The London-educated Shakti (Kamal Haasan), son of an village chieftain Peria-thevar (Shivaji) returns home after a long stay abroad. Accompanying Shakti is his girlfriend (Gautami), with who he intends to settle in a city and start a business. However, his father hopes he will don the patriarchal mantle, a role Shakti finds alien and distasteful after several years abroad. Then, an accidental conflagration and its consequences turns a new set of responsibilities on Shakti... Good performance by Nasser as the evil cousin. The film was remade as Virasat in Hindi. Written by
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The name of Kamal Haasan's character in the film is Sakthivelu, the same as his in Nayakan. Both these films were India's official entries to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film in 1987 and 1992 respectively. See more
Remade as Virasat
Written by "Valli"
Performed by Ilaiyaraja
Singed BY S. Janaki, Kamal Haasan, Minmini See more