Friday, March 09, 2007

Movie Review: Paruthiveeran: EkDuujeKeLiye Gang(sta) Rap(e) Mix

Director: Ameer (Director of Ram)
Starring: Karthik, Saravanan, Priya Mani

The "pun" in the title is intended. I really wanted to tag it as 'Romeo Sandiyar & Juliet Sandiyar'. This movie is an old excess-ethanol-killer-illicit-arrack in a new water packet. I doubt if the 'A Center' audience are elastic enough to like this movie. They probably won't. But I have a feeling that that this movie would be a huge hit in rurals a la' Sethu. Even though, I completely disliked 'Sethu' - I wouldn't miss Paruthi for the world. Sethu was mostly mediocre and cheap ass crap, which in retrospect looked better because of the last 20 minutes. It ended on a high and so the audience remembered the movie in a positive light. As Paruthiveeran lies naked showing his buttox, face down on the mud, dripping blood, Ameer makes sure this movie ends on a dramatic high. And that is the movie's biggest plus point. People walk out of the theater remembering the movie in a favorable light. Giving it more credit. Paruthi, though it sort of meanders and lingers needlessly in the first half, is a significantly better movie than Sethu even if it suddenly upgrades itself from 'eccentric' to 'good' in the last 30 minutes. Tamil cinema has traditionally drawn a lot of mileage and money from the phenomena of 'rape'. K. Balachander to Barathiraja have made huge amounts of money based on 'rape' and 'karpu'. Ameer milks this phenomena until it bleeds blood. Literally.

This movie is something Barathiraja would have been proud of. It is shot in a typical desertish village, somewhere near Madurai. However, this movie is completely unconventional. Unlike what Barathiraja can create. It portrays and deals with completely evil people. This aspect of the movie is very innovative. Its like 'Mudhal Mariyathai' Vadivukarasi falling head-over-heels in love with '16 Vayathinile' Parattai. You have no sympathy for either character. However, their love, as wretched as it is, touches you somehow. All the lead characters are despicable people. People you wouldn't touch with a 600 foot Boeing 747. Paruthi and his uncle are bad ass thugs who get in trouble just for the heck of it. Paruthi's noble ambition is to make it to Madras Central jail and have his name on the papers doing that. He is annoyed that the policemen steal their thunder in local newspaper photographs. They are the local goondas and they don't specifically work for anybody. They just stab other people in the "kundi" for deterrence sake and spend 2 weeks in jail for it. People in the village are afraid of these 2 people because these two try their best to irritate, annoy and bully everybody. I think this movie tells a six month segment in Paruthi's life. The first 2 hours has Paruthi having the time of his life. He makes fun of Police officers, bullys some of them, steals prostitutes paid for by truck drivers, humps them and only gives them any unused excess capacity. MuthuAzhagu, is head-over-heels in love with Paruthi because he saved her life when she was a child. She is a bitch of sorts. Tempermental, stays in the same class for 4 years just so that she is not put in the marriage market. Her voice is masculine, scary and she could easily slip in a villain in any movie. While not representative of any typical village belle, she is what 'Muthal Mariyathai' Vadivukarasi would have been in her formative years.

One of the significant strong points of the movie is also its weakest point. There is not much logic to anything that anybody does. If you don't buy into the fact that this movie is about semi-barbarians with minimal human emotions, you most probably won't like this movie. It gets worse if you somehow get a feeling that this movie somehow depicts real village life. Paruthi's antics, his arrogance and disregard for civilization, which get him into trouble often, does not make sense. Muthazhugu's unrequited love, her arrogance and her dialogs does not make sense. So does her parents inability to stop her. Not that it needs to make sense. Heck! many things most people do - never make sense. But it is too prevalent for my comfort. I loved these characters for it and hated them for the excesses. I was disappointed with 'American Beauty' because I thought every character in that movie was one-dimensional and all characters looked the same. Every character shown was cynical, evil, dark and sarcastic. They all seemed to say "look at me. I am so cool". After a point I started getting annoyed with that Sam Mendes movie because of that. This movie suffers from the same syndrome. Every character is a 'prick' of sorts. I would have been happy if there was one main character, who was sane and regular person. I am not sure if this is in anyway true depiction of village life. It needn't be. But it should tell us clearly that we are dealing with outliers. It doesn't. I understand that the tendency to take the 'veech aruval' is more in villages. But how come nobody shows respect to anybody? Things are too callous to be believable. Elders, youngsters, grandma, father - everybody is called a 'nayee'. Let me just stop by saying its a freakishly different movie.

