Pariyerum Perumal is Pa Ranjith's first project as a producer. He is the same guy who had directed Rajinikanth's last release Kaala. The film's initial posters had a dog in it and that was enough to get people heavily interested in it. This is Mari Selvaraj's first directorial which revolves around two deaths, one of a dog and another of a man. How people react to both the deaths form the crux of the film. Speaking to Firstpost, the director had explained, "This is the story about a student who transforms after learning about the politics of the world in law school. Everything I observed around me when I studied law has made it to this story. Not just the events, but even the people I met during those four years inspired me to write this story. This is a film only I could have done because it’s about everything I saw when I was a college student in Tirunelveli. This will be a landmark film for both Kathir and Anandhi, who have performed really well." And his predictions have turned out to be true. Critics have called it a masterpiece already. Check out their reactions right here...
Sify.com gave it 3 stars and review reads, "Debutant filmmaker Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal is one of the best Tamil film made on caste discrimination and the pain of the oppressed people. It stands out, as it's not preachy and the filmmaker hasn’t trusted the message on your face. Mari Selvaraj has visually represented the cruel practice exists in the society and leaves it to the audiences to take the final call. Pariyerum Perumal is an artistic masterpiece from debutant filmmaker Mari Selvaraj and set the standards high for directors who have noble intentions but end up making preachy propaganda films."
The News Minute reviewer seemed divided on whether to call it a masterpiece or a milestone in Tamil Cinema. The review reads, "It can be quite easy to bind a film under seals of approvals like ‘masterpiece’ and ‘milestone’. These words can ensure a film’s longevity and, in fact, make a reviewer’s job easy. “There you go, this one’s a masterpiece. It is an important milestone in Tamil cinema. But there are few films that venture beyond the confines of such labels and Pariyerum Perumal is one such example. At a time when Tamil cinema is turning to look back at its portrayal of caste, more importantly, to rewrite its portrayals, Pariyerum Perumal can effortlessly be called its luminary."
TOI's 4 stars review is full of praise for the filmmaker Selvaraj. It reads, "As much as it details caste-based violence, Pariyerum Perumal is filled with idealism and optimism. A scene at the principal’s office, where the principal motivates a disillusioned Pariyan offers a whistle-worthy moment. Similarly, a scene at the hospital between Pariyan and his mom is charged with emotion. And the filmmaking is top-notch. Santhosh Narayanan’s subtle score enhances the emotional power of the scenes while Sridhar’s striking visuals are very much memorable. But more importantly, the film never feels preachy, and unfolds as a tense drama. The message is always in the foreground, but Mari Selvaraj doesn’t sacrifice his narrative for its sake. And that is something worth appreciating in a filmmaker."
Behindwoods gave it 3 stars and the review reads, "Caste politics, the importance of education, the rise of a man against the various means of oppression, and so much more is conveyed in different layers. To handle this story in a subtle yet engaging manner requires some expertise and being director Ram's erstwhile associate, Mari has definitely acquired these skills from him. Pariyerum Perumal is a well-made film that makes you think and hits you hard right in the soul! Watch it for the team's overall effort."
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