'Paruthiveeran' enthrals film buffs at Osian's

Jul 25, 2007 IANS

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Cinema buffs were treated to some brilliant performances by the cast of Tamil film "Paruthiveeran" on day five of the 9th Osian's-Cinefan film festival here Tuesday.

"Paruthiveeran", directed by Ameer Sultan and starring debutant Karthik and Priyamani in the lead roles, explores the relationship between two strong characters - a small-time criminal and a girl from the respected Thevar community.

Though the story begins with the same old plot of a rich girl falling in love with a poor boy and the two eloping, the climax where the two die in a shocking turn of events almost choked the audience.

"I never imagined a love story to end this way," said Prashant Nath. "The film had comedy, drama and tragedy but the ending is something very few films can take a risk with. I was almost in tears."

The climax was hard to handle even for the debutant actor, who took almost four months to recover from the intense and emotionally exhaustive plot.

"For our film, the climax was the key," said Karthik. "I got drained emotionally after playing it. It took me almost four months to recover from the impact it had on me."

The day also had acclaimed movies like "Days of Glory" from Algeria, "She and He" from Tunisia, "Cairo Station" from Egypt and "Via Darjeeling" from India. The Osian's fest has over the days been drawing audiences who want to savour varied themes and styles of moviemaking from different countries.

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