Padikkadavan (2009 film)

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For the 1985 Tamil movie of the same name, see Padikkadavan (1985 film)

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Directed bySuraj
Produced byBharathi Reddy
Written bySuraj
Atul Kulkarni
Sayaji Shinde
Prathap Pothan
Music byMani Sharma
CinematographyA. Venkatesh
Edited byManoj
Distributed bySun Pictures
Release date
  • 14 January 2009 (2009-01-14)
Running time
160 minutes
Box office17 crores

Padikkadavan (English: Illiterate) is a 2009 Indian Tamil-language action comedy film written and directed by Suraj. It stars Dhanush, Tamannaah, Vivek, Sayaji Shinde, Atul Kulkarni, Suman, and Pratap Pothan in the lead roles[1] amongst a huge supporting cast in small pivotal and cameo roles. The music was composed by Mani Sharma with cinematography by A. Venkatesh and editing by Manoj. The film released on 14 January 2009 during Pongal and received a huge positive response.[2][2] The film was successful grossing 17 crore in Tamil Nadu and established Dhanush as one of top five saleable heroes of Tamil cinema then.[3] Filming began in March 2008 and was released in Pongal 2009.


Radhakrishnan alias Rocky (Dhanush) is a 10th grade dropout youngster who is looked down upon by his father Ramakrishnan (Pratap Pothan) 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 friends. Rocky's friends advise him to love and marry a well-educated girl so his name will be added with her name after marriage (i.e. indirectly he gets a degree after his name). He looks around by hovering around women's colleges to find a perfect girl for his mission. He succeeds in his attempt and makes Gayathri (Tamannaah), a well-educated rich girl, fall in love with him. He starts to love her and takes her to a shopping mall where she is confronted by a group of rogues who work for Rami Reddy (Sayaji Shinde), a rival of her father Samarasimha Reddy (Suman), a notorious don in Andhra Pradesh who protects his daughter by destroying the gang and taking her back to Andhra from Tamil Nadu. Rocky goes to thug-for-hire Assault Arumugam (Vivek) to help him marry Gayathri. Rocky saves Gayathri from Rami and follows her home, where he realizes that another Thirunelveli rowdy named Kasi Anandan (Atul Kulkarni), whose brother (Sashikumar) he accidentally kills, has put a price on his head. Kasi declares that if Rocky wins him in hand-to-hand combat, he will never be disturbed by him. Rocky accepts his deal and smashes him down. The movie ends as Rocky walks out while his gang applauds for him.



The soundtrack consists of fives songs composed by Mani Sharma. The song "Raanki Rangamma" has become one of the greatest dance song ever composed and a Mega hit on the charts with rave reviews on its music and picturisation.

No. Song Singers Length (min:sec) Lyrics Notes
1 "Hey Vetri Velaa" Ranjith, Naveen Madhav 4:50 P. Vijay
2 "Hey Rosu Rosu" Jey, Ranjith 5:00 Thabu Shankar from Athidhi
3 "Raanki Rangamma" Udit Narayan, Malathy Lakshman 4:47 P. Vijay from Choodalani Vundi
4 "Kadavulum Kadhalum" Karthik, Harini 5:17 Snehan from Yuvatha
5 "Appa Amma Vilayattu" Ranjith, Saindhavi 4:44 Snehan from Adavi Ramudu


  1. ^ Dhanush pairs with Tamannaah! -
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Padikkathavan grossed 17 crore in Tamil Nadu
  4. ^ ".Padikkathavan - Hey Vetri Velaa Video Dhanush, Manisarma". Youtube. 9 January 2015. Retrieved 28 October 2015.

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