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Nayakan (1987)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  31 July 1987 (India)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Velunayakan
Saranya Ponvannan ...
Neela (as Saranya)
Janagaraj ...
Selva
Tinnu Anand ...
Ajit Singh
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Delhi Ganesh ...
Iyer
Nizhalgal Ravi ...
Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao ...
Vaapa
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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), the breakup and deaths in his family, and then till his assasination at the hands of the lunatic son of another policeman who he killed in a fight. Written by Sathyanarayanan Narayanaswamy <sathya@ntd.comsat.com>

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This film is inspired by the true story of Mumbai based Tamil gangster of the 80s, Varadarajan Mudaliar. See more »

Quotes

Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
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Remade as Dayavan (1988) See more »

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Nila Adhu Vaanathumele
Written by: Ilayaraja
Produced by: Ilayaraja
Performed by: Ilayaraja
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The Godfather comes to Tamil, with a difference
14 August 2001 | by (Fremont, CA) – See all my reviews

Even though Nayagan seems like a compressed version of The Godfather series and despite the fact that a lot of the scences in the movie give you sense of deja vu(after you've watched Godfather. Nayagan is probably one of the best movies made in Tamil(and may be in any Indian language). Apart from changing the very face of movie making in India, it had send so many refreshing trends.

Nayagan is the story of a boy(Velu), who loses his father(a Trade Union leader) and runs away to Bombay, after assualting the Police who kills his father. In Bombay he is brought up by a pious Muslim fisherman. By turn of events, Velu is pulled into committing Crime(and fighting too). Velu grows into a Don and slowly the power of it takes him to a different world, where he is the command, but he slowly losses his dear ones and it finally ends with his death at an old age, with a moral message that one who lives by the sword(gun), dies by it.

Kamal had given one of his best performances in this movie, for which he rightfully won the National Award for Best Actor. The Music of Illayaraja, Photography of P C Sreeram and the Art of Thotta Tharani were other High points of the movie, not to mention the magical touch of Manirathnam, who made a permanent name for himself after making Nayagan.

A must watch movie, for anyone who hasn't seen it.


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