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Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

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A man accepts a challenge by the chief minister of Maharashtra to run the state for one day, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.

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Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
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Manjari
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Balraj Chauhan (Chief Minister)
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Q TV's ace reporter, Shivajirao Gaekwad, gets a chance for being the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, albeit for a day, after being challenged by Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan himself. Shivaji accepts the challenge, and takes over the job, assisted by cunning personal assistant, Bansal. He comes across close to 46000 corrupt officials, and orders their suspension; tours the city and surrounding areas, makes sweeping changes, including the arrests of 12 ministers, including Balraj himself, much to chagrin of the people in power. After his tenure is over, he attempts to get back to his normal life, but finds out that that one day has not only changed his entire life, but has threatened the life of his near and dear ones in a State that considers "honesty" a liability. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Manisha Koirala wanted to reprise her role from Mudhalvan (1999) but Rani Mukerji got the role. See more »

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The final closing scene is supposed to show Mumbai being transformed into a modern city. While the first frame shows the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, the next morphed frame shows an existing American city. To add to this, the helicopter shown has an American registration. See more »

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A mismash but some good moments and a good msg
24 December 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

What you call a film like NAYAK?

It has a message, it has a good topic but it's handling is a mishmash

It sometimes is like a social drama and sometimes veers into a surreal mode

It's like a south film, not surprising directed by Shankar a south Indian director

The film starts rather painfully with a bad joke by Johny and Razzak Khan and they are many of such incidents

The turn of events like the riot is ruined by melodramatic and exxegarrated picturisation

The interview too is too contrived to take seriously, also Anil made an interviewer from a cameraman is also silly

But the things Anil does to change the state of affairs is well handled though it's too contrived to believe that it can be done in 1 day Also the film has too many stupid scenes like Anil getting into disguises and fighting with a goon over a truck Paresh's outburst forcing Anil to join politics again is well handled and also the finale

Direction by Shankar is good in parts Music is okay

Anil Kapoor looks his best here and he dons the role perfectly his formal clothes, his natural acting and his common man type look suits the role Rani annoys as his girlfriend doing all the nonsense she mostly does in most films Amongst rest Pooja Bhatra is okay, Johny Lever hams it up as usual and irritates Amrish Puri is good in his part though a bit too much Saurabh Shukla is funny Paresh is a highlight, he is a natural hope to watch him in such roles now. His outburst is perfect Amongst rest Shivaji Satham is okay Vikram Gokhale has done dubbing for Anil's father while Neena Kulkarni is as usual


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