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GenreSoap opera
Developed byZee Tamil
Directed by
  • Ram Kumaradhas (Episode 1-100)
  • Sulaiman. K. Babu (Episode 101-455)
  • P. Neeravi Pandian (Episode 456 Present)
  • Karthik Raj
  • Shabana Shajahan
  • Priya Raman
  • Janani Ashok Kumar
  • VJ Kathir
  • Sanjay Kumar Asrani
Theme music composerVishal Chandrasekhar
Opening theme"Un Peyaril"
(Wedding Song)
Ending theme"Sondhangal Serndhade"
Country of originIndia
Original language(s)Tamil
Producer(s)Bala Sundaram
Production location(s)Tamil Nadu
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeapprox. 22–24 minutes per episode
Original networkZee Tamil
Picture format1080i HDTV 576i SDTV
Original releaseOctober 16, 2017 (2017-10-16) –
Related showsMudda Mandaram

Sembaruthi (Tamil: செம்பருத்தி) (transl. Hibiscus) is a popular Indian Tamil-language romance and family drama on Zee Tamil starring Karthik Raj and Shabana Shajahan, both of them became a popular pair on television with Priya Raman in the lead roles. While Janani Ashok Kumar, VJ Kathir, Sanjay Kumar Asrani, Lakshmi and VJ Mounika playing in supporting roles. .[1] It is currently airing every day.

This series started from 16 October 2017 on Everyday at 9.00PM (IST) time slot. The story is about a maid Parvathi marries a rich man Aadhitya against his mother Akhilandeshwari.

Synopsis[change | change source]

The story about a rich, strong-willed and stubborn woman, Akhilandeshwari and her elder son Aadhithya's intense love story with Parvathi, a servant working as a cook and how issues spiral out of control to affect their relationship. And also his brother Arun and his wife Aishwarya supports them. Their marriage would be the plot of the story and how the pair faces various turmoils occurring in the form of Vanaja and her cronies forms the rest of the story.

Cast[change | change source]

Main cast[change | change source]

  • Karthik Raj as Aadhi / 'Aadhikadavur'Aadithya Purshothaman
    • The elder son of Akhilandeshwari and Purshothaman. Caring and Lovable Husband of Parvathi. He is a calm, intelligent and serious individual who is in love with Parvathi and eventually marries her, without his mother Akhilandeshwari's knowledge.
  • Shabana Shajahan [2] as Parvathi Aadithya
    • A young and beautiful village girl, who is employed by Akhilandeshwari as her home cook. She is eldest daughter-in-law of Akiladeshwari and Pursothaman She is dutiful,beautiful and naive but is also strong willed and determined at times .She saved Akhilandeshwari's family many times in many ways. She is also in love with Aadithya whom she marries later and becomes Aadhi's wife.
  • Priya Raman as 'Aadhikadavur' Akhilandeshwari / Akhila Purshothaman [3]
    • A rich, strong willed and stubborn woman, Akhilandeshwari is one who expects perfection in everything. She is the mother of Aadhi and Arun, and Mother-in-law of Aishwariya and Parvathi and wife of Purshothaman. She is the de facto head of the house. She is unaware of her son's love and eventual marriage to Parvathi. Although stubborn, she can be caring at times and is good at heart. Atlast She comes to know about Aadhi's Marriage to Parvathi.

Supporting cast[change | change source]

