|Directed by||Seenu Ramasamy|
|Produced by||Shibu Issac|
|Written by||Seenu Ramasamy|
|Music by||N. R. Raghunanthan|
|Edited by||Mu. Kasivishwanathan|
|Jotham Media Works|
Thenmerku Paruvakatru (English: Southwest Monsoon) is a 2010 Tamil drama film written and directed by Seenu Ramasamy and produced by Shibu Issac. It stars Saranya Ponvannan, in her 100th film, Vijay Sethupathi and Vasundhra Chiyertra in the lead roles. It released on 24 December 2010.
The film received mixed reviews, but was eventually featured at the 58th National Film Awards ceremony, where it was named the Best Feature Film in Tamil while Saranya Ponvannan and lyricist Vairamuthu were awarded the Best Actress and Best Lyricist prizes, respectively.
Set on the backdrop of Theni, the story is about Murugan (Vijay Sethupathi) who is a goat shepherd and he has a loving mother Veerayi (Saranya Ponvannan). She is a widow and struggles hard to raise Murugan and has an overflowing affection for him. Meanwhile, there is a gang which attacks the villagers at night and steal their goats. Murugan along with his group manages to catch one of the members in an attack and discover that it is a girl. Her name is Pechi (Vasundhra Chiyertra) and her family steals goat for livelihood. While Murugan develops feelings for her, Pechi's family is known to be quite dangerous. Veerayi comes to know this and asked her son(Murugan) to marry a girl of her choice. He refuses to accept her wish. Complication arise between them. An old lady of her house tells Veerayi to let her son to marry the girl he loves. A possessive widow tells how her husband was killed to that old lady. Her husband was killed by a group of thieves.The head of the gang is none other than the Father of the girl whom her son loves.
- Saranya Ponvannan as Veerayi
- Vijay Sethupathi as Murugan
- Vasundhra Chiyertra as Pechi
- Arul Das as Mokkaiyan
- Hemalatha as Kalaichelvi
- Theepatti Ganesan
- "Kadhal" Sukumar
- "Stills" Kumar as Marichami
- Kambam Guna
- Ajayan Bala
The Hindu wrote, "Thenmerku Paruvakkaatru with its mother sentiment makes a mark among films with rural themes". Sify called the film "OK" and wrote, "It is made like a 70’s tear jerker with the central character being the all sacrificing mother". The New Indian Express wrote, "A film that has worked out well in all departments, Thenmerku Paruvakaatru is worth a watch. Behindwoods gave 1 out of 5 stars and wrote, "While the opening scene makes one sit up and take notice, the movie pales into insignificance soon after with nothing much to hold the viewer’s interest. Essentially, Thenmerkku Paruvakatru is a regular village drama and can easily be written down as one of those small timers aspiring to make a fast buck or two".
- Won - Silver Lotus Award - Best Actress - Saranya Ponvannan
- Won - Silver Lotus Award - Best Lyricist - Vairamuthu - "Kallikattil pirantha Thayae..."
- Won - National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Tamil - Seenu Ramasamy
- Best Supporting Actress - Saranya Ponvannan
- Best Lyricist - Vairamuthu-"Kallikattil pirantha Thayae..."
|"Chinna Chinnangattula"||Shankar Mahadevan|
|"Kalli Kallichetti"||Swetha Mohan|
|"Kalli Kaattil"||Vijay Prakash|
|"Kalli Kaattil 2"||Unni Menon|
|"Yedi Kallachi"||Vijay Prakash, Shreya Ghoshal|
- "Tamil, Malayalam movies sweep top national awards News". Inewsone.com. Retrieved 2012-08-05.[dead link]
- Press release