The success of a film is marked by the support it garners from its audience. In that sense, it is fair enough to say that Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal has been a successful debut for the director.
Based entirely on demand, the film will now release in Kerala nearly a month after its release in Tamil Nadu. Pa Ranjith, the film’s producer posted on Twitter that the film will now release in Kerala on October 26.
Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal released in limited screens in Tamil Nadu and only in a handful in Maharashtra on September 28. Following popular demand, the film released in Karnataka on October 12.
It is interesting to note that theatres across Tamil Nadu increased the number of shows due to the good response the film received immediately after its release.
Starring Kathir, Anandhi and Yogi Babu in the lead, the film’s music has been composed by Santhosh Narayanan and its cinematography was done by Sridhar.
Kathir who played the titular Periyerum Perumal, an aspiring law student, said that he went out of his way to bag the role after listening to its script.
“First, Pariyerum Perumal is based on a collection of true stories. Two, when Mari Selvaraj spoke at length about my character, I felt it was portrayed with utmost honesty. Besides, the story itself was soulful. I liked the way Mari put forth the representation of love in the film. It was beautiful -- that thin line of confusion between romance and friendship!” he said in an interview to TNM.
When asked if the story has been inspired by his past experiences, director Mari said, “More than inspiration, I’d say it’s a platform built by my experiences. All the stories in the world happen to everyone. But it’s only when that story is placed on a certain platform that it becomes interesting. The law college setting is such a platform. It was a familiar one from which I could weave in characters and experiences. But it’s not my personal story.”