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Athiradi Padai

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Athiradi Padai
Directed byR. K. Selvamani
Written byR. K. Selvamani
Produced byK. Rajarathnam
CinematographyM. V. Panneerselvam
Edited byV. Udhayashankar
Music byIlaiyaraaja
R. K. Star Productions
Release date
  • 10 February 1994 (1994-02-10)

Athiradi Padai in Tamil / Samaram in Telugu (pronunciation) is a 1994 Indian bilingual action film directed by R. K. Selvamani. The film stars Rahman, Suman, and Roja whilst Lakshmi, Vijayakumar and Silk Smitha play supporting roles. It was released on 10 February 1994.[1]


The film is loosely based on acid attack on Chandralekha IAS.

IAS officer Chitralekha (Lakshmi) refuses to clear public land at low price to Adhiseshan (Puneet Issar). Adiseshan gave 30 crores to CM Ramachandra Moorthy (Kota srinivasa Rao/Vinu Chakravarthy) Adiseshan tries to halt investigation by throwing acid on Chitralekha's face, sending goons to attack her daughter Bharathi (Roja), giving sedated chocolate to Chitra's younger daughter and humiliating her in public. When the IAS officer refuses to back down, Adiseshan kills her by hanging and makes it look like suicide.

Bharathi (Roja) receives a courier containing evidences of Adiseshan and politicians scam. She plans to expose this to the public through press meet. But another politician (Mansoor Ali Khan) who promised to help her betrays and her younger sister is raped and killed by Adiseshan. She kills Mansoor Ali Khan in rage and sentenced to prison. She also finds her father (Vijayakumar) is in prison on false case.

In prison, she suffers unnecessary torture at hands of police and finally she joins rahman's gang and uncovers the truth. Finally she kills Adiseshan (Puneet Issar).



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[2]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Ada Jaangurey" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Muthulingam 05:43
"Ennachu" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 05:09
"Jing Jikka" Mano, K. S. Chithra 02:47
"Kattalagu Pappa" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Muthulingam 05:05
"Senthaazhum" K. S. Chithra Kamakodiyan 01:12
"Vennilavin" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 05:02
"Yammaadi" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vaali 01:26
Telugu [3]
Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Are Changura Changure" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra Bhuvana Chandra 05:43
"Vennelalo Mallelalo" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 05:09
"Ammadee Ammadee" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki 02:47
"Bangaru Podharinta" Ilaiyaraaja, K. S. Chithra 05:05
"Konare Konare" K. S. Chithra 01:12
"Ekkadadhi Guvva" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra 05:02


Malini Mannath of The Indian Express wrote that Selvamani's "Athiradippadai [..] has more of imagination gone astray and less of reality" and "unlike the smooth transition from scene to scene in his earlier films, here the narration is jerky".[4] R. P. R. of Kalki found cinematography as the only appreciable aspect of the film calling angles and lighting of Hollywood type and found no other positive aspects from the film.[5]


  1. ^ "adhiradipadai ( 1994 )". Cinesouth. Archived from the original on 29 October 2006. Retrieved 20 January 2023.
  2. ^ "Athiradi Padai (1994)". Raaga.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Samaram". JioSaavn. Archived from the original on 20 January 2023. Retrieved 20 July 2021.
  4. ^ Mannath, Malini (18 February 1994). "Not so slick". The Indian Express. p. 6. Archived from the original on 27 May 2024. Retrieved 20 January 2023 – via Google News Archive.
  5. ^ ஆர்.பி.ஆர் (6 March 1994). "அதிரடிப்படை". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 17. Archived from the original on 25 February 2024. Retrieved 14 February 2023 – via Internet Archive.

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