises to marry him and be in his side forever. So she starts loving him obsessively against her parents' will. In order to delay her marriage with anybody else, she fails herself in school to be in the same grade/class.
  • Ponvannan as Kazhuva Thevan. Ponvannan plays Paruthiveeran's uncle and a prominent person in village's council. He plays the role of a caste fanatic.
  • Saravanan as Chevvaazhai. Saravanan plays Paruthiveeran's doting uncle role. Chevvaazhai pampers him and accompanies in every misbehavior to keep him happy.

Crew

  • Story, Screenplay & Direction: Ameer Sultan
  • Production: K. E. Gnanavelraja
  • Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja
  • Cinematography: Ramji
  • Editing: Raja Mohammad
  • Art direction: Jackson
  • Choreography: Dinesh
  • Stunts: Rajasekhar
  • Asst director: Sasikumar, Mohan, Chandra, Mahandran, Gopal, Sam
  • Stills: CH. Balu
  • Lyrics: Snehan
  • Banner: Studio Green

Soundtrack

Paruthiveeran
Soundtrack by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released 11 November 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Soundtrack
Length 27:56
Label Star Music
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Thimiru
(2006)
Paruthiveeran
(2006)
Madana
(2006)

Music was scored by noted composer Yuvan Shankar Raja, teaming up with his friend Ameer Sultan for the third time after giving successful albums as Mounam Pesiyadhe (2002) and Raam (2005). The soundtrack was released on 11 November 2006 at Green Park Hotel in Chennai.[3] It features 6 songs, out of which, one had been sung Yuvan Shankar Raja's father 'Maestro' Ilaiyaraaja and another one by director Ameer himself, whilst lyrics were written by Snehan. It is, notably, the first time, that Yuvan Shankar had scored music for a completely village-based film,[4] using only rural music and sound with instruments as dholak,[5] nadaswaram[6] and urumee.[6][7] A couple of traditional, village-based singers contributed to the album by lending their voice to a few songs.

Yuvan Shankar Raja won much accolades as the music was critically acclaimed, hailed as excellent and a highlight of the film,[8][9] though initially the album got mostly negative reviews, being described as a letdown and disappointment,[7][10] raising to question, whether it could attract today's "modern" audience.[6] Yuvan Shankar Raja, however, proved otherwise, when the film became a runaway hit and people, surprisingly especially the youth, got very attracted to the songs.[11][12] The song "Oororam Puliyamaram" in particular was the chartbuster number,[12] being also chosen as the "Best Folk Song of the Year 2007" at the Isaiyaruvi Tamil Music Awards,[13] whilst the entire album itself was named as "Isaiyaruvi Best Album of the Year 2007".[13]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration (min:sec) Notes
1 "Ariyadha Vayasu" Ilaiyaraaja 3:49
2 "Iayyayo" Krishnaraj, Manicka Vinayagam, Shreya Ghoshal, Yuvan Shankar Raja 4:35
3 "Nathaswaram" Instrumental 3:24 Performed by S. R. Shanmuga Sundaram Group
4 "Sari Gama Pathani" Madhumitha, 'Madurai' S. Saroja, Ameer Sultan 2:16
5 "Tanka Dunga" Kala, Lakshmi, Pandi, Raja, 'Madurai' S. Saroja 7:31
6 "Oororam Puliamaram" Kala, Lakshmi, Pandi, 'Madurai' S. Saroja 6:27

Reception

The movie was well received by film critics and masses alike[citation needed]. Priyamani received an award for best actress in Osian film festival.

Best Actress award for her intense and vivid portrayal of a character driven by obsessive love and for her performance in a broad range of acting prowess[14].

. The movie was also judged the best film

For its strong narrative that allows reality to be played out cinematically, rendered with visual energy to connect with a wider audience[14].

