Oruththi (transl. A Girl) is a 2003 Indian Tamil language film directed by Amshan Kumar.[1]

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Directed byAmshan Kumar
Based onKidai
by Ki. Rajanarayanan
Bharati Mani
Thomas Ober
Ram Saravana
CinematographyP.S. Dharan
Edited byS. Satish & J.N. Harsha
Music byL. Vaidyanathan
Release date
  • 26 December 2003 (2003-12-26)

It was selected for the 2003 International Film Festival of India and was screened in the Indian Panorama Section.[2][3] It also won a special award from the Pondicherry government.[4]


Set in 1884 in rural South India, this film is an adaptation of a classic tale. Sevani (Poorvaja) with her bold nature brings timely relief to the entire village from their tyrannical landlord. Overwhelmed, the villagers want to repay their gratitude. However, they find the oppressed caste girl Sevani's proposal to marry the dominant caste boy Ellappan (Ganesh) totally unthinkable. It is a blow to the innocent Sevani who comes to realize that everything is judged not by what people do but by the caste into which they are born. Sevani does not agree to anything less than a proper marriage. She opposes their decision and chooses to be with the people of her own caste. Her only possession is a quill pen left by the visiting English official (Thomas Ober), the strokes of which changed the destiny of the village people .

The film is a celebration of the indomitable will of a girl challenging the social customs, and by her very act, she sows the early seeds for emancipation of women.


  • Poorvaja as Sevani
  • Ganesh Babu as Ellappan
  • Raju
  • Balasingh
  • Bharati Mani
  • Thomas Ober
  • Ram Saravana


Oruththi received critical acclaim, with all the reviewers praising the film for its natural treatment.[5][6] The music by L.Vaidyanathan also received positive reception.[7]


  1. ^ "Oruththi". www.chennaionline.com. Archived from the original on 15 October 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2022.
  2. ^ "INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL OF INDIA 2003 : Indian Panorama 2003 : Feature Films". Directorate of Film Festivals. 2003. Archived from the original on 1 June 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Indian Panorama (Feature Film) - Press Release : ORUTHTHI Synopsis". Press Information Bureau Government of India. 2003.
  4. ^ "Charmed by celluloid". The Hindu. 3 March 2011.
  5. ^ ""Oruththi" — a taste of 'other' cinema". The Hindu. 10 October 2004. Archived from the original on 29 January 2005.
  6. ^ "Azhagiyal , Yadhaartham — Oruththi(Tamil)". Dinamani. 2009.
  7. ^ "A tale rooted in the soil". The Hindu. 28 November 2003. Archived from the original on 12 January 2004.

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