Official DVD Cover
|Directed by||R. K. Selvamani|
|Written by||R. K. Selvamani|
John Amirtharaj (dialogues)
M. N. Nambiar
Mansoor Ali Khan
|Edited by||V. Udhayashankar|
|Distributed by||Motherland Movies|
|17 April 1992|
Chembaruthi (transl. Hibiscus) is a 1992 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film written and directed by R. K. Selvamani and produced by Kovai Thambi. The film stars Prashanth and Roja (in her acting debut) in the lead roles, while Mansoor Ali Khan, Nassar, Radha Ravi, and Bhanumathi play supporting roles. The film was partially re-shot in Telugu as Chamanti. The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, while editing was done by V. Udhayashankar and cinematography by Ravi Yadav. The film released on 17 April 1992 and was a super hit at the box office. It was remade in Hindi as Aao Pyar Karen and unofficially remade in Bangladeshi Bengali as Ontore Ontore, starring Bangladeshi Superstar Salman Shah.
The film is a story about the love of two teenagers from different social classes. Raja (Prashanth) is the grandson of a rich businesswoman (Bhanumathi) and is settled in London. He comes to a village in India to see his grandmother. Chembaruthi (Roja) is the sister of a poor fisherman Pandy (Radha Ravi), who works in Raja's grandmother's house. The couple first sees each other during Raja's birthday party, and it is love at first sight for Raja. They meet often, and their love grows leaps and bounds. Raja's grandmother wants him to marry Pinky (Adeen Khan), the daughter of a rich seafood exporter named Murugan (Nassar). At the party, they announce their interest of Raja with Pinky. Raja realizes that his relationship with the daughter of a poor fisherman is not taken kindly by his eccentric grandmother, and when she comes to know of Raja's love for Chembaruthi, she accuses Pandy of using his sister's beauty and charm to trap Raja for his money. She even offers Pandy cash to have Chembaruthi stop seeing Raja. Pandy feels very humiliated by this accusation and reciprocates by insulting Raja's grandmother. Their talk enters a deadlock and spells doom for Raja and Chembaruthi's tender love.
Raja's grandmother then get him engaged to be married to Pinky in order to establish business ties with her rich father. Murugan also has his sister betrother to a fisherman named Kumar (Mansoor Ali Khan), but Raja and Chembaruthi run away from home. Raja's grandmother announces a reward for anyone who can help find her grandson. Murugan decides that he wants the money. He and his goons find the lovers, abduct them, and lock them up in a boat. Raja fights for Chembaruthi and saves her from drowning in the sea. Raja's grandmother then realizes that their love is very strong, and she does not want to stand in the way of their happiness. She and Pandy accept their love and give their blessings to the union.
- Prashanth as Raja
- Roja as Chembaruthi
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Kumar
- Nassar as Murugan
- Radha Ravi as Paandi
- M. N. Nambiar as Raja's grandfather
- Satyanarayana as Raja's grandfather (Telugu version)
- Bhanumathi as Raja's grandmother
- Adeen Khan as Pinky
|Soundtrack album by|
|1.||"Sembaruthi Poovu"||Vaali||K. S. Chitra, Mano, Bhanumathi||4:52|
|2.||"Chalakku Chalakku"||Vaali||S. Janaki, Mano||4:54|
|3.||"Ada Vanjiram"||Piraisoodan||Malaysia Vasudevan, Chorus||1:12|
|4.||"Pattu Poove"||Muthulingam||S. Janaki, Mano||5:06|
|5.||"Nadandhal"||Piraisoodan||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:04|
|6.||"Nila Kayum"||Vaali||S. Janaki, Mano||4:49|
|8.||"Kadile Thanimaiyile"||Piraisoodan||Nagore E. M. Hanifa, Mano||5:06|
The Indian Express wrote the film is "akin to formula Hindi film" and praised the performances, music and cinematography.
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