Chitirappavai was a serial telecasted in Doordarshan. The story was based on the novel of the famous and eminent writer, Akilan. The name of the novel is Chitirappavai and it won the prestigious Gnanapith award. The cast included, '
Vaishnavi Dhanraj, Naazar,
Ravi Raghavendra and others. The direction was done by director Selva and it was appreciated by the fans. The serial had the privilege of being the first teleserial with songs in it .The music was rendered by Balabharathi and it was one of the main reasons for the success of the serial.
With the strong and different story line, the serial made the audience wait for the telecast eagerly. The story revolved around Anandi, the heroine of the story, who was a soft spoken, kind natured lady with the helping tendency and patience. But when she underwent torture and hardships in her married life, she took the bold decision to walk out of her married life.
The characters Anandi, Annamalai and Saradha were unforgettable for the fans who enjoyed the serial. With the brilliant direction of Selva, produced by Kavithalaya productions, it ran for thirteen episodes successfully. The bold decision taken by Anandi made many of the conservative people raise their eyebrows in shock and surprise, but also it won applauds by many who were really awaiting revolution. The climax was shot excellently, that it won the hearts of many people. The serial and the story was infact, a guidance to build a healthy society.