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Manithanin Marupakkam

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Manithanin Marupakkam
Directed byK. Rangaraj
Written byA. L. Narayanan (dialogues)
Story byDennis Joseph
Produced byT. G. Thyagarajan
G. Saravanan
Jai Jagadish
CinematographyDinesh Baboo
Edited byK. R. Krishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Release date
  • 25 July 1986 (1986-07-25)

Manithanin Marupakkam (transl. The other side of mankind) is a 1986 Indian Tamil-language crime thriller film, directed by K. Rangaraj and produced by T. G. Thyagarajan and G. Saravanan of Sathya Jyothi Films. The film stars Sivakumar, Radha, Jayashree and Jai Jagadish. A remake of the Malayalam film Nirakkoottu,[1] it revolves around Ravi Varma (Sivakumar), who is sentenced to death for murdering his wife Kala (Radha), telling his story to his wife's sister Sujatha (Jayashree), a news reporter, about the true story of what happened. The film was released on 25 July 1986.[2] The film's producer and director simultaneously made a Kannada remake of this film titled Sathya Jyothi in the same year.


Sujatha joins as a news reporter in a Tamil daily named Dhinakkural. She is assigned to interview Ravi Varma, who has been sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Kala, who is Sujatha's sister. The Supreme Court had sentenced Ravi to death and president also rejected Ravi's appeal. Sujatha covers and publishes the story of Ravi Varma and is well acclaimed and appreciated by owner, her boss, during the official meeting. They were also surprised on a feedback letter that had reached Dhinakkural office regarding the published article.

Ravi Varma is a wealthy man and the owner of an advertising agency. Kala was employed as a clerk in a firm, and is a classical dancer too. Ravi had met Kala during a dance program hosted at the club. He had then proposed with an offer for Kala join his advertising agency as a model, which Kala rejects instantly. However, on losing her job as a clerk and her family (consisting of an ill ridden father, a younger sister and brother) being dependent on her income, she is forced to join Ravi's advertising agency. The advertising agency flourishes well with the utilisation of Kala's modelling skills. A carrier oriented Ravi, in order to make Kala stay with his firm always, proposes to Kala and they get register married.

After a week long honeymoon, Ravi force his wife to pose for modelling with a half-dressed costume, which Kala couldn't accept. This leads to indifference in their family life. Once Ravi learns that his wife is pregnant, argument begins again regarding the fatherhood of the conceived child, and Ravi asks his wife to move out of his house. Kala then takes shelter in her friend, Dr. Saradha's house. Divorce was filed by Ravi, and it was granted with the verdict that Ravi needs to compensate his wife and child on a monthly basis until the child becomes youth. A frustrated Ravi visits Kala and tells her that he will pay all the compensation for a single time and brutally murders her with the knife he brought with him.

A day before his scheduled execution, Ravi Varma escapes prison, and accidentally meets Sujatha. He learns that Sujatha and Kala are sisters and informs the truth. Ravi loved Kala a lot and never pressured her for any modelling assignments. Arjun used to blackmail Kala, by showing Kala's nude photographs which he had clicked. Fearing social stigma Kala divorces Ravi unwillingly. Arjun later tries to molest Kala, kills her and flees. Since Ravi was on the murder spot he is taken into custody by the police.

To avenge the same Ravi escapes from the prison and kills Arjun.



The film's title had been taken from a separate uncompleted film directed by K. Balachander starring Rajinikanth.[3] This was Sivakumar's 150th film as an actor.[4]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[5][6]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Santhosam Indru" K. S. Chithra Vairamuthu 04.21
"Kannanai Kanpaya" K. S. Chithra Na. Kamarasan 03:58
"Oomai Nenjin Sontham" K. J. Yesudas Vairamuthu 02:50
"Kallukkulle" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Pulamaipithan 04.24


Jayamanmadhan of Kalki said the film proved that the combination of a different story and perfect screenplay would make the director's job easy, and also appreciated the cast performances.[7]


  1. ^ Saawariya, Meenu (5 November 2016). "Mammootty's Longest Running Movies Ever". Malayalamemagazine.com. Archived from the original on 8 November 2016. Retrieved 4 July 2018.
  2. ^ "மனிதனின் மறுபக்கம் / Manithanin Marupakkam (1986)". Screen 4 Screen. Archived from the original on 18 November 2023. Retrieved 12 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Incomplete Rajini film". Cinesouth. 18 March 2004. Archived from the original on 3 April 2004. Retrieved 12 December 2020.
  4. ^ "சிவகுமார் மீது ஜெயஸ்ரீ கூறிய பழி". Anna (in Tamil). 16 March 1986. p. 3. Retrieved 4 June 2024 – via Endangered Archives Programme.
  5. ^ "Manithanin Marupakkam ( Super 7 , 33/ RPM )". AVDigital. Archived from the original on 13 August 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Manithanin Maruppakkam (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". Spotify. 23 April 2014. Archived from the original on 11 November 2022. Retrieved 11 November 2022.
  7. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (17 August 1986). "மனிதனின் மறுபக்கம்". Kalki (in Tamil). pp. 30–31. Archived from the original on 22 June 2023. Retrieved 23 April 2024 – via Internet Archive.

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