|Directed by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Produced by||Krishna Rao
|Written by||Jyothi Krishna
Sainath (story discussions)
|Screenplay by||K. S. Ravikumar|
|Story by||Arunachala Story Team|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Studio||Arunachala Cine Creations|
|Running time||183 minutes|
|Box office||300 million (US$4.6 million)|
Padayappa is a 1999 Tamil drama film written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar. The film features Rajinikanth, Soundarya and Ramya Krishnan playing lead roles, whilst Sivaji Ganesan, Abbas, Lakshmi and Nassar play pivotal supporting roles. With soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, it was highly successful at the box office.It ran nearly 275 days,Superstar Rajini proves be a true Box office King and Once again it makes all people like *SUPERSTAR RAJINIKANTH* Terrific Performance of his MASS Style and acting in this movie, previous all time Mega Hit Blockbuster Movies like *Muthu,Baasha & Arunachalam*.
Padayappa (Superstar Rajinikanth) is an engineer who visits his home town to attend his younger sister's (Sithara) engagement. His sister is engaged to Suryaprakash (Nasser), his maternal uncle's (Radha Ravi)'son. After this happy occasion, Padayappa's foster paternal uncle (Manivannan) demands a share in the family property. However, standing true to his words that the family property should not be divided, Padayappa's father (Sivaji Ganesan) bequeaths the entire property to him.
His family is then forced to leave their home. Unable to bear this shock, his father suddenly dies. His sister's wedding is then cancelled because Suryaprakash chose to marry a rich girl with properties and thus married Padayappa's foster paternal uncle's daughter. Also, Nilambari (Ramya Krishnan), his maternal uncle's spoiled daughter and Suryaprakash's younger sister, is in love with him.
Meanwhile, Padayappa finds out that the hill that he owns is made of granite, and he digs it out and becomes famous in the city as he uses the money in service of the poor. His family, once again, is able to settle down. His sister gets married to an engineer Padayappa hired, and Padayappa maintains his father's position in the village.
Padayappa is in love with Vasundhara (Soundarya), Nilambari's servant. When Nilambari finds this out, she goes crazy. Her parents beg Padayappa's widowed mother to allow Nilambari to marry Padayappa. Padayappa obeys his mother's orders to get married. However, Padayappa's mother becomes wise and tells off her brother in front of the entire village, giving a proposal of marriage to Vasundhara's mother (Vadivukkarasi) instead of her brother, not letting her brother forget the humiliation he put her through when Padayappa's father died. Nilambari's dad commits suicide in humiliation. Nilambari tries to kill Vasundhara, but is not successful.
After the wedding, Nilambari retreats into a room in Suryaprakash's house, only having Padayappa in her mind for 18 years. However, when Suryaprakash finally wakes her up, she plans her revenge on Padayappa, now a father of two adult daughters. Suryaprakash also has a son, Chandraprakash/Chandru (Abbas), who studies in the same college as Padayappa's elder daughter (Preetha Vijayakumar). Chandru is told by Nilambari that he should make Padayappa's daughter fall in love with him. At the same time, Padayappa plans to get his eldest daughter married to his sister's son.
As a tradition in their village, the bridegroom and bride are asked if the both of them are not being forced to marry each other. Nilambari's plan is to make Padayappa's daughter say that she does not wish to get married to the bridegroom that her parents want her to marry and that she is in love with someone else, and in that process get Padayappa humiliated.
Her plan works, but Padayappa retaliates and makes Chandru confess that he really fell in love with her, although he was told only to act. Padayappa decides to take him to his house for the marriage, with Nilambari and Suryaprakash chasing behind. The chase sees Suryaprakash killed in a car accident.
After a dramatic fight scene, the marriage takes place. Nilambari reaches the temple where the marriage is conducted and in anger tries to kill Padayappa. But Padayappa succeeds in saving her life by preventing a bull from attacking her while dodging the bullets fired from the gun. Rather than live with the humiliation of knowing that she was unsuccessful in avenging her father's death and having her life saved by her enemy, Nilambari commits suicide. The film ends with Padayappa uttering "Athigamaa Aasaipadara Aambalaiyum Athigama Kovapadra Pombalaiyum Nalla Vaazhndhida Saritharame Kidaiyadhu" (There is no man who desires more and no women who gets angry more who has lived happily in history).
