Rishi Moolam

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Rishi Moolam
Theatrical release poster
Directed byS. P. Muthuraman
Written byMahendran
Based onRishi Moolam (play)
by Mahendran
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
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 and K. R. Vijaya. It is based on Mahendran's play of the same name. The film was released on 26 January 1980.[1]


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, upon learning that her husband Santhosh was a petty thief, she confronts with him and leaves him and their son. She moves into her father's home, who is a Justice and applies for divorce in court but the judgement is 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. Kokila'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.



Rishimoolam was based on the stage play of the same name. Mahendran who wrote the script of the play also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation.[2] It was Muthuraman's third collaboration with Ganesan. The song "Aimbadhilum Aasai Varum" was shot in Kallikottai, Kerala.[3]


The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja, with lyrics by Kannadasan.[4][5] The song "Neramithu" was composed at a hotel in Mamallapuram.[6]

Song Singers Length
"Neramithu" P. Susheela, T. M. Soundararajan 04:34
"Vaada En" S. P. Sailaja 04:20
"Mazhai Varuvathu" S. Janaki 04:39
"Aymbathilum" T. M. Soundararajan 04:37
"Nenjil Ulla" Jayachandran 04:21
"Maamanukku" S. Janaki 04:36


P. S. M. of Kalki wrote that, rather than dwelving deep about the weak plot, the film can be watched for the performances of Ganesan and Vijaya.[7]


  1. ^ Mahendran 2013, p. 344.
  2. ^ Mahendran 2013, p. 108.
  3. ^ முத்துராமன், எஸ்.பி. (28 October 2015). "சினிமா எடுத்துப் பார் 32: ரஜினி சொன்ன பதில்!". Hindu Tamil Thisai (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 11 March 2023. Retrieved 11 March 2023.
  4. ^ "Rishimoolam". JioSaavn. 5 June 1979. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Rishimoolam Tamil Film EP Vinyl Record by Ilayaraaja". Macsendisk. Archived from the original on 19 October 2022. Retrieved 19 October 2022.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ பி.எஸ்.எம். (10 February 1980). "ரிஷி மூலம்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 51. Archived from the original on 11 April 2024. Retrieved 11 April 2024 – via Internet Archive.


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

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