Padayappa is a 1999 Indian Tamil-language drama film, written and directed by K. S. Ravikumar, and featuring Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan and Soundarya in the lead roles, with Abbas, Lakshmi, Radha Ravi and Nassar in supporting roles. The soundtrack album and background score were composed by A. R. Rahman.
The plot revolves around Padayappa (Rajinikanth), an engineer whose father (Sivaji Ganesan) dies of shock soon after he is defrauded and loses his property to his foster brother (Manivannan). Neelambari (Ramya Krishnan) initially loves Padayappa, but plans to take revenge on him and his love interest Vasundhara (Soundarya) after his family humiliates her father (Radha Ravi). The rest of the story deals with Padayappa climbing back to financial success and arranging his daughters’ marriage while overcoming all the obstacles placed by Neelambari.
Principal photography for the film began in October 1998. Padayappa was released on 10 April 1999 on the eve of Tamil New Year’s Day. This was the first Tamil film to be released worldwide with 210 prints and 700,000 audio cassettes. It became Tamil cinema’s highest-grossing film at that point. Ramya Krishnan’s performance was praised, winning her a Filmfare Award under the Best Actress category. The film also won five Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
Directed by K. S. Ravikumar
Produced by K. Sathya Narayana, M. V. Krishna Rao, H. Vittal Prasad & P. L. Thenappan
Written by K. S. Ravikumar
Starring Sivaji Ganesan, Rajinikanth, Ramya Krishnan, Soundarya
Music by A. R. Rahman
Cinematography S. Murthy & Prasad
Edited by K. Thanigachalam
Production Arunachala Cine Creations
Release date 10 April 1999