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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). Written by Sathyanarayanan Narayanaswamy <sathya@ntd.comsat.com>

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India's entry for the best foreign language film at the Oscars in 1987. Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005 See more »

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Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
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Nee Oru Kaadhal Sangeetham
Written by: Pulavar Pulamaipitan
Produced by: Ilayaraja
Performed by: Mano and K.S. Chitra
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The best middle-of-the-road Indian film
27 September 2004 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Mani Ratnam rose to fame with this superb, Godfather-inspired, crime story. Kamal Hassan, in a National Award-winning role, is the highlight of this film. WAtch out for the scene where he says "Naa adichcha nee sethuruve (You will die if I hit you)" to a police officer. Based on a real-life don, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Nayagan was praised by critics and audience alike, a rarity in India. Illayaraja's music is haunting. "Tenpaandi Cheemayile", sung by Kamal Hassan, is a classic. Photography is brilliant. Mani Ratnam is top-of-the-pops. Sign of things to come? Janakaraj as the gangster's friend is an inspired selection. This is as good as it gets for bridge cinema.


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