Pariyerum Perumal

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Pariyerum Perumal
Pariyerum Perumal.jpg
Directed byMari Selvaraj
Produced byPa. Ranjith
Written byMari Selvaraj
Story byMari Selvaraj
Yogi Babu
Music bySanthosh Narayanan
Edited bySelva RK
Distributed byLyca Productions
Release date
  • 28 September 2018 (2018-09-28)
Running time
154 minutes

Pariyerum Perumal (transl. Horse mounting deity) is a 2018 Indian Tamil language drama film produced by Pa. Ranjith under his production banner Neelam Productions and directed by his assistant Mari Selvaraj, making his directorial debut. The film stars Kathir and Anandhi in the leading roles with Yogi Babu in a supporting role. The film features music composed by Santhosh Narayanan.[1] with cinematography handled by Sridhar, and edited by Selva R. K. It was released on 28 September 2018, to critical acclaim and received many awards.


Pariyerum Perumal narrates the story of a youth hailing from Puliyankulam village near Tirunelveli. Pariyerum Perumal alias Pariyan (Kathir) belongs to an oppressed caste. The movie begins with the brutal murder of his beloved black dog 'Karuppi’ (Lit. Blackie in Tamil). The canine hunting companion of Pariyan is the first one we see becoming a victim of caste hegemony.

Pariyan moves on to secure a seat in a law college, where he wishes to become a lawyer like B. R. Ambedkar. He meets Jothi Mahalakshmi alias Jo (Anandhi), a naive girl from Ambasamudram who takes it upon herself to teach English to Pariyan. She eventually falls for his innocence and honesty. This newfound friendship irks Sankaralingam (Lingesh), a fellow law student and Jo's cousin. He awaits a chance to teach a lesson to Pariyan and establish his caste superiority. He does so while the blissfully unaware Jo invites Pariyan to a family wedding.

Pariyan is almost beaten to death by Sankaralingam and his fellows, and they also urinate on him. It was stopped, and Pariyan was warned by Jo's father (G. Marimuthu), who asked Pariyan to stay out of Jo's life. Jo, unaware of all this, yells at Pariyan the next day for not attending her sister's marriage as she had invited only him in the whole college. Pariyan's answers made Jo cry and have a fight with him.

Pariyan, who becomes upset the next day, drinks alcohol and attends the class, which leads him to the principal's room. He is asked to bring his father (Vannarpettai Thangaraj), so he bribes a person (Shanmugarajan) to be his father, and the man does the job successfully. Another day, Pariyan's teacher tries to solve out the problem between Pariyan and Jo, but Pariyan points out that Jo gave an invitation only to him making clear that he treats her only as his friend, which infuriates her. The very same day as he sits in Sankaralingam's bench, the latter gets infuriated, pushes Pariyan into the ladies' toilet, and locks the door, which once again leads Pariyan to the principal's room. Pariyan is again asked to bring his father. This time, he brings his real father, who is a folk dancer who dances in drag.

The principal understands Pariyan's innocence and asks him to be bold and continue to fight like this. As Pariyan comes out of the principal's room, he finds his father brutally ragged by Sankaralingam and his fellow mates, and they pull Pariyan's father's vesti. Pariyan's father runs out of college half-naked, followed by Sankaralingam and his group, and Pariyan runs at their back. Later, Pariyan admits his father in the hospital and decides to take revenge, but his mother asks him not to do so. He is informed that Jo is waiting in the hospital for him. An emotional Jo makes Pariyan realize how important he is for her, and though she loves him, she asks him to be the same old Pariyan, who was very friendly with her. Pariyan makes a promise to be like that. Meanwhile, Jo's father realizes that Jo is mad at Pariyan, and he hires an old man who kills lower-caste people without any evidence. That old man is well known to Pariyan.

The old man asks for a lift in Pariyan's cycle and later pushes him down. The old man then puts Pariyan on a railway track to kill him in the same way that Karuppi was killed, but Pariyan wakes up and escapes, which leads to a heavy fight between the old man and Pariyan. Pariyan realizes that he was sent by Jo's father and Sankaralingam. He beats Sankaralingam and others brutally. He then says to Jo's father that the life he is living is a gift given by Pariyan, because if Jo comes to know the activities of her father, she will not spare him. He asks him to leave him and goes. The old man, who realizes that he has failed in his attempt to kill his mark for the first time, commits suicide on the railway track.

