Padayappa - 1999

Padayappa interesting facts:

Padayappa's story was taken in part from the historical Tamil novel, Ponniyin Selvan, by Kalki Krishnamurthy. Neelambari's character is based on Nandini, a vengeful character in the novel.

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.

From this film onwards, it has become necessary for Rajinikanth to wear a wig to cover his balding scalp.

Although he had another film released in 2000, 'Padaiyappa' is the last film Sivaji Ganesan acted in.

Awards won:

Filmfare Awards South 46th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress – Tamil Ramya Krishnan Won
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Tamil Nadu State film Awards – 1999 Best Film (first prize) K. S. Ravikumar Won
Best Actor Rajinikanth Won
Best Actress (Special Prize) Ramya Krishnan Won
Best Male Playback Singer Srinivas Won
Best Make-up Artist Sundaramoorthy Won


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