As far as performances go Karthik has done a debut of a lifetime. Take a bow dude! I haven't seen a more powerful debut by any other hero. Come to think of it, he might get a career as an outstanding villain. No other actor in my recollection has entered film world with such an intense role. Come to think of it not many actors have done a full-throated "thevdiyaa pasangala". They way he casually humps prostitutes and says "kottaiya arithuduven" to policemen was simply awesome. I have never seen a person/character like this. He so fits into this role. You wouldn't believe he is an urban kid. While sarcasm and gaundamani-aping comes naturally for him, this pure evil 'porikki' role is a level-jump for him. He really comes of as a horrible thug. His last scene performance alone is high quality stuff. Not many seasoned actors can do what he has done. It clearly shows the amount of hard work he has put in for this role. If you look at debut movies of most of the current heroes, you would realize how awesome this role is. He looks like a seasoned actor in every frame he appears. Most actors have stiff legs and a stiff face in their debut movies. I remember Surya, Vijay, Ajit couldn't dance to save their lives in his first few movies. This fellow is just so natural. When he dances, you can really feel he is having the time of his life. He really brings back the 'bad is cool' theme. Very few actors start with such an unconventional role. By virtue of 'risking' this start he clearly looks and behaves like a seasoned actor. It has been a tough ride for him. After quitting a job, with a plan of acting in Ayitha Ezhuthu (for Siddarth's role), he was rejected as too fat by Maniratnam. He stayed in the game by designing Wall Posters/hoardings for movies like Kaakha Kaakha, moved to being assistant director in AE and then finally this movie happened. I really cant find anything bad about this role. His voice is much different in screen. I was surprised that it was his own voice. Priya Mani was also a surprise, although I hated her voice. She has done well. In many ways she is the real hero of this movie.

To sum up. The last 30 minutes are good for a reason. The build-up for the eventual irony starts eearly on in the movie. You feel sad for these wretched lives in the end. Evil begets evil and there is simply no retribution for any evil doer in this movie, which I liked. They way I liked madhavan's character in AE for being bad till the end. When priya mani says "nee panna paavathu poora yen thalai'la irakki vechutte" - there will not be a dry eye in the house. Especially Not so after we see how Paruthi decides to fulfill his promise to her.

22 comments:

Zero said...

I wonder why people hate Sethu. Yeah, the first half and the second half were two different films (I usually hate "disconnects") and it's quite manipulative, but it was done pretty well and sensitively, no?

Liked your reference to Ek Duuje Ke Liye. I recollected the same film myself while opining idly about Paruthi Veeran's climax. It was awfully contrived (just like Ameer's earlier films).

Nilu said...

I haven't watched this movie. But dude, that was awful writing. When you have said something, don't fucking repeat it -- it insults the reader.

Bala said...

>>and then finally this movie happened

thought his dad produced the movie for him through his cousin gyanavel raja (studio green)

Anonymous said...

Hey Bharat,

In spite of your review, I went to see this movie in the theatre. There were at least 3 other ppl there who claimed to be classmates (MS and college)of Karthik. And they all had the same review of this movie as me. You r right about Karthik, having given one of the best debuts of anyone by far. He is incredible, even in a not likable role. And Priya Mani is the real soul of the movie.The hero is only the supporting actor kind of role. Having said that, there is nothing in this story that deserves to be made into a movie. It is everything we have seen before. The director takes bits and pieces from everywhere, including azhaki, veyil, Kadhal(where non professional actors - village ppl acted)etc to depict some of the grahmam scenes.