  • Narasimha Raju as Sundaram:
    • Parvathi and Ganesha's father who is employed as the faithful driver of Akhilandeshwari's family who is working there for more than 25 years. He is loyal to Akhilandeshwari for her kindness and He Knows that Aadhi and His Daughter got married.
  • Sanjay Kumar Asrani as Purshothaman:
    • Akhilandeshwari's husband. Father of Aadhi and Arun and Father-in-law of Aishwariya and Parvathi. He is calm and patient, unlike his wife. He approves of Adithya's marriage to Parvathi.
  • Janani Ashok Kumar as Aishwarya Arun
    • Arun's wife and Youngest Daughter-in-law of Akilandeshwari and Purshothaman She is a weak-minded woman; initially hostile to Parvathi before her marriage to Arun, then starts caring for her and empathizing her. She is now aware of Parvathi and Adithya's marriage and she supports them.
  • VJ Kathir as 'Aadhikadavur'Arun Purushothaman:
    • The enthusiastic younger son of Akhilandeshwari and Purshothaman and Caring and Lovable Husband of Aishwariya. He is a lively man who is in support of his brother's love. At initial stage Arun was a playboy but, Arun is married to Aishwarya, whom he despised initially. Now they are closer in life.
  • Lakshmi as Vanaja
    • She is co-Sister of the Akilandeshwari. She is evil and Main Antagonist, cunning and always crafts plans to split the family and ruin Parvathi's reputation. She wants to take revenge against Akhiladeshwari, Purushothaman, Aadhi, Arun, Aishwariya and Parvathi. She is joint with Nandhini and plotting against them.
  • Dhashwanth as Ganesh
    • Parvathi's younger brother, Sundaram's son. He helps her sister in her love. He wants to become a collector and he loves his sister and father very much.
  • Sridevi Ashok (2017-2018) / Mounika (2018-Present) as Nandhini (Antagonist)
    • Adithya's ex-fiancée. Nandhini is a crafty woman who seeks to revenge on Akhilandeshwari's family for humiliating her. She belongs to the Nagapuri Vamsam (Enemy of Adhikadavur Family). She joins hands with Vanaja to take revenge against them.
  • Sumathi Sree (2017-2018) / Jayanthi (2018- Present) as Pattamma
    • A faithfull servent and cook of Akilandeshwari's family, who takes care Parvathi as a mother and she helps Parvathi from danger situations.
  • Singapore Deepan as Vadivelu @ Vadivu:
    • Relative of Vanaja. Comic and good hearted person who dislikes Vanaja and supports Aadhi and Parvathi's love.

Formar cast[change | change source]

  • Bharatha Naidu as Mithra (2017-2020) (Died in the serial)
    • Nandini's sister who is the other ex-fiancée of Adithya. Like her sister, she also seeks revenge on Akhilandeshwari's family, albeit secretly. She is the nemesis of Parvathi.
  • Shyam (2017-2019) / Saif Ali Khan (2020-Present) as Shyam:
    • Adithya's loyal and best friend. Adithya shares his feelings only with him and Arun.[4]
  • Jenifer as Uma:
    • Vanaja's simpleton niece who doesn't "think before she leaps." She is also a blabbermouth and foodie.
  • VJ Lekha as Sindhu:
    • Akhilandeshwari's Personal Assistant (PA) and Shyam's love interest.
  • Pradeep as Ragu
    • Aadhi's Assistant, who helps Adhi for the logo eye which was Parvathi's Eyes

Title[change | change source]

This title was taken from a 1992 Sembaruthi feature film starring Prashanth and Roja. The English meaning of this title is Hibiscus.

Reception and impact[change | change source]

On August 2019, Zee Tamil held a grand event to celebrate the success of Sembaruthi.

Lingustic Versions[change | change source]

The show is remade into Malayalam under the title Chembarathi (TV series) which is being aired on Zee Keralam and also as Paaru on Zee Kannada. [5][6] Language Title Original release Network(s) Episodes (23 June 2020)
1 Telugu Muddha Mandaram
ముద్ద మందిరం
17th November 2014 – 26 December 2019 Zee Telugu 1580
2 Tamil Sembaruthi
9 October 2017-present Zee Tamil Ongoing
3 Malayalam Chembaruthi
26th November 2018-present Zee Keralam Ongoing
4 Kannada Paru
21st December 2018-present Zee Kannada Ongoing

Broadcast[change | change source]

The Series was released on 16 October 2017 on Zee Tamil and from 16 October 2017 on Zee Tamil HD. The Show was also broadcast internationally on Channel's international distribution.

References[change | change source]

  1. "TV Serial Sembaruthi completes 150 episodes". Times of India.
  2. "செம்பருத்தி தொடரில் நடிக்கும் ஷபானா" (in Tamil).
  3. "10-12 years ago, acting in a soap was the death knell for a movie star: Priya Raman". Retrieved 2018-02-04.
  4. "Sembaruthi: Actor Saif Ali Khan replaces Shyam". Times of India.
  5. "Chembarathi, a new serial". Times of India.
  6. "Watch new serial Paaru from Monday". Times of India.

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