Padikkadavan (1985 film)

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Padikathavan 1985.jpg
Directed byRajasekhar
Produced byN. Veeraswamy
V. Ravichandran
Written byRajasekhar
Story byKader Khan
StarringSivaji Ganesan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
CinematographyV. Ranga
S. V. Srikanth
Edited byR. Vittal
S. B. Mohan
Sri Eswari Productions
Distributed bySri Eswari Productions
Release date
11 November 1985
Box office2.96 crore[1]

Padikkadavan (Tamil: படிக்காதவன்; English: Uneducated Man) is a 1985 Tamil film, directed by Rajasekhar. The story is about a man who strives hard to make his younger brother study. The two brothers are the step-brothers of Sivaji Ganesan. The younger brother of Rajinikanth after distressing from Rajinikanth finally joins with him. All three of them finally join together after certain conviction regarding a death.

The film was produced by noted Kannada actor Ravichandran along with his father Veerasami. The film was a huge blockbuster and had a run for more than 200 days breaking the box office records in many distribution territories for Tamil films. This film is considered as one of the biggest hits for Rajinikanth during the 1980s and increased his fan base among all classes of audience. It is a remake of the Hindi film Khud-Daar.[2]


Rajasekhar (Sivaji Ganesan) is the loving elder stepbrother of Rajendran (Rajinikanth) and Ramu (Vijay Babu). After his marriage, his wife (Vadivukkarasi) sends his brothers out when he goes to Chennai. Rajendran, the older of the two, toils and becomes a taxi driver to educate and bring up his brother, but his brother strays and gets mixed up with some wrong-doers. He marries a girl Manju (Ramya Krishnan) from a rich family. The girl's uncle (Jaishankar), is a smuggler who sells drugs using his older brother's lorries. Jaishankar later kills his brother and puts the blame on Rajendran. Rajasekhar, the presiding judge, realizes that Rajendran is his long-lost brother and returns as a lawyer to save him.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[3]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length (m:ss)
1 "Jodi Kili" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 05:00
2 "Oorai Therinchikitten" K. J. Yesudas 04:07
3 "Oru Koottu" Malaysia Vasudevan 03:45
4 "Rajavukku Raja" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali 04:32
5 "Solli Adipenadi" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 04:29


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  2. ^ Ramachandran, Naman (2014) [2012]. Rajinikanth: The Definitive Biography. New Delhi: Penguin Books. p. 111. ISBN 978-0-14-342111-5.
  3. ^ "Padikkadavan Songs". raaga. Retrieved 21 December 2013.

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