- Superstar Rajinikanth as Aarupadayappan
- Sivaji Ganesan as Aarupadayappan's father
- Ramya Krishnan as Nilambari
- Soundarya as Vasundhara
- Lakshmi as Aarupadayappan's Mother
- Sithara as Aarupadayappan's Sister
- Radharavi as Suryaprakash and Neelambari's Father
- Nassar as Suryaprakash
- Manivannan as Aarupadayappan's Uncle
- Senthil as Azhagesan
- Abbas as Chandraprakash
- Anu Mohan as Chinnarasu
- Ramesh Khanna
- Vadivukkarasi as Vasundhara's Mother
- Mansoor Ali Khan (actor) as Money Lender
- Vasu Vikram
- Raja Ravinder
- Viji Chandrasekhar
- Vijay Sarathy
- Prakash Raj as Police (special appearance)
- K. S. Ravikumar in a special appearance
- Kanal Kannan in a cameo appearance
In December 1997, *Superstar Rajinikanth* announced that his next film would be directed by K. S. Ravikumar, who had made the successful 1995 film Muthu with the actor. Filming was initially slated to begin in April 1998 but the FEFSI strike delayed proceedings and Ravikumar was only able to complete his previous film Natpukkaga by June 1998. The film was further delayed when Ravikumar accepted to quickly remake Natpukkaga in Telugu as Sneham Kosam with Chiranjeevi in the lead. Padayappa was subsequently launched at Ragavendra Kalyana Mandapam on 1 October 1998. The film began its shoot in December 1998 and continued at the AVM Studios throughout the month. Reports suggested that the film's title may be changed to Giri during production to avoid any religious connotations, but the makers of the film later opted to go through with the original title.
Ramya Krishnan replaced Simran in the film and thus made a comeback in Tamil films after k.s ravikumar impressed with her performance in Ammoru. Actress Shalini who had appeared in a series of successful Tamil and Malayalam films in the late 1990s was first approached to play the role of Padayappa's sister in the film, which she refused eventually handing the role to Sithara. The film's climax was shot in the first schedule itself.
The film opened on 9 April 1999, five days prior to the Tamil New Year, and took the biggest opening ever with 200 prints being released and 700,000 audio cassettes sold. The film's rights were sold to distributors in Japan for $50,000, the highest any Indian film has fetched for commercial release in 1999.
The New Indian Express labelled it a "heady cocktail of comedy, action, songs, sentiment and the usual mannerisms", while also praising the performances from the duo. The Deccan Herald also gave the film a positive verdict claiming that the "positive energy generated by this film is simply astounding", labelling Rajinikanth's role as "terrific". However the Times of India was critical of the film's allusions to the actor's political career and labelled that there's "more style than substance".
Ramya Krishnan won the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award for portraying the character of Nilambari and critics lapped up her performance. The success of the film led to a film being named after a song, "Minsara Kanna" starring Vijay with actress Kushboo appearing in a strong negative role much alike Ramya Krishnan's in Padayappa.
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
Scored by A. R. Rahman and lyrics penned by Vairamuthu, the movie features a successful and critically acclaimed soundtrack. It was reported that the audio shops ran out of cassettes and had to put up boards notifying that it was out of stock.
|1.||"En Peru Padayappa"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam||5:23|
|2.||"Minsara Kanna"||Srinivas, Nithyasree Mahadevan||6:17|
|3.||"Suthi Suthi"||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Harini & Savitha Reddy||6:26|
|4.||"Vetri Kodi"||Palghat Sreeram & Chorus||4:39|
|5.||"Kikku Yerudhey"||Mano, Febi||5:27|
The initial final cut of Padayappa's sequel lasted for 22 reels, which was too lengthy for a Tamil film. Even after numerous viewing, neither Rajinikanth nor Ravikumar were able to trim the film, as they felt the flow was "very smooth and gentle". Rajinikanth even suggested to Ravikumar to continue with 22 reel length and instead allott two intervals for the film. Ravikumar was however wary of the idea of allotting two intervals and hence went to Kamal Haasan for suggestion, Haasan's Nayagan also was initially 22 reels. With the earlier experience it was Haasan who suggested the cuts and brought Padayappa down to 16 reels. Kumudam reporter Kannan who came to know about the extra reels asked Rajinikanth to release the remaining film as Padayappa's second part. Rajinikanth who was fascinated by the idea immediately enquired Ravikumar on the possibility, but Ravikumar revealed that those reels were destroyed.
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