Padayappa (1999)

 ●  Tamil ● 3 hrs

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Padayappa (Rajinikanth) is an engineer who visits his home town to attend his younger sister's (Sithara) engagement. His sister is engaged to Suryaprakash (Nasser), his maternal uncle's (Radha Ravi)'son. After this happy occasion, Padayappa's foster paternal uncle (Manivannan) demands a share in the family property. However, standing true to his words that the family property should not be divided, Padayappa's father (Sivaji Ganesan) bequeaths the entire property to him. His family is then forced to leave their home. Unable to bear this shock, his father suddenly dies. His sister's wedding is then cancelled because Suryaprakash chose to marry a rich girl with properties and thus married Padayappa's foster paternal uncle's daughter. Also, Nilambari (Ramya Krishnan), his maternal uncle's spoiled daughter and Suryaprakash's younger sister, is in love with him. Meanwhile, Padayappa finds out that the hill that he owns is made of granite, and he digs it out and becomes famous in the city as he uses the money in service of the poor. His family, once again, is able to settle down. His sister gets married to an engineer Padayappa hired, and Padayappa maintains his father's position in the village. Padayappa is in love with Vasundhara (Soundarya), Nilambari's servant. When Nilambari finds this out, she goes crazy. Her parents beg Padayappa's widowed mother to allow Nilambari to marry Padayappa. Padayappa obeys his mother's orders to get married. However, Padayappa's mother becomes wise and tells off her brother in front of the entire village, giving a proposal of marriage to Vasundhara's mother (Vadivukkarasi) instead of her brother, not letting her brother forget the humiliation he put her through when Padayappa's father died. Nilambari's dad commits suicide in humiliation. Nilambari tries to kill Vasundhara, but is not successful. After the wedding, Nilambari retreats into a room in Suryaprakash's house, only having Padayappa in her mind for 18 years. However, when Suryaprakash finally wakes her up, she plans her revenge on Padayappa, now a father of two adult daughters. Suryaprakash also has a son, Chandraprakash/Chandru (Abbas), who studies in the same college as Padayappa's elder daughter (Preetha Vijayakumar). Chandru is told by Nilambari that he should make Padayappa's daughter fall in love with him. At the same time, Padayappa plans to get his eldest daughter married to his sister's son. As a tradition in their village, the bridegroom and bride are asked if the both of them are not being forced to marry each other. Nilambari's plan is to make Padayappa's daughter say that she does not wish to get married to the bridegroom that her parents want her to marry and that she is in love with someone else, and in that process get Padayappa humiliated. Her plan works, but Padayappa retaliates and makes Chandru confess that he really fell in love with her, although he was told only to act. Padayappa decides to take him to his house for the marriage, with Nilambari and Suryaprakash chasing behind. The chase sees Suryaprakash killed in a car accident. After a dramatic fight scene, the marriage takes place. Nilambari reaches the temple where the marriage is conducted and in anger tries to kill Padayappa. But Padayappa succeeds in saving her life by preventing a bull from attacking her while dodging the bullets fired from the gun. Rather than live with the humiliation of knowing that she was unsuccessful in avenging her father's death and having her life saved by her enemy, Nilambari commits suicide. The film ends with Padayappa uttering "Athigamaa Aasaipadara Aambalaiyum Athigama Kovapadra Pombalaiyum Nalla Vaazhndhida Saritharame Kidaiyadhu" (There is no man who desires more and no women who gets angry more who has lived happily in history).

Cast: Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan, Soundarya Raghu

Crew: KS Ravikumar (Director), S Murthy Prasad (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance, Romantic Comedy

Release Dates: 09 Apr 1999 (India)

Tagline: My way is the ultimate way. Do not cross me on that way.

Tamil Name: படையப்பா

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Did you know? The success of this film inspired another film's title from one of its songs "Minsara Kann" which starred Vijay and actress Kushboo appeared in a strong negative role much similar to that of Ramya Krishnan's role. Read More
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as Padaiyappa
as Neelambari
as Vasundara
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as Suryaprakash's Assistant
as Padayappa's Mother
as Local landlord
as Chandru
as Suryaprakash
as Inspector General of Police
as Neelambari's Father
as Padaiyappa's Friend
as Padaiyappa's Uncle
as Neelambari's Mother
as Azhagesan
as Padayappa's Sister
as Padayappa's Father
as Vasundhra's Mother

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Language:
Tamil
Colour Info:
Color
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Stereoscopy:
No
01 
05:23
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
02 
06:17
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Srinivas, Nithyasree Mahadevan
03 
06:26
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam, Harini
04 
04:39
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Palghat Sriram
05 
05:27
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Mano, Febi Mani
06 
02:29
Music Director: AR Rahman
Composer: AR Rahman
Taglines:
My way is the ultimate way. Do not cross me on that way.
Anger is the cause of all miseries, One should know how to control it. Otherwise life would become miserable.
Goofs:
Factual Mistake
Bull are color-blind. Hence they cannot see red, let alone develop a dislike for the color.
Trivia:
This film's distributions rights were sold for $50,000 in Japan, the highest any Indian film has fetched for commercial release in 1999.

This was a huge success at the box office and ran for 275 days, subsequently became one of the biggest hits of Rajinikanth's career.

The success of this film inspired another film's title from one of its songs "Minsara Kann" which starred Vijay and actress Kushboo appeared in a strong negative role much similar to that of Ramya Krishnan's role.

This movie marks Rajinikanth's 150 movie.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Narasimha (Kannada)