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Rosappu Ravikkaikari
Rosappu Ravikkaikari.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDevaraj–Mohan
Produced byThirupur Mani
Screenplay byKrishna
Based onParasangada Gendethimma
by Srikrishna Alanahalli
StarringSivakumar
Deepa
Sivachandran
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyR. N. K. Prasad
Edited byT. P. Sekar
Production
company
Release date
18 May 1979
Running time
124 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

Rosappu Ravikkaikari (lit. The girl with the rose-coloured blouse) is a 1979 Tamil language romance film directed by Devaraj–Mohan and produced by Thirupur Mani. The film stars Sivakumar, Deepa and Sivachandran. It is a remake of the 1978 Kannada film Parasangada Gendethimma, itself adapted Srikrishna Alanahalli's novella of the same name, and is Sivakumar's 100th film as an actor. The film, set in pre-independent India, was released on 18 May 1979 and became a commercial success. For his performance, Sivakumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.

Plot[edit]

In pre-independent India, villager Sembattayan is a straight forward man who wants to come up in life. He marries Nandhini, an educated urban woman who comes to live with him in his village. Her mother-in-law is a strict woman who opposes her dressing and style. Nandhini is the first woman in the village to wear a flower blouse and does make up whereas the other ladies just draped the saree around. She tries to adjust with the surroundings though she feels uneasy. Nandhini meets Manickam, an educated urban man and falls in love with him. She starts comparing both the men and dislikes the way her husband dresses and behaves. Day by day she starts falling for 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, and each person in the village speculates about the reason for the suicides differently.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Rosappu Ravikkaikari was directed by the duo Devaraj–Mohan and produced by Thirupur Mani under Vivekananda Pictures.[4] It was Sivakumar's 100th film as an actor,[5] and was remade from the 1978 Kannada film Parasangada Gendethimma,[6] which itself was adapted from a novella of the same name by Srikrishna Alanahalli.[7] Vinu Chakravarthy made his debut as an actor in Tamil with this film. He worked on the Kannada film and it was Alanahalli who recommended him for the remake.[8] The screenplay and dialogue were written by Vijay Krishnaraj (credited simply as Krishna), making his cinematic debut.[9] T. P. Sekar and R. N. K. Prasad worked as editor and cinematographer respectively.[10]

Themes[edit]

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.[11]

Soundtrack[edit]

The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja,[12] while the lyrics were written by Pulamaipithan and Gangai Amaran.[10][1] The song "Maaman Oru Naal" is set in the carnatic raga known as Harikambhoji (also known as Hari Kambhodhi),[13][14] while "Yennullil Yengo" is set in the Madhuvanti raga.[15][16]

Side A[17]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Vethale Vethale"Gangai AmaranMalaysia Vasudevan, Sivakumar4:42
2."Maaman Oru Naal"Gangai AmaranS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja4:39
Side B[17]
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Uchi Vanguntheduthu"PulamaipithanS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. P. Sailaja4:40
2."Yennullil Yengo"Gangai AmaranVani Jairam4:16

Release and reception[edit]

Rosappu Ravikkaikari was released on 18 May 1979.[18] The film received an "A" (adults only) certificate after three cuts.[19] It received critical acclaim,[20] and became a commercial success, running for over 100 days in theatres.[4][5] The Tamil 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.[21] Film historian Randor Guy said the film would be remembered for the "Superb performance by Sivakumar and Ilaiyaraaja's compositions".[1] Sivakumar won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Tamil.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Guy, Randor (23 July 2016). "Blast from the past: Rosapoo Ravikaikari (1979)". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b "ரோசாப்பூ ரவிக்கைக்காரி - ஒரு மீள்பார்வை" [Rosappu Ravikkaikari: An Overview]. Keetru (in Tamil). 19 February 2010. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  3. ^ Peter, Petlee (17 September 2012). "Tamil comedian 'Loose' Mohan passes away". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 14 May 2018.
  4. ^ a b "பிளாஷ்பேக்: சமூக புரட்சியை ஏற்படுத்திய ரோசாப்பூ ரவிக்கைக்காரி" [Flashback: Rosappu Ravikkaikari created social waves]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 8 February 2017. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b "சிவகுமாரின் 100-வது படம் ரோசாப்பூ ரவிக்கைக்காரி" [Sivakumar's 100th film Rosappu Ravikkaikari]. Maalai Malar (in Tamil). 30 April 2016. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Top ten Kannada films to have been remade". The Times of India. 26 December 2013. Archived from the original on 27 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  7. ^ Vamanan (3 May 2017). "From 'Silk' to sensitive tales, Vinu left his imprints behind". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 January 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Profile of Vinu Chakravarthy". Lakshman Sruthi. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  9. ^ "நல்ல பெயர் கெடைச்சிருக்கு!" [I've earned a good name!]. Dinamalar (in Tamil). 10 February 2019. Archived from the original on 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.
  10. ^ a b Rosappu Ravikkaikari [The girl with the rose-coloured blouse] (motion picture) (in Tamil). Vivekananda Pictures. 1979. Opening credits, from 0:27 to 2:50.
  11. ^ Velayutham, Selvaraj (2008). Tamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's Other Film Industry. Routledge. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-203-93037-3. Archived from the original on 21 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Rosapoo Ravikaikari (1979)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  13. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 141.
  14. ^ Mani, Charulatha (6 December 2013). "Positively tranquil". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 4 February 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2018.
  15. ^ Mani, Charulatha (9 November 2012). "Twice as nice". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 28 April 2018. Retrieved 28 April 2018.
  16. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 130.
  17. ^ a b Ilaiyaraaja. "Rosapoo Ravikkaikkari". Discogs. Archived from the original on 25 February 2018. Retrieved 25 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Rosaappo Ravikkai Kaari". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018. Retrieved 5 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Rosappu Ravikkaikari (Tamil)". The Gazette of India. No. 419. 16 February 1980. p. 986.
  20. ^ Srinivasan, Sheilu; Amar, Swati (June 2014). "Throw the Past into Garbage. What are You Now?" (PDF). Dignity Dialogue. p. 15.
  21. ^ "ரோசாப்பூ ரவிக்கைக்காரி" [The girl with the rose-coloured blouse]. Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 27 May 1979. Archived from the original on 5 February 2018.
  22. ^ The Times of India Directory and Year Book Including Who's who. Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd. 1984. p. 234.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani.

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