|Produced by||Bharathi Reddy|
|Music by||Mani Sharma|
|Distributed by||Sun Pictures|
|Running time||158 minutes|
|Budget||18 crore (US$2.8 million)|
|Box office||35 crore (US$5.4 million)|
Padikathavan (English: Uneducated Man) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language action-comedy film written and directed by Suraaj. It stars Dhanush, Tamannaah Bhatia, Sayaji Shinde, Pratap Pothan, Suman and Atul Kulkarni in the lead roles and features a huge supporting cast in small pivotal and cameo roles. The film released on 14 January 2009 during Pongal. Was Super Hit at the Box-Office.
Radhakrishnan (Dhanush) alias Rocky is a 10th grade dropout youngster who is looked down upon by his father (Pratap Pothen), because of his sharp contrast to the rest of the family, who are well qualified in education. Rocky spends most of his time in a mechanic shop with his colleagues (Mayilsami, Nellai Siva and others). Rocky's friends advise him to love and marry a well educated girl so that his name will be added with her name after marriage ie, indirectly he gets a degree after his name.
So, earnestly he looks around by hovering around women's colleges to find a perfect girl for his mission. He finally succeeds in his attempt and makes Gayathri (Tamannaah Bhatia), a well-educated rich girl fall for him. He starts to honestly love her and takes her for shopping to a mall where she is confronted by a group of rogues who work for Rami Reddy (Sayaji Shinde) who is a rival of Samarasimma Reddy (Suman).
Her father is Samarasimma Reddy a notorious don in Andhra who protects her daughter (Gayathri) by destroying the gang and takes back Gayathri to Andhra Pradesh. The protagonist goes to Assault Arumugam (Vivek), a thug-for-hire, to help him marry his love interest. Dhanush saves Gayathri from Rami Reddy (Sayaji Shinde) and follows her to her home, where he realizes that another Thirunelveli rowdy Kasi Anandan (Atul Kulkarni), whose brother he accidentally kills in a flashback, has put a price on his head. Kasi declares that if Rocky wins him in a hand to hand combat he will never be disturbed by him. Rocky accepts his deal and smashes Kasi down.
The movie ends as Rocky walks out after smashing Kasi while his gang appreciate him by clapping.
- Dhanush as Radhakrishnan (Rocky)
- Tamannaah Bhatia as Gayathri
- Vivek as Assault Arumugam
- Suman as Samarasimma Reddy
- Atul Kulkarni as Kasi Anandan
- Sayaji Shinde as Rami Reddy
- Pratap Pothan as Ramakrishnan
- Devadarshini as Kousalya Gowtham
- Chetan as Gowtham
- Dr. Sharmila as Kavitha
- Mayilsamy as Mayilsamy
- Suman Shetty as Samarasimha Reddy
- Nellai Siva
- Santhana Bharathi.
- Kadhal Thandapani
- Madhan Bob
- Mahandhi Shankar as Subba Rao
- Crane Manohar as Appa Rao
- Balu Anand
- Karate Raja
- Ennatha Kannaiya
- Bonda Mani
|Soundtrack album by Mani Sharma|
|Mani Sharma chronology|
|1||Hey Vetri Velaa||Ranjith, Naveen Madhav||4:50||Pa. Vijay|
|2||Hey Rosu Rosu||Ranjith, Jaey||5:00||Thabu Shankar||from Athiti|
|3||Raanki Rangamma||Malathi Lakshman, Udit Narayan||4:47||Pa. Vijay||from Choodalani Vundi song : Ramma Chilakamma|
|4||Kadavulum Kadhalum||Karthik, Harini||5:17||Snehan||from Yuvatha|
|5||Appa Amma Vilayattu||Ranjith, Saindhavi||4:44||Snehan||from Adavi Ramudu|