Padikkadhavan (1985)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 46 mins

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This intense social drama follows an offbeat family consisting of Sivaji, the loving elder step-brother of Rajendran a.k.a. Raja (Rajinikanth) and Vijaybabu. After his marriage, his wife (Vadivukkarasi) throws his brothers out, while he's out on a trip to Chennai. Raja, the older of the two, toils and becomes a taxi driver to educate and treat his brother. But his brother strays and gets mixed up with some miscreants. He marries a girl (Ramya Krishnan) from a wealthy family. The girl's uncle (Jaishankar), is a smuggler who sells drugs using his brother's lorries, kills him and entraps Raja for the death. When Sivaji, the presiding judge, realises with shock and joy that the 'criminal' on trial is none other than his long-lost brother, he resigns as the judge and returns as a lawyer to save him. Will Sivaji succeed in exposing the truth and ensuring that Raja gets free?

Cast: Ambika Ravikanth, Rajinikanth

Crew: Rajasekhar Ramanathan (Director), V Ranga (Director of Photography), Ilaiyaraaja (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Comedy, Drama, Family

Release Dates: 11 Nov 1985 (India)

Tamil Name: படிக்காதவன்

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as Rajendran/Raja
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as Kabali
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as Manju
as Baldev Kashiram Pandey
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as Radha

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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 
05:00
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: S Janaki, SP Balasubramaniam
02 
04:07
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: KJ Yesudas
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03:45
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Composer: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Malaysia Vasudevan
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04:32
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Vaali
Composer: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: SP Balasubramaniam
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04:29
Music Director: Ilaiyaraaja
Lyricist: Gangai Amaran
Composer: Ilaiyaraaja
Playback Singer: Malaysia Vasudevan, S Janaki
Trivia:
This film is was one of the biggest hits for Rajnikanth during the 1980s and its phenomenal success is credited for having increased his fan base among all sections of audience.

This 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 movie was a remake of the Hindi movie Khud-Daar (1982), which starred Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjeev Kumar and Vinod Mehra.

The Sinhala movie "Come or go Chicago" is a remake of this movie.

This film was produced by noted Kannada actor Ravichandran along with his father Veerasami.
Movie Connection(s):
Title inspired by: Padikkathavan (Tamil)
Remake of: Khud-Daar (Hindi)