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Paruthiveeran is an award-winning Tamil feature film directed by Ameer Sultan. The film stars Karthik Sivakumar and Priyamani in the lead roles. Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the film's soundtrack and score which released November 11, 2006. The film was released on February 23, 2007 and was critically acclaimed.


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 means "cotton hero", probably derived from the fact that the village where he lives (and the movie is set) is called Paruthi, and he is a hero of the Paruthi village. This seems to be an allusion to the fact that he heroically saves the life of the young Muthazhagu. Besides this, Madurai district has rich black soil suitable for cotton farming. In tamil nadu people has the tendency to name the place and individual's name based on the crop they farm which in this case "Paruthi" (Cotton). He shapes up as a brutal bully and leads a care-free life. Muthazhagu (Priyamani) loves him more than her life, but he remains unmoved and keeps her at bay. At times he is violent too. When he 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 anyone else on the insistence of her father or mother. 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. But she resists and musters courage to elope with Paruthiveeran. What follows forms a climax which shocks everyone alike. While Muthazhagu succumbs to fate's deadly game, Paruthiveeran has no choice but to let everyone believe (falsely and fatefully) that he is a madman.


  • Karthik Sivakumar as Paruthiveeran. Karthik Sivakumar plays a role of country brash. He is often arrested for petty crimes. His one ambition in life is to gain enough notoriety to be a TV news item and to be thrown into Madras Jail. He often bullies Paruthiyur villagers for money, women and fun. He also likes Muththazhagu but ignores her advances to protect her from the constant threat to his life.
  • Priyamani as Muththazhagu. Priyamani plays Paruthiveeran's cousin. He, as a kid, saves her from drowning in a well. And she promises to marry him and be in his side forever. So she starts loving him obsessively 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.
  • Ponvannan as Kazhuva Thevan. Ponvannan plays Paruthiveeran's uncle and a prominent person in village's council. He plays the role of a caste fanatic.
  • Saravanan as Chevvaazhai. Saravanan plays Paruthiveeran's doting uncle role. Chevvaazhai pampers him and accompanies in every misbehavior to keep him happy.


Music was composed by Yuvan Shankar Raja and lyrics were written by Snekan.

  1. Ariyadha Vayasu - Ilaiyaraaja
  2. Iayyayo - Krishnaraj, Manicka Vinayagam, Shreya Goshal, Yuvan Shankar Raja
  3. Nathaswaram - Shanmuga Sundaram Group
  4. Sari Kama Pathani - Ameer, Madhumitha, Madurai Saroja
  5. Tanka Dunga - Kala, Lakshimi, Pandi, Raja, Saroja
  6. Vuroram Puliamaram - Kala, Lakshimi, Pandi, Saroja


The movie was well received by film critics and masses alike. Priyamani received an award for best actress in Osian film festival.
Best Actress award for her intense and vivid portrayal of a character driven by obsessive love and for her performance in a broad range of acting prowess.
. The movie was also judged the best film
For its strong narrative that allows reality to be played out cinematically, rendered with visual energy to connect with a wider audience.

  • Total gross is estimated at Rs.100 million worldwide.
  • The film has completed a 300 day run in December 2007.


The film and many of its cast and crew have been awarded or nominated by many associations in India and worldwide for the film. Paruthiveeran was honoured with a "special mention" award from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) at the 58th Berlin International Film Festival.

2007 Osian's Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema

  • Won - Best Film Award - Paruthiveeran
  • Won - Best Actress Award - Priyamani.

2007 National Film Awards (India)

2007 Filmfare Awards South (India)


There was a controversy surrounding the ownership of the movie. Ameer has complained that the original producer Gnanavel who incurred losses in his previous film Sillunu Oru Kaadhal, couldn't finance the movie till it's completion, so he supposedly gave up the movie to Ameer. But towards the completion of the movie, Ameer ran out of funds and the movie went back to Gnanavel. . Since the release of the movie, both parties have been accusing each other for failing to make a payment which each owe from the other .

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