Padikkadavan (1985 film)

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Padikathavan 1985.jpg
Directed byRajasekhar
Written byRajasekhar
Story byKader Khan
Produced byN. Veeraswamy
V. Ravichandran
StarringSivaji Ganesan
Edited byR. Vittal
S. B. Mohan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Sri Eswari Productions
Distributed bySri Eswari Productions
Release date
11 November 1985
Box office6 crore[1]

Padikkadavan (transl. Uneducated Man) is a 1985 Indian Tamil-language action drama film, starring Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth and Ambika. It is directed by Rajasekhar. The film was produced by Kannada actor Ravichandran along with his father N. Veeraswamy. It is a remake of the Hindi film Khud-Daar (1982). [2]

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 a blockbuster and had a run for more than 250 days. This film is considered as one of the biggest hits for Rajinikanth during the 1980s.


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 Madras. Rajendran, the older of the two, toils and becomes a taxi driver to educate and bring up his brother. As a taxi driver, he does what's right, such as stopping drug dealers. His brother, who he believes to be the innocent and well-educated man, strays and gets mixed up with some wrong-doers. He marries a girl Manju (Ramya Krishnan) from a wealthy family. The girl's uncle Chakravarthy(Jaishankar), is a smuggler who sells drugs using his older brother's lorries. Chakravarthy later kills his brother and blames Rajendran. Rajasekhar, the presiding judge, realizes that Rajendran is his long-lost brother. He then proceeds to have a heart attack but then researches all night 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


  1. ^ Raghu, Sunita (4 May 2014). "Southern Supernova". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 1 March 2021.
  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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