|Story by||A. K. Lohithadas|
|Music by||Sabesh Murali|
|Edited by||K. Thanikachalam|
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Paarai (The Rock) is a 2003 Tamil action drama film directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The music was composed by Sabesh Murali. The film a remake of the Malayalam film Mahayanam and was released on 13 June 2003. The film was a hit at the box office.
Durairaj (Sarath Kumar) is a lorry driver who is tough as a nail. He had a bitter childhood, 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 dotes on his wife Mallika (Meena), mother (Vadivukkarasi), 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 Durai 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 his friend's last wish. There he comes across a local landlord Vijayan (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 hardworking, and at the same time foul-mouthed and a terror. Vasantha's brother, who is in love with Vijayan's daughter, starts the fight between the Vijayan and Durai. Durai 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 Durai and Vijayan, Vijayan destroys the house that Durai built for his friends. Of this anger, he tries to get revenge. How Durai wins over the villagers and fights against injustice against Vijayan and his son forms the rest of the story.
- Sarath Kumar as Durairaj (Durai)
- Jayaram as Jayaram
- Meena as Mallika
- Ramya Krishnan as Vasantha
- Ramesh Khanna as Barber
- Chitti Babu as Sudalai
- Vinu Chakravarthy as Chakravarthi
- Vadivukkarasi as Jayaram's mother
- Vijayan as Vijayan
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Vijayan's son
- Ajay Rathnam as Sub-Inspector
- Sabitha Anand as Durairaj's mother
- Crane Manohar as Seller
- K.S. Ravikumar in a special appearance as supervisor
- Ashok Raja special appearance in the "Aeroplane Parakkudhu"
- Aeroplane Parakkudhu - Udit Narayan
- Naan Oru Kanaa Kanden - Harish Raghavendra, Sujatha Mohan
- 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. .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.