Panakkaran is a 1990 Tamil language film starring Rajinikanth and Gouthami. The film is a remake of Lawaaris, a 1981 Bollywood box office hit film starring Super Star Amitabh Bachchan. The film ran for more than 200 days and was declared a hit film.
The film marked the first time collaboration of Rajinikanth and P. Vasu. The success of the film prompted further collaborations between the pair. The pair went on to do Mannan 1992, Uzhaippali 1993, Chandramukhi 2005 and Kuselan 2008.