Friday, March 02, 2007
Nearly 20 years earlier Bharathi Raja presented an unforgettable movie Mann Vaasanai with many new faces. It created many records and projected a typical Tamil Culture to the outer world. Paruthi Veeran by Ameer is also a film along the same lines.
The story of this film is very simple. One can find a person like Paruthi Veeran in every other Tamil Village, but Ameer's treatment of this simple story is just unique.
Karthi as 'Veeran'', a village wastrel and rowdy is always in and out of prison, accompanied by his paternal uncle Saravanan. Priya Mani, the village beauty falls in love with Karthi. But the enmity between Karthi and Priya Mani's families is a big hurdle to their love. Since Karthi's parents had a love marriage, Ponvannan, father of Priya Mani uses this as the strong weapon to check the love affair.
During one of Karthi's regular 'visit' to the prison, Ponvannan compells Priya Mani to marry another groom. Priya who consumes poison to establish her strong love for Karthi is later saved. Priya's love for Karthy is so strong that is impossible for her to be separated from him in any crisis. Karthi realizes her deep love and tries to mend his ways. Casteism however plays a cruel role between the young lovers. However the climax is too shocking to be believed by an usual viewer
Director Ameer's film is noteworthy for its characterizations, song sequences, and maintaining the narrativity till the end.Karthi, has given a mind-blowing performance. He has not acted but delved deep in to the character. For Priyamani, it is her lifetime character. She appears through out the film without make up, atypical of a village girl. And Yuvan Shankar (Illaya) Raaja's soothing melody "Yarathu.... (Rendered by the Maestro Illaya Raaja)" is simply superb! Ramji's excellent camera work brings the typical Tamil village in front of the viewer's eyes.