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Directed by K.S. Sethu Madhavan
Produced by Indira Parthasarathy
Based on Uchi Veyyil
by Indira Parthasarathy
Starring Sivakumar
Music by L. Vaidyanathan
Cinematography D. Vasanth Kumar
Edited by G. Venkitaraman
Release date
1 January 1991[1]
Running time
80 minutes[1]
Country India
Language Tamil

Marupakkam (The Other Side) (1990) is an award-winning drama feature film directed by K.S. Sethu Madhavan. The film is in Tamil with English subtitles. The film is based on Tamil novel, Uchi Veyyil written by Indira Parthasarathy. It stars Sivakumar, Jayabharathi, and Radha. The film's music is composed by L. Vaidyanathan.

At the 38th National Film Awards, it won 3 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 is inspired by the novel Uchi Veyyil, written by Indira Parthasarathy.

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 diapproval 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]


The film has won the following awards since its release:

1991 National Film Awards (India) [4][5]


  1. ^ a b Dhananjayan 2014, p. 316.
  2. ^ Baskaran 2013, p. 164.
  3. ^ Dhananjayan 2014, p. 317.
  4. ^ "38th National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "38th National Film Awards (PDF)" (PDF). Directorate of Film Festivals. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 

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