Padikkadavan (1985 film)

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Directed byRajasekhar
Story byKader Khan
Produced byN. Veeraswamy
StarringSivaji Ganesan
CinematographyV. Ranga
Edited byR. Vittal
S. B. Mohan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Sri Eswari Productions
Release date
  • 11 November 1985 (1985-11-11)
Box officeest. 6 crores[1]

Padikkadavan (transl. Ignorant) 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 Rajasekhar. The younger brother of Rajendran after distressing from him finally joins with him. All three of them finally join after certain conviction regarding a death. It was released on 11 November 1985.[3]


Rajasekhar is the loving elder stepbrother of Rajendran aka Raja and Ramachandran aka Ramu. After his marriage, his wife Radha ousts Raja and Ramu from home while he is away. After some struggle, the two young brothers are adopted by Rahim, a Muslim. Raja, the older of the two, toils and becomes a taxi driver to educate his brother. As a taxi driver, he does what is right, such as stopping drug dealers. There, he meets Mary, a girl who smuggles drugs and alcohol while pretending to be pregnant. After sometime, she has a change of heart, and she and Raja fall in love.

Ramu, whom Raja believes to be an innocent person, strays and gets mixed up with some wrong-doers. He marries a girl named Manju, who is from a wealthy family, and later severs his ties with Raja when Raja discovers that he lied about passing an examination (when actually, he failed in the examination) and confronts him. Meanwhile, Manju's maternal uncle Chakravarthy is a smuggler who sells drugs using his older brother Vedhachalam's lorries. Chakravarthy later kills Vedhachalam, and frames Raja for the crime. Rajasekhar, the presiding judge for the case, realises that Raja is his long-lost brother. He then proceeds to have a heart attack, but then researches all night and returns as a defence lawyer to save him and proves that Chakravarthy is the one who murdered his own brother. A fight ensues between Chakravarthy and Raja, where Raja defeats Chakravarthy. In the end, Radha apologises for her old attitude with Raja and Ramu.



The music was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[4][5] The song "Oorai Therinchikitten" is set to the raga Keeravani.[6]

Song Singers Lyrics Length
"Jodi Kili" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, S. Janaki Vairamuthu 05:00
"Oorai Therinchikitten" K. J. Yesudas 04:07
"Oru Koottu" Malaysia Vasudevan 03:45
"Rajavukku Raja" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam Vaali 04:32
"Solli Adipenadi" Malaysia Vasudevan, S. Janaki Gangai Amaran 04:29


Jayamanmadhan (a duo) of Kalki praised Rajinikanth for his fight scenes, Ganesan for controlled acting, Ilaiyaraaja's music as melodious with praise directed towards the song "Oorai Therinjukitten" for its tune, lyrics and picturisation but felt Ambika was there only for glamour. The duo concluded the review saying due to the presence of Rajinikanth, the film looks brighter and also added the film which is backed up by great music, strong story will satisfy all audiences and the film will easily succeed.[7] Ananda Vikatan wrote that although is a simple masala story, director Rajasekhar should be applauded for giving a quality entertainment film with Ganesan quietly and Rajinikanth aggressively, though the critic felt the final dialogue was artificial.[8]


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  3. ^ கண்ணன், சுரேஷ் (15 June 2022). "படிக்காதவன்: சென்ட்டிமென்ட் - ஆக்ஷன் காம்போவில் கலக்கிய ரஜினி; டாக்ஸிக்கும் உயிர்கொடுத்த இயக்குநர்!". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). Archived from the original on 27 March 2023. Retrieved 26 November 2023.
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  6. ^ Sundararaman (2007) [2005]. Raga Chintamani: A Guide to Carnatic Ragas Through Tamil Film Music (2nd ed.). Pichhamal Chintamani. p. 150. OCLC 295034757.
  7. ^ ஜெயமன்மதன் (8 December 1985). "படிக்காதவன்". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 62. Archived from the original on 17 March 2023. Retrieved 17 March 2023.
  8. ^ "படிக்காதவன் - விகடன் விமர்சனம்". Ananda Vikatan (in Tamil). 1985. Archived from the original on 27 November 2023. Retrieved 27 November 2023 – via

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