|Written by||A. K. Lohithadas|
|Music by||Sabesh Murali|
Paarai (English: Rock) is a 2003 Tamil language motion picture directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The music was composed by Sabesh Murali. The film a remake of Malayalam film Mahayanam was released in 13 June 2003.
Durairaj (Sarath Kumar) is a lorry driver who is tough as a nail. He had a bitter childhood and has no relatives or friends and his only solace is Jayaram (Jayaram), his cleaner who is just the opposite of him. Jayaram is a happy-go-lucky guy who dots on his mother (Vadivukarasi), wife Mallika (Meena) and daughter and dreams of making enough money to build a small house for his family. Durai and Jayaram share a special bond, as they understand each other well.
On his way to see his family Jayaram dies in an accident and Dorai goes to his village with the body. There he finds that Jayaram’s family needs his help and out of sympathy he decides to settle there and build a small house according to the last wish of his friend. There he comes across a local landlord (Vijayan) who cheats the illiterate villagers by giving them loans and later taking over their property. Then there is a tea shop owner Vasantha (Ramya Krishnan) on whom the entire men folk lust. But she is hard working, and at the same time foul mouthed and is a terror Vasantha's brother who is in love with the landlord's daughter start the fight between the landlord and Durairaj. Dorairaj works hard to make a house for Mallika and when the villagers suspect his good intentions, he proves to them that he has a sisterly affection towards her, as he has a soft corner for Vasantha. As the fight goes on for Durairaj and landlord, the landlord destroys the house that Durairaj built for his friends. Of this anger he tries to get revenge. How Dorai wins over the villagers and fight against injustice against the landlord and his son forms the rest of the story.
- Sarath Kumar as Durairaj
- Jayaram as Jayaram
- Meena as Mallika
- Ramya Krishnan as Vasantha
- Vadivukarasi as Durairaj's Mother
Soundtrack is composed by Sabesh Murali, with lyrics by Vairamuthu.
- Aeroplane Parakkudhu - Udit Narayan
- Naan Oru Kanaa Kanden - Harish Raghavendra, sujatha
- Kannukkul Tick tick - Karthik Raja, Shalini
- Nanbane Nanbane - Mano
- Vinayaga Vinayaga - Anuradha Sriram
- En Thaai - Krishnaraj
Sarath Kumar as the morose lorry driver who hardly opens his mouth dominates the film with a powerhouse performance. Jayaram in a short role is lovable and is first class as the cleaner and he entertains the audience with his one-liners. But it is Meena who is loving, caring person in the whole film. Film also has Ramyakrishna as Vasantha who adds vim, vigour and sparkle to the film, the film also has Meena as a loving, caring person in the whole film. Even the comedy track of Ramesh Kanna and company raises a few laughs. On the downside the film is too long and the music of Sabesh Murali is rehashed from brother Deva’s old tunes. On the whole Paarai is a well-made commercial film that went well with the masses.