South Stream: Mari Selvaraj’s Pariyerum Perumal

He uses different techniques that surprise the audience at every turn of the narration. Pariyerum Perumal takes off with a gut-wrenching death of a significant character. He keeps bringing back the spirit animal of the protagonist whenever the latter struggles to find his place in a society that refuses to treat him as an equal. But, following its death, it becomes a symbol of hope and strength of a Dalit youth Pariyan (Kathir). It would have been very satisfying to see Pariyan getting his revenge against his classmates who humiliated his father in full public view. Writer-director Mari establishes the unforgiving nature of a casteist set up in the very opening moments of the film. Rajendar’s trademark gabbing is a moving tribute to a murdered dog that wasn’t aware of the caste differences between men. The mourning song “Adi Karuppi”, composed and rendered by Santhosh Narayanan, is a highlight of the movie. Pariyerum Perumal is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. But it may not be impossible either. Advertising

Pariyerum Perumal doesn’t offer an easy solution to Pariyan’s problems. Advertising

If you haven’t watched it already, this uncompromising film on the evils of caste has to be on the top of your watch list this week. It would have been heroic to show Pariyan openly acknowledging Jothi Mahalakshmi’s, a girl from upper cate, affection for him and fighting for his love against all odds. But it is not that film which lets you escape from the harsh realities of a morally decaying society. The rap-esque song that closely resembles filmmaker T. Mari even paints the black Mudhol Hound, a native Indian dog breed, with blue, the colour of Dalit resistance. The cause of the character’s death is very repulsive: upper-caste hegemony. A character that represents innocence, trust, love, companionship and all things good in the world. Whether we like it or not, Mari doesn’t give us that temporary gratification of an underdog beating the wisdom out of caste fanatics. Also Read | South Stream: Ishq | Michael Madana Kama Rajan | Kumbalangi Nights
Pariyerum Perumal shows it’s not easy to overcome the challenges of all-pervasive caste. 0