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Director  K. S. Sethumadhavan
Music director  L. Vaidyanathan
Country  India
8/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama
Screenplay  K. S. Sethumadhavan
Writer  K.S. Sethumadhavan
Language  Tamil
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Release date  4 October 1991
Based on  "Uchi Veyyil"   by Indira Parthasarathy
Cast  Sivakumar (Vembu Iyer), Jayabharathi (Janaki), Radha (Avayam), Sekhar
Similar movies  Nagaram (2010), Sivakumar and Radha appear in Marupakkam and Manithanin Marupakkam, Thyagam (1978), Neethiyin Marupakkam (1985), Agadam (2013)

Marupakkam a film by k s sethu madhavan

Marupakkam (The Other Side) is a 1991 award-winning drama feature film directed by K.S. Sethu Madhavan. The film is in Tamil with English subtitles. The film is based on Tamil novel, Uchi Veyyil written by Indira Parthasarathy. It stars Sivakumar, Jayabharathi, and Radha. The film's music is composed by L. Vaidyanathan.


At the 38th National Film Awards, it won 3 National Film Awards, including the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film, making it the first Tamil film to win the award. The film was featured at the International Film Festival of India in 2003 as part of a retrospective tribute to its director K.S. Sethu Madhavan.


The film is inspired by the novel Uchi Veyyil, written by Indira Parthasarathy.

The film revolves around Ambi, a young man in his early thirties. Ambi arrives in Kumbakonam from Delhi to see his ailing father, Vembu Iyer (Sivakumar). His father, an orthodox religious scholar, revered for his knowledge in Vedic studies, is now ill, having only his memories to accompany him. The state of his father is a shock to Ambi. The two fell out over Ambi's love and subsequent marriage to a Christian girl by the name of Sweetie in Delhi. Barely able to recognise his son now, Vembu Iyer ponders in total silence, as Janaki (Jayabharathi), Ambi's mother, shares with her son what has happened since he left for Delhi. Over time, he overhears his father mutter the name of Ambi's stepmother Avayam (Radha). Before his marriage to Janaki, Vembu Iyer intensely loved Avayam, much to the anger and diapproval of Vembu's own mother, who hated her daughter-in-law as she loved to dance. Eventually, Avayam and Vembu separated because of the pressure. Beginning to understand that guilt might be a reason why his father has retreated into silence over his own marriage, Ambi suggests bringing his stepmother Avayam to the house. Janaki, a traditional, submissive woman by nature is upset by the proposition, becoming frustrated at the prospect of sharing her husband with another woman. Eventually, Ambi's friend Murthy helps to reach a solution.


  • Sivakumar as Vembu Iyer
  • Jayabharathi as Janaki
  • Radha as Avayam
  • Achamillai Gopi
  • Sekar as Ambi
  • Yuvasri as Sweetie
  • Production

    The film was shot in 14 days around Sriperumbudur and Karpagam Studios with the budget of 12 lacs. Sivakumar was paid 15000 despite refusing to accept any salary for the film.


    The film has won the following awards since its release:

    1991 National Film Awards (India)

  • Won - Golden Lotus Award - National Film Award for Best Feature Film - K.S. Sethu Madhavan
  • Won - Silver Lotus Award - National Film Award for Best Screenplay - K.S. Sethu Madhavan
  • Won - Silver Lotus Award - Special Jury Award / Special Mention - Jayabharathi
  • References

    Marupakkam Wikipedia
    Marupakkam IMDb Marupakkam