Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 4,267 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 2 critic

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.



(dialogue), (story)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Consequences forces an innocent man to involve into crime world after making an error.

Director: Mahesh Manjrekar
Stars: Sanjay Dutt, Namrata Shirodkar, Mohnish Bahl
Yuva (2004)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Michael, Arjun and Lallan, three men from three different stratas of society, cross paths one morning in Calcutta and change one another's lives forever.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan, Rani Mukerji
Guru (2007)
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A villager, Gurukant Desai, arrives in Bombay 1958, and rises from its streets to become the GURU, the biggest tycoon in Indian history.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Mithun Chakraborty, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Hulchul (2004)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A man and woman from feuding families each pretend to fall in love, as part of a revenge plot. Chaos ensues when their fake romance becomes a reality.

Director: Priyadarshan
Stars: Akshaye Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Sunil Shetty
Hungama (2003)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of a bunch of misfits whose misconception about each others backgrounds end up in a series of chaotic, yet comic outcomes. Aftab and Rimi play two strangers who have to pretend ... See full summary »

Director: Priyadarshan
Stars: Akshaye Khanna, Aftab Shivdasani, Rimi Sen
Mr India (1987)
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A poor but big-hearted man takes orphans into his home. After discovering his scientist father's invisibility device, he rises to the occasion and fights to save his children and all of India from the clutches of a megalomaniac.

Director: Shekhar Kapur
Stars: Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Amrish Puri
Mudhalvan (1999)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A man accepts a challenge to act as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for one day only, and makes such a success of it that soon he is embroiled in political intrigue.

Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Arjun, Manisha Koirala, Raghuvaran
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Amongst the communal riots that erupt in the city, Tara shelters a wayward Sakina from a crazed mob and a bond that blossoms into love is created. The two eventually get married and have a ... See full summary »

Director: Anil Sharma
Stars: Sunny Deol, Ameesha Patel, Amrish Puri
Aparichit (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Ambi, a meek lawyer, ends up being a vigilante named Aparichit, and a supermodel named Remo, after suffering with multiple personalty disorder due to the society.

Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Manobala, Nasser, Prakash Raj
Border I (1997)
Action | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In 1971, along the border region of Longewala, a small battalion of Indian soldiers go up against a 2000-(armed) soldier Pakistani strike force.

Director: J.P. Dutta
Stars: Rakhee Gulzar, Sunny Deol, Jackie Shroff
Gentleman (1993)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A modern day Robin Hood who takes from the rich to provide education for the poor.

Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Arjun, Rajan P. Dev, Gautami
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Four runaway crooks take shelter in a bungalow which is owned by a blind couple.

Director: Rohit Shetty
Stars: Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Sharman Joshi


Credited cast:
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Balraj Chauhan (Chief Minister)
Johnny Lever ...
Special Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rana Jung Bahadur ...
Razak Khan
Nina Kulkarni ...
Mrs. Gaekwad
Paresh Rawal ...
Shivaji Satam ...
Manjari's dad
Anupam Shyam ...


Employed as a camera-man at a popular television station QTV; Shivaji Rao Gaekwad work his way up and is eventually promoted as a reporter. One of his job involve interviewing the Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan. During the course of the interview he brings to light the true facts of Chauhan to the general public. Agrivated at this Chauhan decides that he will challenge him to become the Chief Minister for a day which he accepts. During his tenure Shivaji attempts to make the wrong right by punishing dishonest people while at the same time ensure that the masses get what they aspire for. But when his life return to normal he will find that nothing is the same anymore as he and his loved ones are made targets by Chauhan's goons this pushes Shivaji to enter politics and eventually elect as the Chief Minister - a Chief Minister who wants to continue the remaining of his day's work. Written by gavin (

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Fight the power


Drama | Action





Release Date:

7 September 2001 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Nayak: Az igazi hős  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


The last film where A.R. Rahman collaborated with lyricist Anand Bakshi. See more »


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 »


Featured in Haasil (2003) See more »


Chidiya Tu Hoti To
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Abhijeet and Sanjeevni Bhelende
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

27 September 2001 | by (San Jose) – See all my reviews

The director has done a good job with this movie. It is thought-provoking and inspirational. The plot is along the lines of "What if I were the President or the Prime Minister of the country for a day" essays that we have all written in our school days. Not only does it expose corruption in various aspects of life (which is not really new) but it also offers genuine solutions in tackling those problems. There are enough twists in the plot to keep you glued to your seat. I was disappointed with Rani Mukherjee's role which is insignificant and restricted to singing songs with the "Hero". Unfortunately, the songs aren't great. If I could edit the movie to delete the songs and the long fights, I would. But overall, if it inspires even one good soul to enter politics, that would be great. Three cheers to the director!

15 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Nayak Theme Song vichitra
Discuss Nayak: The Real Hero (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: