The story is set in a rural area around Madurai. The village is called Parithiyur where Paruthiveeran lives with his doting uncle -- father's brother, (Saravanan). The name paruthiveeran literally means "the hero of paruthi", derived from the fact that the village where he lives (and the movie is set) is called Paruthi or Paruthiyur. Parithi means sun in Tamil. The village in reality is quite famous for the sun temple in south India.