Sigappu Rojakkal

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Sigappu Rojakkal
Sigappu Rojakal.jpg
Directed by P. Bharathiraja
Produced by J. Padmavathi
Written by P. Bharathiraja
K. Bhagyaraj (dialogues)
Starring Kamal Haasan
K. Bhagyaraj
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. S. Nivas
Edited by P. Bhaskaran
Distributed by K. R. G Productions
Release dates
28 October 1978
Country India
Language Tamil

Sigappu Rojakkal (English: Red Roses) is a 1978 Tamil thriller film starring Kamal Haasan and Sridevi. Directed by P. Bharathiraja, music by Ilaiyaraaja and cinematography by P. S. Nivas[1]

In an era of over-dramatised acting in Tamil films, Sigappu Rojakkal was one of the notable and the best exceptions. The film was a blockbuster and completed a 175-day run at the box office. The film won two Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor and Best Director categories. This film was also remade in Hindi as Red Rose


Dileep (Kamal Haasan) is a successful businessman with a dark side. He preys on nubile girls; tortures and kills them. These proceedings are video-recorded and watched by his adoptive father and mentor, another deranged woman-hater who, as with Dileep, had a disillusioning experience with the female sex in his past. The old man stays holed up in a far corner of Dileep's mansion watching his son carry out what he is too infirm to do. The murdered girls are buried in Dileep's garden and a rosebush is grown above.

Dileep chances upon an undergarments salesgirl, Sarada (Sridevi), and develops an attraction for her. Sarada, a conservative woman, insists that Dileep must marry her if he wants to have his way with her. The romance proceeds, and appears to be Dileep's salvation before things begin to collapse for him. On his marriage day, Sarada stumbles upon a diary containing details of his deranged life, and names of the girls he had killed scribbled on the walls of one of the rooms in his large house.

Sarada, meanwhile stumbles upon Dileep's father, whom Dileep had told her was retarded and was not to be disturbed, and gets the shock of her life. She somehow manages to shut him in and tries to run out but as she prepares to leave, Dileep returns. As Sarada tries to act normal while planning to escape, Dileep finds that his father has been locked in and when he saves his father, he realizes that Sarada knows the truth about his deeds. A tense chase ensues, which ends in a graveyard in the dead of night, with Dileep stumbling and falling on a cross which pierces him. In the ensuing chase, Dileep is caught by the police.

He is subsequently jailed but gets mentally retarded and loses his bloodthirsty ways. He keeps repeating Sarada's name, as it is his only coherent thought, and all other memories have been erased from his mind.



The music composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 Indha Minminikku Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Kannadasan 4:28
2 Ninaivo Oru Paaravai Kamal Haasan, S. Janaki Vaali 4:45


Sigappu Rojakkal was remade in Hindi as Red Rose

A sequel to the film was announced in 2009, and began filming in 2014 with Bharathiraja's son Manoj as director. The film tells the story of a youngster who is affected after watching the original 1978 film.[3]


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