Pirivom Santhippom

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This article is about the film. For the TV serial, see Pirivom Santhippom (serial).
Pirivom Santhippom
Directed by Karu Pazhaniappan
Produced by B. Kumar
Written by Karu Pazhaniappan
Starring Cheran
Kanja Karuppu
M. S. Bhaskar
Music by Vidyasagar
Cinematography M. S. Prabhu
Edited by Saravnan
Release dates
  • January 14, 2008 (2008-01-14)
Running time 152 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget Indian Rupee symbol.svg 5 crore
Box office Indian Rupee symbol.svg 20 crores

Pirivom Santhippom (English: We'll Disunite, We'll Reunite) is a 2008 Tamil film starring Cheran and Sneha in the lead roles and it is about the life of a young couple in a joint family with the Nattukottai Nagarathar Chettiar community located in Karaikudi, TN. This was another grape wine for Sneha as this was completely a heroine centric film. Directed by Karu Pazhaniappan, was released on the eve of Pongal was a Sleeper hit at the box office.Sneha won many awards for her excellent performance in this film.


Unusually, this is not a film dominated by a male protagonist. Instead, it chooses to revolve around the life of Sala (short for Visalatchi) played by Sneha, who when the film begins is about to complete her master's degree. Though she is the only daughter of her parents, she always enjoys the company of people. While attending a relative's marriage, Sala happens to see Natesan played by Cheran who too attends the function along with all his family members, who live together as a big joint family. Both the family meet and arrange the marriage of Sala and Natesan. After getting married into a joint family of assorted uncles, aunts and children, apart from her in-laws Sala feels as if the world is under her heels. There she experiences the love and affection of each and every individual of the family and enjoys each day but Natesan often feels that he is not able to spend time with his wife adequately.

One day Natesan brings a news that he is getting transferred to Attakatti with promotion. Natesan feels happy that he would be able to spend more time with her. But Sala does not want to leave the family and move out. After moving out along with her husband from a house full of relatives into a house with nobody to speak to, the loneliness begins to slowly get to her. Natesan being busy in work and day-to-day activities never notices his wife's abnormality. Sala slowly becomes a psychotic, who repairs her fridge, fan and other equipments in her house and calls electrician played by Kanja Karuppu and talks with him, to overcome her loneliness. She then starts recording the various sounds that reaches her ears, like birds chirping, leaves waving in air, in to a tape recorder. This abnormality turns violent when she tries to record a child's laughter, which causes a stroke to the child and the child turns immobile, which frightens Sala. But the child regains its normal state after treatment. Jayaram who comes as a doctor Ramalingam, finds her abnormality and warns Natesan. But it turns too late that Sala unknowingly consumes too many sleeping pills to overcome her loneliness. Then Ramalingam advices Natesan to take Sala back to their joint family when they discover Sala is pregnant. So does Natesan and they lead a happy life.

The most talked part of the film was the filming of the song "Iru Vizhiyo" which showed most of the rituals and formalities followed in a typical chettinad marriage.


Actor Role
Sneha Visalatchi
Cheran Natesan
Jayaram Doctor
Sriranjini Doctor's wife
Kanja Karuppu Electrician
Pithamagan Mahadevan Saathappan (Visalakshi's father)
Lakshmi Ramakrishnan Vallikannu
Meesai Murugesan Natesan
S. N. Lakshmi Meiyammai
Paruthiveeran Sujatha
T. S. B. K. Moulee Annamalai
T. K. Kala Meenakshi
M. S. Bhaskar Aarumugam
Bava Lakshmanan
Vittal Chidambaram
Sangeetha Deivanai
Devadarshini Sitthaal
Haris Moosa Ramasamy
Shanmugarajan Azhagappan
Baby Seethalakshmi
Bala Singh Muthaiya
Rani Nagammai


The lead role was initially given to Jyothika, who later opted out of the project because of her pregnancy Kamalini Mukherjee was also cast, but she was not able to emote well and as she was alien to Tamil tradition, she was replaced by Sneha.


The film opened to highly positive reviews. This film was a Pongal release and compared to all other big releases, this film won the best and Sneha's acting was appreciated a lot. This did a reasonable business at the box office by completing 100 days. It was a surprise hit.


The film's background score and soundtracks are composed by Vidyasagar. The album gained popularity after the film's release.

No. Song Title Singers Lyricist
1 Kandaen Kandaen Karthik, Swetha Mohan Yugabharathi
2 Soll Soll Balaram Yugabharathi
3 Kandum Kanamal Sadhana Sargam Yugabharathi
4 Medhuva Medhuva Karthik, Harini Kabilan
5 Iru Vizhiyo Saindhavi, Vineeth Srinivasan Jayantha
6 Nenjathilae Shreya Ghoshal, Jayaram Yugabharathi


Sneha won many awards for her excellent performance in this film. They are listed below:

1. Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress
2. ITFA Award
3. Benze Award for Best Actress
4. Vijay Award for Best Actress
5. Ritz Award for Best Actress
6. Meera Tamil Music Award for Best Actress in a Song Sequence
7. 58th Film Fans Association Award for Best Actress 2008
8. Nominated for Film Fare Best Actress Award


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