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Padaiyappa (1999)

The death of Padaiyappa's father destroys his family. But his luck changes, and he is able to lead a prosperous life, until his nemesis plots to ruin his happiness once more.


K.S. Ravikumar


K.S. Ravikumar (story, screenplay, dialogue)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shivaji Ganesan ... Padaiyappa's Father
Rajinikanth ... Padaiyappa (as Rajnikanth)
Ramya Krishnan ... Nilambari (as Ramya Krishna)
Soundarya ... Vasundara
Abbas ... Chandru
Lakshmi ... Padaiyappa's Mother (as S.N. Lakshmi)
Manivannan ... Padaiyappa's Uncle
Radha Ravi ... Nilambari's father
Sithara ... Sister of padayappa
Nassar ... Suryaprakash (as Nasser)
Senthil ... Azhagesan
Ramesh Khanna ... Padaiyappa's Friend (as Ramesh Kanna)
Vadivukkarasi ... Vasundhra's mother
Sathyapriya Sathyapriya ... Neelambari's mother
Prakash Raj ... Inspector General of Police


The death of Padaiyappa's father destroys his family. But his luck changes, and he is able to lead a prosperous life, until his nemesis plots to ruin his happiness once more.

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Release Date:

10 April 1999 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Narasimha See more »

Filming Locations:

Mysore, Karnataka, India


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At one point, the makers were considering naming the film Neelambari but due to fear of potential protests from fans of Rajinikanth, the original title, Padayappa was retained. See more »


Bulls are colour-blind. They cannot see red, let alone develop a personal deep dislike for the said colour. See more »


Padaiyappa's Friend: The government is with them.
Padaiyappa: Just go, the God is with us
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Sung by S.P. Balasubrahmanyam and Harini
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The Best Mass Movie of All Time
17 March 2019 | by pennaracerSee all my reviews

My friends this is one of the best movies in Tamil Cinema especially the best style of Rajnikanth sir. This is a celebration of the time when he first became superstar and a trend setter. I don't know what is up with the reviewers of this movie. Sure this movie is set in the village but this is the best movie that is based in the village as nowadays village movies are not that great anymore. The story is nice and the plot was good. Sure there were some illogical parts but come on its a superstar movie. Ramya Krishnan just stole the show I mean her performance was amazing and she was the one of the highlights of this film. Soundarya was good as well especially her shyness and innocence. Nassar is good and Manivannan was quite funny. Senthil as usual his comedy is good and keeps the movie going. Abbas had an amazing presence as Padyappa's son in law and one of the best actors of the '90s and '00s. The whole supporting cast performed well as they really helped the main cast. Of course I couldn't forget about the one and only Sivaji Ganesan who had a memorable presence in this film especially as the father of Padayappa. It was a rare occasion to see even more than one superstar in one movie. To see Sivaji Ganesan as superstar of one generation and Rajnikanth the superstar of the next generation. A.R. Rahman gave the best songs and BGM for Superstar Rajnikanth's movie. This is among his best works and among the best music for Rajni sir among Ilayaraja, MS Viswanathan, and Deva. Sivaji Ganesan even to this day is one of the best actors of all time. May his soul rest in peace. Soundarya was one of the most sought after actresses during the '90s and '00s may her soul rest in peace. Manivannan may his soul rest in peace. Padyappa is among one of Rajnikanth's best movies. This is style done gracefully and not only a treat for Rajnikanth fans but a treat for Indian movie fans. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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