On the September 28 weekend, when all eyes were on Mani Ratnam’s multi-starrer Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, a low-budget Tamil drama about caste quietly made its way into theatres and compelled audiences to sit up and take notice.
Directed by debutant Mari Selvaraj and produced by Pa Ranjith, Pariyerum Perumal (The God On A Horse) centres on Perumal (Kathir), a young low-caste man who faces severe discrimination at his law college in Tirunelveli, especially when he befriends his upper-caste classmate Jyothi Mahalakshmi (Anandhi). The film also stars Yogi Babu and G Marimuthu.
Selvaraj, an aspiring lawyer-turned-filmmaker, drew from his experiences in Tirunelveli while writing Pariyerum Perumal. “The characters, including that of Perumal, have been constructed combining many such people that I’ve met and observed,” he said. “I drew a basic sketch of the story and let these characters then interact and live with each other.”
Pariyerum Perumal turned out to be a dream debut for Selvaraj. He had full creative freedom over the project, including the casting. He always wanted Kathir to play Perumal. “I wanted faces that reflected a kind of simplicity and innocence, and Kathir and Anandhi fit that description perfectly,” Selvaraj said. “Once these characters were fixed, we conducted workshops for them, especially Kathir. The rest were chosen through auditions.”
The film became a critical darling where it was celebrated by the audience in theatres as well. Considered as one of the most successful film of the year, the film’s satellite rights now belonged by Vijay Television.
In a note of announcing it Vijay tv, posted a tweet with joy. In their post they said ”
— Vijay Television (@vijaytelevision) December 13, 2018
As soon as the tweet surfaced social media users trolled Vijay TV as usual for screening their movies repeatedly. Few of them reacted in a positive way as the movie with social message would reach the most number of audience now.
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Adutha aadu sikiruchu😂
— NGK😎 (@itz_me_karthi) December 13, 2018
KARUPPI oru thadava dhaan sethuchu…
neenga unga channel la varusathukku 10 vaatti pottu paakkuravana fullaah saavadippingaleyyyaaaa😂😂😂
— SRK (@SoulofSiTha) December 13, 2018
Nalla padam da..adha pottu pottu verukka vachudadhinga da
— Ragha G vendran (@Raghaven_Offl) December 13, 2018
— Rasal Padmanaban (@rasalp1) December 13, 2018
இனிமேதான் கதற கதற… அடி வாங்க போகிறான்…#பரியன் …
— செங்கைத்தமிழன்💪 (@ali_shasheik) December 13, 2018
Sema.. Hope it will reach to all homes… surely dey plays once in a month…
— THALAPATHIan (@karuppu98) December 13, 2018
Perumal eh tension aaiduvaru 😁 pic.twitter.com/owB4EgUMvc
— Venkatraj (@VjyVenkat) December 13, 2018
பெரும் மகிழ்ச்சி 😊
இனி அடிக்கடி போட்டுக்கிட்டே இருப்பிங்க, பார்க்கவே மாட்டோம் என்று பார்க்காமலேயே வெறுத்தார்கள் மற்றும் திரையில் பார்க்க இயலாத இல்லத்தரசிகள் அனைவரும் எப்படியேனும் படத்தை பார்க்கும் சூழல் அமைந்துவிடும்.
வீட்டுக்கு வீடு பரியனின் வலி பரவும், பேச்சு புரிதல் தொடங்கும்
— Vetrivel (@Vetrivel1598) December 13, 2018
Palaya patient raja raniya relase pannu 😋😋
— mohamed jackria (@TaufiqJack) December 13, 2018
Sethan da sekaru 😀😁😂
— Bharathi (@bharathi_su) December 13, 2018
Nalla vela Itha potu potu Kamipanga ivanunga…
nalla padam nalla reach aagum.. innum…👍
— ✌543✌ (@Dhanush_543) December 13, 2018
போச்சா வாரத்துக்கு 3 வாட்டி போடுவானே…😂
— Rabeen S💙 (@RabeenS) December 13, 2018
It’s already with #Tamilrockers 😉😉
— VJ (@iam_vivekj) December 13, 2018
😳Apa Bahubali 2 innemay poda matingala😥😭😭
— Raju P (@Rajesh_DiCaprio) December 13, 2018
Now that the debut is done, Selvaraj intends to resume work on Pandiya Rajakkal, but is reluctant to reveal more. “Let Pariyerum Perumal be in the spotlight for a bit,” he said.
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