|Directed by||Ranjit Jeyakodi|
|Written by||Ranjit Jeyakodi|
|Music by||Sam C. S.|
|Edited by||Bavan Sreekumar|
|Distributed by||JSK Film Corporation|
|1 September 2017|
Puriyatha Puthir (English: Mystifying Puzzle) is a 2017 Indian Tamil-language psychological thriller film directed by Ranjit Jeyakodi and produced under Rebel Studio Productions. Vijay Sethupathi and Gayathrie feature in the leading roles, while the film's music is composed by Sam C. S. and cinematography is handled by Dinesh Krishnan. The film which began production in 2013, but went through production delays and was only released on 1 September 2017.
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A woman stands in the terrace calling someone from her mobile and telling sorry and then commits suicide by jumping.
Few months later, three men; Kathir, who is an aspiring music director and his friends, Vinod and DJ are in a pub. Vinod and DJ are so desperate about hot videos of women, while Kathir preaches them not to do so, which falls on deaf ears. On the way to his music shop, Kathir finds a girl writing a name "Meera" in the drenched window of a bus and both of them smile at each other, while the girl gets shy about him. Few days later, Kathir is fascinated by a tune heard from the piano in his shop. He finds that it was played by the girl Meera whom he saw in the bus. Meera orders for a red violin, which she wants to be delivered to her home. Kathir himself delivers it to her home and both of them become friends. They both then come closer and take their relationship to a further level becoming lovers. One day after a party, Kathir drops Meera off at her home. Meera feels someone is tailing her when she is returning to her apartment flat, but could not find anyone. Kathir persuades her to be bold and close all the doors and be safe.
Vinod is sacked from his job when illicit photographs of him with the wife of his boss goes viral in Facebook. Due to the humiliation faced in the office, Vinod hangs himself to death. Kathir blames DJ for encouraging Vinod and provoking his suicide for which DJ reacts indifferently.
One day, Kathir gets a compromising photograph of Meera in his mobile cell phone for which he gets shocked. He subsequently gets videos of Meera, while she changes her dress in a shop's trial room. Kathir rushes to the shop where she is shopping and he indulges in a fight with the employees there. Meera gets irritated by his behavior and she demands an explanation for his acts. Kathir tells her about the video and Meera gets upset. In spite of Kathir's effort to console her, she attempts to commits suicide. Kathir admits her to the hospital and saves her on time. Kathir tries to lodge a complaint about the videos in a police station, but the desperation of the police officers to watch the video makes him back off.
Kathir returns home at night and Meera demands why he is not on time. After subsequent demands, Kathir yells at her for taking too much advantage of their relationship. Meera angrily leaves to her own home. Meera is confronted by an anonymous person and kidnapped. Kathir rushes to Meera's flat and finds Meera's neighbour ties her up. He rescues her and handovers the kidnapper to the police. Kathir feels happy that the problem has come to an end and he spends a night with her. Next day, Kathir once again gets a video of his intimate time with Meera. Kathir checks the entire room for a camera, but could find nothing, but finds a diary in the wardrobe.
Meera and Mithula were thick friends from their time at college some years ago. During a music competition in the college, Meera sees Kathir, who along with DJ and Vinod ironically study in the same college as Meera and Mithula and she gets attracted to him. and who was a performer in the music competition. Meera is desperate to talk with him, but he shows partial response. Mithula opes Meera and pokes fun at her romance. She imitates Meera on how she will react when Kathir proposes her while she was on her way to the bathroom, in a bathing attire. Meera unintentionally takes video of her imitation as a fun joke. Kathir, DJ, and Vinod find Meera's mobile cell phone lying on the table and they steal the video from Meera's mobile cell phone. Meera sees Kathir placing the mobile back to her place, but thinks Kathir wants her phone number. She happily waits for him to call. The video goes viral to the entire college and the next day, Mithula is sacked by her college. Mithula's father misunderstands that she is having affairs with numerous men not even sparing girls. He gets disgusted and disowns her without hearing her explanation. Meera feels guilty for shooting the video and she consoles Mithula to ignore it, but Mithula jumps from the building and dies.
