|Produced by||'Thirupur' Mani|
|Based on||Parasangada Gendethimma
by Srikrishna Alanahalli
|Cinematography||R. N. K. Prasad|
|Edited by||T. P. Sekar|
|18 May 1979|
|2 hours and 5 minutes|
Rosappu Ravikkaikari (lit. The girl with the rose-coloured blouse) is a 1979 Tamil language film directed by Devaraj–Mohan. The film stars Sivakumar, Deepa and Sivachandran. It is a remake of the 1978 Kannada film Parasangada Gendethimma which itself was adapted Srikrishna Alanahalli's novella of the same name. The film became a commercial success, and won Sivakumar the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.
In pre-independent India, villager Sembattayan is a straightforward man who wants to come up in life. He marries Nandhini, an educated urban girl who comes to live with him in his village. Nandhini meets Manickam, an educated urban man and falls in love with him. The villagers begin gossiping about their extramarital affair, but Sembattayan refuses to believe them, instead berating those who accuse his wife. One day, when Sembattayan returns home, he finds Nandhini and Manickam in the same bed. Traumatised, he commits suicide by drowning himself in a pond. Nandhini's guilt causes her to do the same.
Rosappu Ravikkaikari was directed by Devaraj–Mohan and produced by 'Thirupur' Mani under Vivekananda Pictures. It was Sivakumar's 100th film as an actor. It was remade from the 1978 Kannada film Parasangada Gendethimma, which itself was adapted from a novella of the same name by Srikrishna Alanahalli. Vinu Chakravarthy made his debut as actor in Tamil with this film. He worked on the Kannada film and it was Alanahalli who recommended him for the remake. The screenplay and dialogue were written by Krishna, while T. P. Sekar and R. N. K. Prasad worked as editor and cinematographer respectively.
In his book Tamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's Other Film Industry, Selvaraj Velayutham writes that films portraying adulterous heroines basically attempt to explore the complexities of womanhood and sexuality, citing Rosappu Ravikkaikari as an example.
|1.||"Vethale Vethale"||Gangai Amaran||Malaysia Vasudevan, Sivakumar||4:42|
|2.||"Maaman Oru Naal"||Gangai Amaran||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja||4:39|
|1.||"Uchi Vanguntheduthu"||Pulamaipithan||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja||4:40|
|2.||"Yennullil Yengo"||Gangai Amaran||Vani Jairam||4:16|
Release and reception
Rosappu Ravikkaikari was released on 18 May 1979. It was a commecial success, running for over 100 days in theatres. The magazine Ananda Vikatan, in a review dated 27 May 1979, rated the film 50 out of 100, praising Sivakumar's performance and the background score by Ilaiyaraaja. Film historian Randor Guy said the film would be remembered for the "Superb performance by Sivakumar and Ilaiyaraaja’s compositions". Sivakumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.
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