One of the answers of the latest edition of 12th standard Tamil Konar book – a popular series of guides and reference books, refers to Pariyerum Perumal, the Mari Selvaraj directed, Pa Ranjith production, which released last year.
To a question asking students to write about the emotions portrayed in a film of their choice, the Konar guide refers to instances from Pariyerum Perumal to speak about fear, pride, insult, humour, etc.
The answer describes the scene where Pariyan’s father is harassed for being ‘feminine’ as insulting, the part where the killer is introduced as inflicting violence, as fearful, when Jothi helps Pariyan write and speak English, the answer says it elicits a feeling of pride, and when Pariyan is hit and abused by Jothi’s family members, it elicits anger, and the last part of the answer says that the portions with the hero’s dog Karuppi are moving.
The konar is widely used by state board and matriculation students in Tamil Nadu as a guide book to prepare for board exams.
Pariyerum Perumal starred Kathir, Aanandhi and Yogi Babu in the lead, and had music by Santosh Narayanan, cinematography by Sridhar and editing by Selva RK. The film released in September last year and was widely appreciated for its portrayal of caste violence, and for questioning many accepted caste practices. The film continues to win awards and is being screened in film festivals around the world.
The director had said in a press meet after release that he was afraid the film would face backlash and have censor issues. He said, “I thought the censors will ask for scenes to be deleted and I would have to remove them. Many even doubted if the film will release and I also though people will misunderstand the concept and there will be controversies to try and stop it. It was only later when I heard people say they did not get tickets because theatres were houseful, I believed I made a good film.”