And i like your analysis, that the director milks the rape sentiment to gain audience sympathy, though there is too much rape in tamil movies. One guy remarked how ppl in india's tastes have changed. They like a lot of bloodshed in their movies and a lot of gory scenes. The indian mentality is not of the typical gandian mentality of turning the other cheek as ppl like to pretend, we indians really are extremely cruel people, who sadly dont even realise the cruelty when it is put in front of them. Its gory movies which have flooded the tamil screens and are superhits, which show the real people and their thoughts. but i digress..

The songs in this movie, except the last one , were very artificial, and contrived, and seemed to be inserted just to give the "village-feel". But it is a great debut for karthik- not choosing a regular lover boy role to start off his career. I didnt like sethu much, but i think thats a better movie than this one, because that story is worth telling. There is no point going to a movie just to see how good an actor can play a character. There needs to be something touching, or different, or thought provoking or entertaining, or somthing in the story. This one seemed patches of many movies to me.

Hawkeye said...

zero,

ya! the moment the end started happening, I was thinking "oh! shit "Ek Duuje". It was at different plane from the movie. i thought it meshed will with a 'contrived' movie.

nilu,

jaangiri, vethal suthara mathiri thaan. Thiruppi thiruppi suthina thaan taste.

ya! but I see ur point.

Bala,

I didnt see who the produceers of paruthi were. Gnanavel was the producer of SOK. I was under the impression Ameer called Karthik.

anon,

im curious u know the name of the 'classmates'. where did u see this movie. i didnt like any of the songs. i agree with ur review. but I dont like love stories at all. I hated everything from DDLJ to Sethu. This movie by virtue of being a love story was not in my space.

Anonymous said...

Maybe those classmates/friends will write to you in your blog. I will let them know .. I did feel you were slightly prejudiced in favour of the movie in your review, because u knew karthi.. I think the movie is a hit in india because of the novelty of his being surya's brother and the fact there is a little controversy going on about the amount of vulgarity shown in this movie in the end is packing the theatres, like it always does in TN. And there is a lack of competition right now. Very few ppl will be interested to see a real unknown new face perform in a movie that has very little substance, and is a rework of many movies. Wasnt there a movie where a girl hanged herself, and the brother cries and then sets fire to the place when the villagers comes running, because he doesnt want them to see her that way ?

Hawkeye said...

/* I did feel you were slightly prejudiced in favour of the movie in your review, because u knew karthi */

i agree. my initial review was very critical. then i moderated it a bit because i thought it was too unfairly critical. but if u read between the words, you should really know ...

Vid said...

How do you know Karthi ?

Anonymous said...

Karthi and hawkeye did their engineering in the same college "Crescent"... And that includes me as well...

Anonymous said...

dei baadu... if you a have a blog to write in, will you write any crap that occurs to you?! your review reflects precisely what you proclaim to hate - "see me... i'm so cool". a review in a third grade tamil magazine will be much saner and more balanced than yours. screw you.

un review-ku comment post panrathe romba jaasthi, idhulla username create panradhellaam rombave over. unakkellaam anonymous comment podhum da.. e.p.s - ennananu puriyudhaa? next time review ezhudhuva illa... appo solren enna arthamnu.

Vijayalaxmi said...

I think most of you have not visited anything in the name of a real village in south india especially the south tamilnadu...
Most of the village ppl will be like the characters in the movie..
And, hey, they of course don't respect their elders... No "neenga, vaanga ponga" kinda stuff but ppl have their own respect.
The one which she says at the end of the movie.. "enna kaana ponamakidu da" ( It happens ... thats so sad though they are
aggressive they don't have the guts to file a case or complain in the police for such incidents)
Hats off to Ameer!!! for showing the real life of those people...

