'Paruthiveeran' is a raw and fiery love story, set in a rural area around Madurai, in the village called Parithiyur. Paruthiveeran (Karthi) is a brash and boisterous young man, who is often arrested for petty crimes. His one ambition in life is to gain enough notoriety to be on TV news and to be thrown into Madras Jail. He often bullies Paruthiyur villagers for money, women and fun.
He lives with his doting uncle Chevvaazhai (Saravanan), who pampers and accompanies him in every misbehavior to keep him happy. His cousin Muththazhagu (Priyamani) is the daughter of a caste fanatic who is a prominent person in the village's council. Muththazhagu loves him more than her life, but he remains unmoved and keeps her at bay. As a kid, Paruthiveeran saved her from drowning in a well, and ever since that moment she promises to marry him and be by his side forever. She starts loving him passionately against her parents' will. In order to delay her marriage with anybody else, she fails herself in school to be in the same grade/class.
Despite Paruthiveeran indifferent, abusive, and at times violent behaviour Muththazhagu remains constant and tireless in her devotion for him. When he finally understands her true love for him and decides to marry her, the feud between the two families comes in the way. Determined as he is to possess her, he warns her against marrying someone of her parents' choice. He even threatens to cut her into pieces. Undeterred by his threats, her parents press ahead with the preparations for her marriage with a man of their choice. Since Muththazhagu is not able to convince her parents, she runs away from home wanting to elope with Paruthiveeran.
However, she gets kidnapped and brutally raped by merciless miscreants. When she is eventually discovered in her sordid state by Paruthiveeran, Muththazhagu beseeches Paruthiveeran, to cut her into pieces, as she is anyway dying and does not want anybody to find her. Paruthiveeran, on her request hence chops her corpse into pieces, and is walking away, when he is found by Muththazhagu's father and other relatives. Assuming him to be her kidnapper and murderer, they beat him to death. Thus ends the tragic love story of Paruthiveeran and Muththazhagu.
This movie received much critical acclaim and accolades winning two National film Awards, six Filmfare Awards South and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, and was also screened at several international film festivals such as the Berlin International Film Festival and the Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema.
This film was shot entirely in and around Madurai and was in the making for about two years.
Around 60 debutants, mostly people from the region appeared in the film and were all brought to Chennai to dub with their original voice.
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