Box Office

  • The film emerged as one of the biggest blockbuster of 2007 grossing $14 million at the box office.[15]
  • The film has completed a 368 day run in February 2008.[16]

Awards

The film and many of its cast and crew have been awarded or nominated by many associations in India and worldwide for the film. Paruthiveeran was honoured with the "Special Mention" award from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. [17]

2008 Berlin International Film Festival (Germany)

2007 National Film Awards (India)

2007 Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema[14]

  • Won - Best Film Award - Paruthiveeran
  • Won - Best Actress Award - Priyamani

2006 Tamil Nadu State Film Awards

2007 Filmfare Awards South (India)

Controversy

There was a controversy surrounding the ownership of the movie. Ameer has complained that the original producer Gnanavel who incurred losses in his previous film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, couldn't finance the movie till it's completion, so he supposedly gave up the movie to Ameer. But towards the completion of the movie, Ameer ran out of funds and the movie went back to Gnanavel.[18]. Since the release of the movie, both parties have been accusing each other for failing to make a payment which each owe from the other [19][20][21].

References

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  2. ^ "‘Paruthi Veeran’ 365 not out!". indiaglitz.com. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/36564.html. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  3. ^ "Vijay releases audio of 'Paruthiveeran' – with pics". cinesouth.com. http://www.cinesouth.com/masala/hotnews/new/14112006-4.shtml. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  4. ^ "Ameer takes over Karthi's debut – Suriya teams up with Ameer ‘Paruthi Veeran’". chennai365.com. http://chennai365.com/general/ameer-takes-over-karthi’s-debut-suriya-teams-up-with-ameer-paruthi-veeran/. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  5. ^ "Paruthi Veeran - Vintage village". indiaglitz.com. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/musicreview/7575.html. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  6. ^ a b c "Paruthi veeran – Music Review". nilacharal.com. http://www.nilacharal.com/enter/review/music_review_295.asp. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  7. ^ a b "Paruthiveeran (Tamil - Yuvan Shankar Raja)". milliblog.com. http://itwofs.com/milliblog/2006/11/14/paruthiveeran-tamil-yuvan-shankar-raja/. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  8. ^ "'Paruthiveeran' -Eminently Watchable". apunkachoice.com. http://www.apunkachoice.com/dyn/movies/tamil/paruthiveeran/paruthiveeran-review.html. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  9. ^ "Review - Paruthiveeran". kollywoodtoday.com. http://www.kollywoodtoday.com/reviews/review-paruthiveeran/. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  10. ^ "Yuvan Shankar Raja disappoints". Rediff. http://www.rediff.com/movies/2006/nov/23par.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  11. ^ "Yuvan all the way". indiaglitz.com. http://www.indiaglitz.com/channels/tamil/article/29967.html. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  12. ^ a b "Top 10 Albums of 2007 which revived Tamil Cinema Music". tamilterminal.info. http://www.tamilterminal.info/forum/showthread.php?t=8277. Retrieved 2009-07-21. 
  13. ^ a b "Isayaruvi Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards 2008". mirchigossips.com. http://www.mirchigossips.com/music/isayaruvi-music-awards-2008/. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  14. ^ a b c "9th Osian Cinefan ,Festival of Asian & Arab Cinema". http://220.226.203.134/cinefan/cawards.php?sfid=64. 
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  16. ^ "Paruthiveeran’s 300-day prophecy comes true". http://in.movies.yahoo.com/news-detail/15398/Paruthiveeran-s-300-day-prophecy-comes-true.html. 
  17. ^ "Paruthiveeran honoured at Berlin festival". http://www.rediff.com/movies/2008/feb/18berlin.htm. 
  18. ^ "Surya and Karthi dragged to the court". http://in.movies.yahoo.com/news-detail/6077/Surya-Karthi-dragged-court.html. 
  19. ^ "Fresh complaints against Ameer". http://in.movies.yahoo.com/news-detail/5232/Fresh-complaints-Ameer.html. 
  20. ^ "Will go to court - producer snarls at Ameer". http://in.movies.yahoo.com/news-detail/5199/Will-court-producer-snarls-at-Ameer.html. 
  21. ^ "Ameer files case against Surya, Karthi". http://in.movies.yahoo.com/news-detail/6036/Ameer-files-case-Surya-Karthi.html. 

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