We’ve seen plenty of patriotic Tamil movies in the past, starting from Mani Ratnam’s Roja, Arjun’s Jai Hind, Kamal Haasan’s Indian, Priyadarshan’s Sirai Chaalai, to name a few. Unlike these films highly inspired by the love for our country, National Award winning director S.P. Jananathan’s third directorial venture Peranmai, starring Jayam Ravi, has an unique characteristic.
Ayngaran International’s Deepavali release Peranmai is completely free from romance, sentiments, amateurish comedy, kuthu songs and item numbers; it is a complete expression of patriotism filled with edge-of-the-seat moments. In fact, Tamil cinema history had very few instances in which the entire audiences stood in front of their seats, giving a big round of applause while the movie credits scrolled on the screen! Peranmai is one such movie!
The film begins with scenes of Indian scientists at a remote satellite research station in a forest, busily preparing for the launch of a remote sensing satellite which can help them identify the fertile land for agriculture. Within the same forest, the Forest Department conducts a NCC camp for nearly 30 women cadets, of whom five cadets will be selected for trekking in the forest and participating in the national parade on Independence Day.