The aging patriarch of an organized mafia dynasty looks out for a way to die with minimum pain and maximum repletion.

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

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This film is also inspired by Maria puzo's novel The godfather 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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Referenced in Jigarthanda (2014) See more »

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Andhi Mazhai Megam
Written by: Pulavar Pulamaipitan
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: T.L. Maharajan
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One of the best Indian movies I have ever seen.
21 February 2001 | by (Bahamas) – See all my reviews

The film draws heavily upon Mario Puzo's Godfather, however, the Indian adaptation of the well known story is simply superb. Manirathnam has done a wonderful job in re-creating the life and times of a local mafioso in the slums of Bombay. The art direction is flawless, and captures the time period perfectly. The music by Illayaraja is haunting, and reflects the nostalgic music of the early 70s. However, the high point of the movie is the excellent performance of Kamal Hassan. His potrayal of Velu-Nayakan is by far the best I have seen in Indian movies. The Hindi remake of this movie is sub-standard and poor. I highly recommend this movie to someone who has never seen it before.


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