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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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Complete credited cast:
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Velunayakan
Saranya Ponvannan ...
Neela (as Saranya)
Janagaraj ...
Selva
Tinnu Anand ...
Ajit Singh
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Asst. Commissioner
Delhi Ganesh ...
Iyer
Nizhalgal Ravi ...
Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao ...
Vaapa
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Charu
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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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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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Written by: Pulavar Pulamaipitan
Produced by: Ilayaraja
Performed by: T.L. Maharajan
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Truly inspired and inspirational!!!
5 October 2005 | by (Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India) – See all my reviews

Inspired by the true life story of Mumbai's Tamil don, Varadaraja Mudaliar, the movie 'Nayakan' portrays it so vividly and realistically of how the real-time character known popularly as 'Varadha Bhai' fled Tuticorin(Tamil Nadu) to seek his future in Mumbai. He came to be known as one of the godfathers of modern gangsterdom. Some other prominent names during his period were Karim Lala, etc. The days he spent fighting Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray who tried to run the Tamils out of Mumbai are golden days in history. Probably, the respect and influence Varadaraj Mudaliar had among the public inspired people like Dawood Ibrahim and others to take to such businesses. Mani Ratnam deserves full credit for the subject and screenplay. Kamal Hassan at the best of his career at an age of 32 playing the character of a 60-year-old man so perfectly with utmost ease.


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