Marupadiyum (transl. Again) is a 1993 Indian Tamil-language drama film written, filmed and directed by Balu Mahendra. The film stars Revathi, Nizhalgal Ravi, Arvind Swami and Rohini. It is a remake of the 1982 Hindi film Arth. The film focuses on Thulasi, a wife caught up in marital discord, and her life henceforth. It was released on 14 January 1993. Revathi won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her performance.

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Directed byBalu Mahendra
Produced byAshwin Kumar
Story byMahesh Bhatt
Nizhalgal Ravi
Arvind Swami
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyBalu Mahendra
Edited byBalu Mahendra
Ashwin International
Release date
  • 14 January 1993 (1993-01-14)
Running time
139 minutes


Thulasi and Muralikrishna are a couple who have been married for five years. Muralikrishna, a film director starts a new directional venture and with some advance money he buys a new apartment for himself and Thulasi. Muralikrishna is having an extramarital affair with his star heroine Kavitha. He reveals this intimacy between Kavitha and himself to Thulasi, which makes Thulasi very much shocked. Muralikrishna moves on to get a divorce from Thulasi. Thulasi pleads with Muralikrishna not to proceed with the divorce and asks Kavitha to leave her husband, but both disagree to do so. Gowri Shankar, a singer, helps and befriends Thulasi after she leaves her husband. Kavitha faces mental anguish as she feels guilty with another woman's husband and becomes psychologically affected. Muralikrishna ends up in a dilemma between his wife and his lover. At a stage, Kavitha discards Muralikrishna, who approaches Thulasi, but she refused to accept him. Gowri Shankar turns into a dependable friend and asks Thulasi to marry him, but Thulasi has to choose her own path without getting into the marriage trap, Gowri accepts her decision and wishes her luck.



Although Marupadiyum is a remake of the Hindi film Arth (1982), director and cinematographer Balu Mahendra described it as being "dangerously close to [his] own life."[4] According to Rohini, he told her not to apply make-up to look fairer because of his preference for dark-skinned heroines who he considered were "more attractive and had different shades".[5] Revathi initially wanted to play the role of the extramarital lover, but ultimately got the role of the wife.[6]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[7] The song "Aasai Athigam" is set in the Carnatic raga known as Sindhu Bhairavi,[8] "Ellorukum Nalla Kaalam" is set in Suddha Dhanyasi,[9] and "Nalam Vazha" is set in Madhukauns.[10] For the Telugu-dubbed version Director Gari Pellam, all songs were written by Rajashri.[11]

1."Aasai Athigam"Ravi BharathiS. Janaki4:59
2."Ellorukum Nalla Kaalam"VaaliK. J. Yesudas3:32
3."Ellorum Sollu Pattu"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:53
4."Nalam Vaazha"VaaliS. P. Balasubrahmanyam4:59
5."Nallathor Veenai"Ravi BharathiS. Janaki4:24
1."Ninne Kalavani"S. Janaki5:15
2."Antaanu Okamaata"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:10
3."Ee Vela"S. P. Balasubrahmanyam5:16
4."Ide Nizam"K. J. Yesudas3:42
5."Naa Mano Veena"S. Janaki4:42

Release and receptionEdit

Marupadiyum was released on 14 January 1993.[12] The Indian Express wrote that the film "looks more like a second-hand import of another man's experiences, told more beautifully no doubt, but not with equal finesse".[2] K. Vijiyin of New Straits Times wrote that it is "a slow-moving movie, not to be attempted when you are tired or sleepy."[3] At the 41st Filmfare Awards South, Revathi won the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her performance.[13] No print of the film is known to survive,[14] but it is still available on home video.[15]


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  2. ^ a b c d Mannath, Malini (22 January 1993). "New meaning". The Indian Express. p. 7.
  3. ^ a b c Vijiyan, K. (20 March 1993). "A tale of infidelity and its sad consequences". New Straits Times. p. 13.
  4. ^ Kumar, P. K. Ajith (26 August 2010). "A life in cinema". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
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  6. ^ Lalwani, Vickey (25 January 2021). "Exclusive! Arth Remake: Shabana Azmi giving inputs and Bobby Deol to sport two looks in a story narrated from a man's point of view". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 26 January 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  7. ^ Ilaiyaraaja. "Marupadiyum (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – EP". Apple Music. Archived from the original on 16 February 2021. Retrieved 16 February 2021.
  8. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 125.
  9. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 128.
  10. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 145.
  11. ^ "Director Gari Pellam". Spotify. Archived from the original on 16 February 2021. Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  12. ^ Sundaram, Nandhu (27 June 2018). "From 'Gentleman' to 'Amaravathi' : Revisiting popular films which released 25 years ago". The News Minute. Archived from the original on 28 December 2020. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  13. ^ "My Awards". Archived from the original on 11 September 2007. Retrieved 12 May 2017.
  14. ^ Subramanian, Karthik (7 December 2013). "Aayirathil Oruvan gets digitally enhanced". The Hindu. Archived from the original on 30 August 2015. Retrieved 7 January 2019.
  15. ^ "Marupadiyum." Archived from the original on 4 December 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2019.


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