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Marupadiyum poster.jpg
Directed byBalu Mahendra
Produced byAshwin Kumar
Story byMahesh Bhatt
Nizhalgal Ravi
Arvind Swami
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byBalu Mahendra
Ashwin International
Release date
14 January 1993
Running time
139 minutes

Marupadiyum (lit. Again) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language drama film written, filmed and directed by Balu Mahendra. The film stars Revathi, Nizhalgal Ravi, Arvind Swami and Rohini. It is a remake of the 1982 Hindi film Arth. The film focuses on Thulasi, a wife caught up in marital discord, and her life henceforth.

Marupadiyum was released on 14 January 1993. The film was both a critical and commercial success. Revathi won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress at the 41st Filmfare Awards South for her performance as Thulasi.[1]


Thulasi (Revathi) is married to Muralikrishna (Nizhalgal Ravi), a movie director who has an extramarital affair with his star heroine Kavitha (Rohini). Thulasi discovers this intimacy between her husband and Kavitha but is treated with indifference by him. Muralikrishna moves on to get a divorce from Thulasi. Thulasi pleads with Muralikrishna not to proceed with the divorce and asks Kavitha to leave her husband, but both disagree to do so. Gowri Shankar (Arvind Swamy), a stranger, helps and befriends Thulasi after she leaves her husband. Kavitha faces mental anguish as she feels guilty with another woman's husband and becomes psychologically affected. Muralikrishna ends up in a dilemma between his wife and his lover. At a stage, Kavitha discards Muralikrishna, who approaches Thulasi, but she refused to accept him. Gowri Shankar turns into a dependable friend and asks Thulasi to marry him, but Thulasi has to choose her own path without getting into the marriage trap, Gowri accepts her decision and wishes her luck.



Although Marupadiyum is a remake of the Hindi film Arth (1982), director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra described it as being "dangerously close to [his] own life."[5] According to Rohini, he told her not to apply make-up to look fairer because of his preference for dark-skinned heroines who he considered were "more attractive and had different shades".[6]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7] The song "Aasai Athigam" is set in the carnatic raga known as Sindhu Bhairavi,[8] "Ellorukum Nalla Kaalam" is set in Suddha Dhanyasi,[9] and "Nalam Vazha" is set in Madhukauns.[10]

Track # Song Singer(s) Lyrics
1 "Aasai Athigam" S. Janaki Ravi Bharathi
2 "Ellorukum Nalla Kaalam" K. J. Yesudas Vaali
3 "Ellorum Sollu Pattu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali
4 "Nalam Vazha" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali
5 "Nallathor Veenai" S. Janaki Ravi Bharathi

Release and reception[edit]

Marupadiyum was released on 14 January 1993.[11] The Indian Express wrote that the film "looks more like a second-hand import of another man's experiences, told more beautifully no doubt, but not with equal finesse".[3] K. Vijiyin of New Straits Times wrote that it is "a slow-moving movie, not to be attempted when you are tired or sleepy."[4] No print of the film is known to survive,[12] but it is still available on home video.[13]


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  2. ^ a b Surendran, Anusha; Venkatraman, Janane (4 July 2017). "Tamil films are getting more modern, and more misogynistic". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 27 February 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d Mannath, Malini (22 January 1993). "New meaning". The Indian Express. p. 7.
  4. ^ a b Vijiyan, K. (20 March 1993). "A tale of infidelity and its sad consequences". New Straits Times. p. 13.
  5. ^ Kumar, P. K. Ajith (26 August 2010). "A life in cinema". The Hindu. ISSN 0971-751X. Archived from the original on 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ Muralidharan, Kavitha (27 March 2019). "Nayanthara Plays A Dark-Skinned Woman In 'Airaa': Have Dusky Characters Evolved In Tamil Cinema?". Silverscreen India. Retrieved 29 March 2019.
  7. ^ Ilaiyaraaja. "Marupadiyum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". iTunes. Archived from the original on 27 June 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 125.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 128.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 145.
  11. ^ Sundaram, Nandhu (27 June 2018). "From 'Gentleman' to 'Amaravathi' : Revisiting popular films which released 25 years ago". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 8 January 2019. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  12. ^ Subramanian, Karthik (7 December 2013). "Aayirathil Oruvan gets digitally enhanced". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 August 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  13. ^ "Marupadiyum." Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2019.


  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani.

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