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Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 1987 (India)
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A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

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Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Balakumaran (dialogue), Rajasri (Telugu dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Velu Naicker (Sakthivelu)
Saranya Ponvannan ... Neela (as Saranya)
Delhi Ganesh ... Iyer
Janagaraj ... Selva
Karthika ... Charumati
Nassar ... Assistant Commissioner (as Nasser)
Tinnu Anand ... Ajit Kelkar
Nizhalgal Ravi ... Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao M.V. Vasudeva Rao ... Hussain Bhai
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Storyline

A small boy (Ratnavelu) from Tamilnadu sees his father, a labor leader, killed in cold blood by a policeman. He kills the policeman and runs away to the city of Bombay. From there, the story traces his ascent to become a mafia chief (Velu Naicker). Written by Sathyanarayanan Narayanaswamy <sathya@ntd.comsat.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi | English | Telugu

Release Date:

30 July 1987 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Nayagan See more »

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Trivia

In the scene in the brothel, Neela (Saranya) tells that she is studying in the 10th Grade/SSLC. But later in the scene when Velu (Kamal) flips her notebook one can clearly see the words "11 vaguppu" written in tamil which means "11th Grade" See more »

Quotes

Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
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Referenced in Aaha Kalyanam (2014) See more »

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Andhi Mazhai Megam
Written by: Pulamaipithan
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: T.L. Maharajan
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a maniratnam classic, ..brings out the tear drop in you.
26 February 2006 | by kr-aravindSee all my reviews

It is really difficult to express the experience of watching nayakan in words, the real life story about the transformation of a boy into a rebel and then a don, brilliantly portrayed by one of the greatest actors alive today, Kamal Hassan.

While the film draws little inspiration from "The Godfather trilogy", the emotions and trauma associated with many events , along with ilayaraja's rendition of 'thenpandi seemayile' , really does make this movie very special!, nothing to beat this one, among the best movies i have ever seen. I can rate it along with American beauty, shawshank redemption or even amelie.


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