Porkkaalam poster


  • 30 Oct 1997

Porkkaalam is a 1997 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Cheran. The film has Murali, Meena, Sanghavi, Rajeshwari, and Vadivelu in key roles. It was later remade in Telugu, Kannada, and Hindi. Porkaalam was one of the 1997 Deepavali releases and became a huge success.




  • Status Released
  • Release date 30 Oct 1997


The film deals with the social stigma associated with a disabled girl in a rural milieu. Manikkam (Murali) is a potter by profession. He has a sister, who is born dumb. Murali has to struggle a lot as the handicraft industry is a dying industry and a good amount of money is taken away by his father (Manivannan), who is a drunkard and a gambler. But, he tries to hide his sorrows by having fun with his sister and servant (Vadivelu), who is also his trusted friend. He is in love with his neighbour Maragatham (Meena), a weaver. He wants to get his sister married to a noble man. But many reject her as she is dumb. Finally, one man agrees to marry his sister but on condition that Manikkam must offer dowry. Manikkam then sells many things dearer to him to get money for the dowry. But, that money is taken away by his father and the marriage falls through. Yet (Vadivelu) offers to marry his sister without asking dowry and Murali goes home along with Vadivelu to convey this happy news to his sister. But it was too late as the sister commits suicide. Manikkam as a penance decides to marry a disabled girl.

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