Back now, Kathir rushes to explain Meera but Meera stands in the terrace ready to jump. It is revealed that Meera is the person who shot the photos and videos of Vinod and DJ and is the reason for their death and arrest respectively. She is the one who sent the videos of her dress change in the trial room at the clothing store and the naked bathing video. Kathir begs her not to take a hasty decision. Kathir explains that he has nothing to do with that action, but Meera blames him that Kathir reacted only when his loved ones faced a problem, but remained quiet when a third person got affected. She tells him that staying dumb when a crime is happening is equivalent to committing the crime. Kathir failed to stop his friends when DJ and Vinod violated the privacy of Mithula. Kathir begs for an apology, while confessing his own love and feelings to Meera. Meera tells him that she loves him a lot, but both of them have become a reason for Mithula's death and she cannot live with the guilt. She jumps off the building in spite of Kathir's attempt to save her.
- Vijay Sethupathi as Kathir
- Gayathrie as Meera
- Mahima Nambiar as Mithula
- Arjunan as DJ
- Ramesh Thilak
- Sonia Deepti
- Vanitha Hariharan
Vijay Sethupathi announced that he signed the film in September 2013 in an interview to The Hindu, under the direction of first time film maker Ranjith Jeyakodi. Since Sethupathi had prior commitments, the film was supposed to take off only a year later. However, as Sanguthevan, a project of Sethupathi was getting delayed, the team chose to begin principal photography immediately, with the director telling that they had no time for pre-production but started filming since he had a cinematographer and a music director ready. Gayathrie was swiftly signed on to play a violin teacher in the film, and to practice for her character she began to learn the instrument part-time. The film was launched on 17 December 2013. After the first schedule which lasted for 26 days, 50 percent of the film had reportedly been completed. Filming was held across Chennai including at Fortis Healthcare, Vadapalani by mid-February. In June 2014, the director informed that "about 10 -12 days of shooting" was remaining. In October 2014, Telugu actress Sonia Deepti also stated that she had a short role in the film.
Following a period of delay, the film was sold to JSK Film Corporation in October 2016 and renamed from Mellisai to Puriyatha Puthir. Regarding the title change, Gayathrie said, "Mellisai, even though we said it was a mystery thriller, the title may not have given the same impact. But [Puriyatha Puthir] does it". The team prepared to launch the film in January 2017 but had to withdraw after financiers contested against debts taken up by Deepan Boopathy for another film, Aakko.
|Soundtrack album by Sam C. S.|
|Recorded||14 October 2015|
|Sam C. S. chronology|
The film's music soundtrack was composed by Sam C. S., while the audio rights of the film was acquired by Think Music. The original album, titled Mellisai, was released on 14 October 2015 and featured four songs.
|1.||"Vellai Kanavu"||Ranjit Jeyakodi||Hariharan, Harini||4:46|
|2.||"Lola (I)"||Madhan Karky||Maria Kavitha Thomas||4:17|
|3.||"Lola (II)"||Madhan Karky||Andrea Jeremiah||4:09|
|4.||"Parakkiren Naan"||Madhan Karky||Srinivas, Maria Kavitha Thomas||5:00|
|5.||"Mazhaikkulle"||Sam C. S.||Haricharan, Shreya Ghoshal||5:10|
|6.||"Take Me Higher"||Madhan Karky, Ranjit Jeyakodi||Suchith Suresan, JK, Maria Kavitha Thomas||5:01|
|7.||"Mellisai (Theme)"||Vishnupriya Ravi||Chennai Orchestra||3:17|
Puriyatha Puthir opened following several delays on 1 September 2017. A critic from The Hindu noted that "the film begins in a rather unimpressive manner and is out of place in today’s world", while a reviewer from Sify.com wrote "nothing really works in this contrived film mainly due to the unconvincing writing and a heroine who is unimpressive". A reviewer from Behindwoods.com wrote the film "falls short of an engaging puzzle", adding "Ranjit Jeyakodi’s intention to present an intriguing thriller is nice, but the way of conceiving the idea and delivering it on screen could have been more confined and focussed". Likewise,the critic from The Times of India wrote "given that Lens (2017) told us the same thing fairly recently (even though this film was shot a while ago), this ‘message’ doesn’t impact us as much as it should". In contrast, The New Indian Express wrote "Vijay Sethupathi shines in this decent thriller" but adds "Puriyatha Puthir could have been so much more and that is disappointing".
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- "Why was the movie title changed? - My Thirai". www.mythirai.com. Retrieved 2017-09-04.