Rishi Moolam

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Rishi Moolam
Rishi Moolam.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Story byMahendran
Produced byS. S. Karuppasamy
S. S. K. Sannasi
S. S. K. Sakaralingam
S. S. K. Ganesan
S. S. K. Murugan
StarringSivaji Ganesan
K. R. Vijaya
Major Sundarrajan
Suruli Rajan
Edited byR. Vittal
Music byIlaiyaraaja
S. S. K. Films
Release date
  • 26 January 1980 (1980-01-26)

Rishi Moolam (transl. The Origins of a Sage) is a 1980 Indian Tamil-language film, directed by S. P. Muthuraman and written by Mahendran. The film stars Sivaji Ganesan, K. R. Vijaya, Major Sundarrajan and Suruli Rajan.[1] It is based on Mahendran's play of the same name.[2] The film was released on 26 January 1980.[3]


SP Santhosh IPS has a past life. He hides that from his wife Gokila. Gokila loves her husband Santhosh and her son Ashok but at the same time she has a policy that she will forgive anything but not the lair.

At one point when she learns that her husband Santhosh was a petty thief, she confronts with him and leaves him and their son. She goes to her Justice father and lives at his home. She applies for the divorce in court but the judgement was given in favor of Santhosh.

Though Santhosh wins the case but still he is feeling guilty and resigns his SP job. Also he talk to Gokila and tell her that he will give her the divorce and leaves her with his son.

He finds a new job as a tea estate supervisor. He meets Thangam and request her to be the caretaker for his son. When he realises that the caretaker fall in love on him, Santhosh talked to her and get her married to a labor in his tea estate.

Meanwhile Gokila realises her mistake through her childhood teacher and in search of her husband and her son.

Time flies by and his son Ashok grows and become a champion in Tennis. Ashok has another name Amarnath and become a famous Tennis player. While hearing this Gokila and her father feels very happy. Gokila's father goes to meet Amarnath. Gokila too wishes to meet them. But the situations were not allowing her to meet him.

In the end, while observing that Amarnath aka Ashok hates her mother, now Santhosh and his friends play a drama and finally the entire family reunited.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4] The song "Neramithu" was composed at a hotel in Mamallapuram.[5]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Neramithu" Susheela, T. M. Soundararajan Kannadasan 04:34
2 "Vaada En" S. P. Sailaja 04:20
3 "Mazhai Varuvathu" Janaki 04:39
4 "Aymbathilum" T. M. Soundararajan 04:37
5 "Nenjil Ulla" Jayachandran 04:21
6 "Maamanukku" S.Janaki 04:36


  1. ^ "ரிஷி மூலம்". Kalki (in Tamil). 10 February 1980. p. 51. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  2. ^ Mahendran 2013, p. 108.
  3. ^ Mahendran 2013, p. 344.
  4. ^ "Rishimoolam". JioSaavn. 5 June 1979. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ Anand, N. (29 May 2019). "Ilaiyaraaja opens up about his spat with SPB". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.


  • Mahendran (2013) [2004]. Cinemavum Naanum [Cinema and I] (in Tamil). Karpagam Publications. OCLC 54777094.

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