At the end of the movie, Jo brings her father to meet Pariyan, and as she goes to buy tea for them, Jo's father asks for an apology for his mistake. He speaks to Pariyan well and then say, "We can see. We do not know what will happen in the future," to which Pariyan replies, "As long as you remain the same and expect me to remain a dog, nothing will change".



After setting up Neelam Productions in October 2016, Pa. Ranjith announced in December 2016 that his first production would be Pariyerum Perumal directed by Ram's former assistant, Mari Selvaraj.[2] Set in Tirunelveli, actors Kathir and Anandhi were selected to play the leading roles and Ranjith's regular collaborator Santhosh Narayanan joined the team as the music composer.[3][4][5][6]


The soundtrack was composed by Santhosh Narayanan. One song, "Karuppi En Karuppi", was released on 4 March 2018 as a single.[7] Another song "Vaa Rayil Vida Polaamaa" was sung by Super Singer Junior 5 title winner Prithika.

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Track list[edit]

1."Karuppi"Vivek & Mari SelvarajSanthosh Narayanan4:18
2."Vanakkam Vanakkamunga"Perumal VaathiyarPuliyankulam Velmayil, Puliyankulam Kannan3:07
3."Pottakattil Poovaasam"VivekYogisekar, Fareedha6:39
4."Engum Pugazh Thuvanga"Chinnasamidaasan, Mari SelvarajAnthony Daasan, Mariappan4:29
5."Vaa Rayil Vida Polaama"VivekPrithika3:44
6."Naan Yaar"Mari SelvarajSanthosh Narayanan, Vijaaynarain, Ananthu5:18
Total length:26:55

Critical reception[edit]

Srinivasa Ramanujam of The Hindu wrote "An outstanding anti-caste statement that deserves to be seen by all".[8] M Suganth of The Times of India gave the film 4 out of 5 stars while appreciating the director Mari Selvaraj for presenting a "Tense drama with the message in the foreground, without sacrificing the narrative".[9] Deccan Chronicle said it's a movie you "don't miss at any cost", the review by Anupama Subramanian lauded the performance of Kathir as Pariyan, while heaping praise on the director Mari Selvaraj and his technical team.[10]

Box office[edit]

The movie became a surprise hit at the box office.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
16 December 2018 Behindwoods Gold Medal Best Director Mari Selvaraj Won [12]
Best Actor Kathir Won
Best Producer Pa. Ranjith Won
20 December 2018 16th Chennai International Film Festival Best Tamil Feature Mari Selvaraj Won [13]
5 January 2019 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Director Mari Selvaraj Won [14]
Best Comedian — Male Yogi Babu Won
Best Music Director Santhosh Narayanan Won
Best Story Mari Selvaraj Won
25–28 April 2019 Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Film Pa. Ranjith Won [15]
Best Director Mari Selvaraj Nominated
Best Production Pa. Ranjith Nominated
Best Music Director Santhosh Narayanan Won
17 February 2019 Edison Awards Best Film Pa. Ranjith Won [16]
15 April 2019 Toulouse Indian Film Festival Film Critics Circle of India Award for Best Debut Film Mari Selvaraj Won [17]
16 August 2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Film Pa. Ranjith Won [18]
Special Jury for Outstanding Performance Kathir Won
Best Lyricist Viveka Nominated
Best Music Director Santhosh Narayanan Nominated
Best Debut Director Mari Selvaraj Nominated
21 December 2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Film Pa. Ranjith Won [19]
Best Director Mari Selvaraj Nominated
Best Lyricist Viveka Nominated
Best Music Director Santhosh Narayanan Nominated


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  7. ^ "A lament for the innocent: Single from Pa Ranjith's production 'Pariyerum Perumal' out". The News Minute. 5 March 2018. Retrieved 25 September 2018.
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  14. ^ "ஆனந்த விகடன் சினிமா விருதுகள் 2018 - திறமைக்கு மரியாதை".
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  16. ^ "Edison Awards 2019 Winners List: Dhanush, Nayanthara & Others!".
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  18. ^ "SIIMA 2019 winners full list: Dhanush, Trisha, Prithviraj win big".
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