The lead, Raj Varma works for the corporation's waste management department as a garbage collector , along with Singam Puli The heroine, Sherina is brought up by Pandiarajan who runs a home for handicapped children. Post her studies, she decides to do a research on something that would be of value for society.
In this state, Sherina loses an expensive ring and she seeks the help of the hero and his friends. They end up recovering the ring and trade it with Sherina for a sum of money as a token of appreciation. This forces the lead pair to bump into each other often. Meanwhile, the heroine gets into a research on converting garbage into diesel and she gets the hero to assist her. With her getting close to Raj, he falls in love with her. While he's skeptical about telling her whats in his mind, in keeping with the tradition of Tamil cinema, Sherina too ends up loving the hero.
When the research reaches its final stages, Pandiarajan gets to know about it and tries to sell it to foreign countries in order to make some easy bucks. In due course, the heroine gets trapped by him. Whether Raj saves her and if their love story gets a happy ending forms the crux of Saalaiyoram.
The hero, Raj Varma has done a commendable job as a garbage collector. He has pulled off a role that other actors would've thought twice about choosing. With an innocent face and natural acting, he wins the audience with his talents during the climax.
Heroine Sherina, as a researcher with a social concern has carried off her character pretty well. Pandiarajan has once again done justice to his role that's got shades of grey in it. The comic relief provided by Singam Puli keep the film light-hearted.
With most films these days based on incidents that has happened in the lives of the directors or those around them, here is a different story that talks about the life of those who are unfortunate and does odd jobs to make their daily bread. This distinction itself makes the director Moorthy Kannan deserve a round of applause. Tracks composed by Sethu Ram is decent. The background music is interesting. Cinematography by Dinesh Srinivas is a huge plus for this flick.
Overall, Saalaiyoram is a film that's worth watching for its distinct love story.