|Produced by||K. Balachandran
K. N. Ilamurugan
|Editing by||P. Venkateshwara Rao|
|Studio||M. R. Films International|
|Distributed by||M. R. Films International|
|Running time||160 minutes|
Amaidhi Padai (Tamil: அமைதிப்படை) is a 1994 Tamil film directed by Manivannan. Sathyaraj played a dual role as father and son in the film which had Ranjitha playing the female lead. The story revolves around an ordinary man who builds his political career through short routes. This film is touted as one of Sathyaraj's best performances till date. The film was followed by the sequel Nagaraja Cholan MA, MLA in 2013 also starring Naam Tamilar Katchi's Seeman. It went on to run more than 25 weeks and declared a super hit movie.
- Sathyaraj as Amavasai/Thangavel
- Manivannan as Mani
- Ranjitha as Kuyili
- Sujatha as Sivakami
- Kasthuri as Thayamma
- R. Sundarrajan
- S. S. Chandran
Amavasai (Sathyaraj), a nomad and locally known fool gets connected to a politician Mani (Manivannan). Amavasai helps Mani with some petty tasks during election campaign and meetings. Amavasai grows into a well acclaimed helper for Mani. Meanwhile Amavasai falls in love with thayamma(Kasthuri). Mani instructs Amavasai to stand for MLA election on his party ticket. Amavasai wins and becomes the MLA. He forgets his relationship with Kasthuri and rejects her pregnancy and child. Also he rejects Mani's help and offers him a role under him. He changes his name to Nagaraja Cholan for gaining status. He offers to marry the daughter of local landlord, Sivakami (Sujatha) and even cheats him of his Palace. Over years Amavasai grows into a matured politician, criminal and corrupt. He builds a strong political empire through shortcuts. His ego and pride to remain in power made him kill many. Amavasai's son Thangavel (also Sathyaraj) through Kasthuri comes out as a police constable who is deputed in Amavasai's constituency. Thangavel comes to know of his real father and about his betrayal of his Mother and also his corrupt practices. Thangavel seeks revenge. Meanwhile Amavasai as an MLA is accused of many illegal practices. The story further revolves around how Amavasai and Thangavel proceed in their battle and finally who wins the battle.
Sathyaraj was enjoying a good success as lead actor, when his friend Manivannan narrated the script of "Amaidhipadai" to Sathyaraj he rejected the script as he was not interested to play negative role but after being impressed by narration he accepted to play the role.
|1||Sollividu Velli Nilave||Mano, Swarnalatha|
|2||Enakku Unnai Ninaicha||Swarnalatha|
|3||Ada Naan Aatchu||Mano|
|4||Muthumani Ther Irukku||Mano, S. Janaki|
|5||Vetri Varuthu||Mano, SN. Surendar, Deepan Chakravarthy|
|7||Ippadai Thorkin Eppadai Vellum|
Amaidhi Padai emerged victorious among the Pongal releases of 1994, winning the race against other successful films like Kamal Haasan's Mahanadi and Vijayakanth's Sethupathi IPS. It was praised by film critics who declared the film an Asathal Padai.
|1994||M. Dharmaraju M.A.||Telugu||Mohan Babu, Sujatha, Surabhi||Raviraja Pinisetty||Hit|
|1995||Jallaad||Hindi||Mithun Chakraborty, Moushmi Chatterjee, Rambha, Madhoo||T L V Prasad||Hit|