Marupadiyum poster


  • 14 Jan 1993
  • 2h 18m
  • Drama, Family
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  • Status Released
  • Release date 14 Jan 1993
  • Running time 2h 18m
  • Genres Drama, Family


Thulasi, who grew up as an orphan girl and always dreamt of owning a house, becomes insecure when she finds that she and her husband, Muralikrishna, have to leave the apartment they rent. The twist that occurred when Murali gives her the keys of a new house proves to be double-edged, when it is revealed that he is in love with another woman, Kavitha, with whom he earned the money (in the film industry) for the new apartment. While previously giving advice to her maid cheated by her husband, now Thulasi becomes herself involved in a similar situation.

When Murali deserts Thulasi for Kavitha, she chooses to leave the apartment for a women's hostel with only ₹2,000 (equivalent to ₹12,000 or US$150 in 2020) that she had when she got married. She is helped by Gowrishankar, a singer, to surpass the difficulties of life as a single person, to find a job and to rely morally on herself. Gowrishankar and Thulasi become good friends. Gradually, Kavitha's mental instability deepens her fears of insecurity, even after Murali requests Thulasi to sign the divorce papers.

Gowrishankar falls in love with Thulasi and proposes to her. She refuses, saying she is empty and cannot give him anything. Gowrishankar tries to persuade her saying that she cannot spend the rest of her life feeling miserable about the past and that she should try to find a new life for herself. Thulasi promises to think about it.

Thulasi's maid, whose only aim in life is to secure a good education for her daughter, has saved ₹1,000 (equivalent to ₹6,200 or US$77 in 2020) towards her admission fees. She finds out that her drunk husband has stolen the money. Enraged, she searches for him only to find him spending all the money. She murders him, goes to the police station and confesses her crime. Worried about her daughter, she calls Thulasi who promises to take care of the daughter.

After the insistence of Kavitha's mother and her personal doctor, Thulasi personally assures Kavitha that she is not interested in Murali anymore. However, Thulasi's attitude only convinces Kavitha that breaking Thulasi's marriage was a mistake. To escape from her feeling of guilt and insecurity, she breaks up with Murali. The latter tries to revive his relation with Thulasi, but is rejected.

Thulasi continues to live with her maid's daughter and refuses to marry Gowrishankar saying that she has found a new meaning to life in being independent and being a mother to the child and marrying Gowrishankar will only weaken her. Gowrishankar agrees, and wishes Thulasi well as she prepares to lead an independent life.

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