- 172 hr
Padaiyappa is a 1999 Tamil-language action drama film directed by K. S. Ravikumar and starring Shivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, and Ramya Krishnan in lead roles along with Soundarya, Abbas, and Lakshmi. The movie was jointly produced by B. Venkatarama Reddy and G. Srinivasan and the music was composed by A. R. Rahman. The story revolves around Padaiyappa (Rajinikanth), a mechanical engineer who returns to his village after completing his education. He gets married to his cousin, Vasundhara Devi (Ramya Krishnan), and settles down to a peaceful life. But soon, he becomes embroiled in a family feud with his uncle (Sivaji Ganesan) who wants to acquire the ancestral property of Padaiyappa’s family. The movie shows the journey of Padaiyappa as he takes on his enemies and carves a path for himself.
Rajinikanth’s portrayal of Padaiyappa is one of his most iconic roles. His style, mannerisms, and dialogue delivery added depth to the character and endeared him to the audience. Ramya Krishnan, who played the role of Vasundhara Devi, delivered an exceptional performance as a wife who stands by her husband through thick and thin. Her chemistry with Rajinikanth was lauded by critics and the audience alike.
Sivaji Ganesan played the role of the antagonist in the movie, and his performance was top-notch, as usual. He brought depth to the character of Padaiyappa’s uncle and made the audience believe his motivations. Soundarya played the love interest of Padaiyappa and brought a breath of fresh air to the movie with her performance.
The music by A. R. Rahman is one of the highlights of the movie. The soundtrack had a mix of traditional and modern Tamil music, and each song added to the movie's narrative. “Minsara Kanna”, “Vetri Kodi Kattu”, and “Theeye Theeye” are some of the most popular songs from the movie.
The cinematography by K. S. Udhayashankar added to the movie’s grandeur. The rural setting was captured beautifully, and the action sequences were choreographed brilliantly. The movie’s art direction by Thotta Tharani was also top-notch, and the sets added to the movie’s authenticity.
Overall, Padaiyappa is a movie that has stood the test of time. It is a perfect blend of action, drama, and romance, and the performances by the lead actors are iconic. The movie’s soundtrack, cinematography, and art direction are also noteworthy. It is a must-watch for any fan of Tamil cinema.