I saw a pure village life in the movie...
And as you guys said we have seen too many nice-nice(Gandhian) village characters in so many barathiraja movies, and
there are also more aggressive ppl in the villages and this movie is a depiction of such characters.
I know some village characters who have been more aggressive than this..
Gang rape is something real wat ameer has shown in this movie(much heart throbbing than Ek dhuje keliye..
and i guess everybody would accept this...)

Well, Karthi and Priyamani has made a wonderful remarkable performance in the movie...
You guys will say that Rang de Basanti and ayutha ezhuithu are gud though they have shown blood sheds
but will not accept a village movie where the real blood shed happens for no reason(yes, here i would accept it sure)..
If you belong to tamil nadu you will be very well aware of such well known conflicts in the south of tamilnadu. So don't say
that ameer has exaggerated the characters of the movie he has shown the real movie.. especially the love they have is not
what the love we see in the normal movies.. Its as real as wat happens in the movie...
We should accept that the movie is gud though it has non-acceptable violence being shared among so many people
especially through a media...

Anonymous said...

"Most of the village ppl will be like the characters in the movie..
And, hey, they of course don't respect their elders" . Strange comment. On behalf of tamil nade villagers, I protest. What kind of village did you come from ? If this is the state of indian villages, then I guess they better come to the cities for a better living. And no one is criticizing the movie for the violence. In fact, people say the ending the the high point of the movie. There are many other movies with gang rape. It is veyr common in tamil cinema and directors use it often to get emotional involvment from the public. So ameer need not be applauded for "something real wat ameer has shown in this movie". The last 30 mins are good, according to hawkeye and others. They have only criticized other aspects of the movie, like one dimensional chracters, and unimaginative song picturization, and a very slow first half.

Sakthi said...

Vijayalaxmi kudos to u ....
I loved teh movie every bit for what it was...
whatever said n done the innocence of the characters touched me in this world of u scratch my back i scratch urs and it made me proud of my village origins..

sorry anon if u feel so then u didnt get real essense of the place u lived in or u had been living in the dream of wanting to be like the city dwellers..

every place has a character to it and that character of the place reflects in its people and every other place has its plus and minus.. and come on dont get me started on the minuses of city dwellers.. and who are v to sit here and judge the imperfections of others when v have so much of dirt in our backs...

please stop to act like "see me am so cooll and wow am so intelligent n hence am so cynical" ...

and learn to appreciate realism...

for gods sake stop comparing this to "Ek dhuje....

and yep vijayalaxmi they will praise rang de n AE simply coz its talks abt urban youth and thats what they strive to show off themselves as (i know am sitting here n judging but hey i simply couldnt resist it :D)

Sakthi said...

s*** in my previous comment i had not given much thought to the producer...

now i can imagine the entire family sitting n reading my comment n grinning... their mission had been accomplished to make money and fame out of people's emotions and being tight lipped about it..

Vijayalaxmi said...

Well every movie tries to touch the emotions and the sentiments of the people...
In that case we should not watch any movies coz all of them try to touch the cheapest sentiments of the people...
Am not being sarcastic here... wanted to tell my view just like yours... :-)
and about respecting elders...
I mentioned that its about the 'neenga vaanga' kinda respect which u can see only in cities and not in any villages. I said so because you were saying that everybody call others as 'naaye' and with that you were trying to criticise...
I didn't say anything which is not acceptable...
You can see that in any village,
I mean, not only in my village and FYI I don't come from a village but has experienced such incidents when i visited a few villages in south... and it affected me because even i was thinking that villagers respect their elders...they are aggressive...
they respect elders in a different way... which we the city guys will never do... they give respect to the family values like what she is saying at the end...
"Endha voor janaga enna kevalama pesuvanga da... kaana ponam aakidu da enna"...
I totally accept your views about the movie but don't compare it with a wrong life style which you consider to be a real village life style...

Anonymous said...

