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Marupakkam (The Other Side).JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byK. S. Sethumadhavan
Produced byIndira Parthasarathy
Based onUchi Veyyil
by Indira Parthasarathy
Music byL. Vaidyanathan
CinematographyD. Vasanth Kumar
Edited byG. Venkitaraman
Release date
1 January 1991[1]
Running time
80 minutes

Marupakkam (English: The Other Side) is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language drama film directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan. It is based on the Tamil novel, Uchi Veyyil written by Indira Parthasarathy. The film stars Sivakumar, Jayabharathi, and Radha. Its' music is composed by L. Vaidyanathan.

At the 38th National Film Awards, Marupakkam won three National Film Awards, including the Golden Lotus Award for Best Film, making it the first Tamil film to win the award.[2] 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 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 disapproval 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.



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.[3]


Karan Bali wrote on, "Marupakkam’s biggest strength is that director KS Sethu Madhavan keeps it more layered, relatively more subtle than conventional Tamil cinema and as visual as he can."[4]


The film has won the following awards since its release:

1991 National Film Awards (India) [5][6]


  1. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 316.
  2. ^ Baskaran 2013, p. 164.
  3. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 317.
  4. ^ Bali, Karan (30 November 2017). "Marupakkam". Archived from the original on 3 December 2017. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  5. ^ "38th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  6. ^ "38th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012.

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