Pudhea Paadhai

Pudhea Paadhai
Directed by R. Parthiban
Produced by A. Sundaram
Screenplay by R. Parthiban
Story by R. Parthiban
Starring R. Parthiban
Music by Chandrabose
Cinematography A. Rajpreet
Edited by M. N. Raja
Release dates
  • 14 April 1989 (1989-04-14)


Country India
Language Tamil

Pudhea Paadhai (English: New way/direction); often spelled as Pudhiya Paadhai) is a 1989 Tamil film written and directed by R. Parthiban.[2] Parthiban's directorial debut, it features himself in the lead role as an inhumane ruffian who gets reformed by his rape victim, portrayed by Seetha.[3][4] The film released to critical acclaim and emerged a box-office success, while also winning several accolades including two National Film Awards,[2][4] and two Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.[5] It was remade into Hindi as Benaam Badsha starring Anil Kapoor and Juhi Chawla in lead roles which did above-average business at the box-office.



Parthiban, an erstwhile assistant of K. Bhagyaraj made his directorial debut with this film. The film was initially titled as Kelvikkuri with Babji of Hemnag films producing it. However after shooting for 3 days, it was stopped.[5] Babji advised Parthiban to tell the story to Sundaram, a popular distributor. Sundaram liked the script and decided to produce the film. Though Parthiban was keen on roping another actor for the leading role but Sundaram wanted him to play the role.[5] Sundaram wanted the different title, he then selected Puthiya Paathai from the 50 titles shortlisted.[5] The film was made with a budget of 38 lakhs.[5]



Year Film Language Cast Director
1990 Hosa Jeevana Kannada Shankar Nag H. R. Bhargava
1991 Benaam Badsha Hindi Anil Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Shilpa Shirodkar K. Ravi Shankar
1996 Swarnakireedam Malayalam Manoj K. Jayan, Vani Viswanath, Kalabhavan Mani V. M. Vinu

Possible sequel

A sequel has been announced by Parthiepan.[8]



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