I agree with Vijayalakshmi - contrary to the rosy notion most city folks have about 'innocent villagers', you'll find that life in Indian villages, especially the pottakkadus is pretty raw. My dad was posted to a remote village near Namakkal from Bangalore when I was ten- it was a culture shock in every way. It was quite common for the girls (10-12 yrs old) to brag about making out with their cousins with all the explicit details and the worst part was they used to giggle and mock the naive city kid who couldn't understand most of what they were saying. Must say it was an eye-opener! And there was no 'neenga-naanga' respect - not that they were rude, just that hypocrisy was a luxury nobody had room for.

Anonymous said...

dei loosu payale, lifela enaikavathu village pakkam poi irukiya. mutta podra kolikithanda theriyum suthu vali. blog irukunu kanda mayirayum eluthuratha. avlo therinja ni poi padam eduka vendiyathuthana, ila hero aga vendiyathuthana. oru shotku ethana light vakanumnavathu theriyuma. engayo ukanthukitu paesurathu sulambamdi mapla. mudivu sothapunalum, matha 2 mani neramum unmada. inimae review eluthurenu ethayavathu type pana, magane, konne puduven.

Anonymous said...

dei loosu payale, lifela enaikavathu village pakkam poi irukiya. mutta podra kolikithanda theriyum suthu vali. blog irukunu kanda mayirayum eluthuratha. avlo therinja ni poi padam eduka vendiyathuthana, ila hero aga vendiyathuthana. oru shotku ethana light vakanumnavathu theriyuma. engayo ukanthukitu paesurathu sulambamdi mapla. mudivu sothapunalum, matha 2 mani neramum unmada. inimae review eluthurenu ethayavathu type pana, magane, konne puduven.

Anonymous said...

Hello Guys and Gals.. nice reading your comments on this review. The reviewer looks like a city grown ,never lived in village and self thinking elite minded person. Can an Ek duuje Ke Liye fan review this movie Paruthiveeran?. Yes and No. No, if you can't understand human feelings are same irrespective of money,cast,religion,location such as village,sity,country or continenets. Love and hate are universal feelings but way of expression is different. We wrongly believe way of expressing the feeling is the culture!. I was born and brought in village called "Narikudi" some 70 KMs from Madurai. This village is also mentioned in this movie. Until 17th year of my life I havn't even visited Madurai city..I moved to Madurai to do Engineering and then to Chennai, Bangalore...USA. My parents are still in village..

A Manirathnam movie fan can't review this movie at all. If there is no logic in this movie which other movie you will find a logic? Do you find logic in Manirathnam's Nayagan or Shankar's Sivaji the Boss.?. Every character and every dialoge is real and truth in this movie “Paruthiveeran” except the love songs which if for commercial touch. The kuthu pattu is same as I saw in Oor thiruvila some 20 years back. Where elso you find a movie like this. Why did this movie got so many awards?. Is it not for realism . I have seen many suicides in the village for Karpu factor alone. There are so many other factors like this.

Vijayalaxmi righly said in her comment …. Movies ar nothing but venting sentiments and feelings…

Every characters , costumes, dialoges , love/hate/respect expressions , village politics are real and neatly said. Nee, Vaa, Nayee are slangs in the Madurai lingo. What about Madras slangs. I was shoked when I met Channai pasanga first time in my college in Madurai to hear "nGhotha" after every word they speak , they used "enggappan tholla thangala da" . What kind of respect here?. Being in city or USA do you think one is cultured. Havn't you seen F*** word for everything in USA?!! .

Paruthiveeran is real gem. More realistic than Barathiraja Movie in my opinion. Less than Barathi/Bakya raja’s double meanings.

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Anonymous said...

after watching the villages of india in this movie, i doubt india would become a superpower. but i bet it would become an emotional powerhouse. people have filthy money to watch such sick movies.

Anonymous said...

Hello Reviewer...

1. Do understand tamil?
2. Did you really watch the movie?
3. Probably you would have only noticed the poster.
4. U r writing as if you have directed some 20-30 silver jubilee movies.

Finally do not torture us by wasting (y)our pls spend some time productive...