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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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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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7 September 2001 (India)  »

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The famous 3D fighting scene in the car junkyard, originally involved Anil Kapoor being dripped in water. He was also gym training for 7 months for this scene. At the time of the shoot, he refused to shave his body hair, and finally it was planned to smear him in mud. It was the first action scene in Indian Cinema to employ the use of computer effects and 36 different cameras were used simultaneously for a single scene. When Anil Kapoor told he was not really comfortable with facing the camera with his shirt off, Shankar replied that the scene was very crucial for the story and he can change the hero but not the scene. 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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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)
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Don't grumble over the credibility in the storyline or else different cinema would not come in our way
4 July 2006 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Firstly don't grumble over the credibility in the storyline or else different cinema would not come in our way. Moreover director Shankar has much conviction in his direction to make the overall product fairly digestible.

So we have a journalist Mr. Shivaji Rao (Anil Kapoor) who in an interview with the CM (Amrish Puri), is challenged to work as a CM for 24 hours. Accepting the challenge he does everything in those 24 hours from clearing JHOPDI'S to suspending corrupt KHOPDI'S. In the second half, by public demand he is elected as the permanent CM , but ironically in this half he spends more time romancing with a village girl (Rani Mukherjee).

A well written script and a fast pace screenplay, successfully grab's the audiences attention. Rehman's music is not much hot this time but the song picturizations do have an artistic visual appeal. Lacks of bucks spent on those huge sunflowers , tall bhuttas, fat pumpkins and a thousand matkas ( though do not make much sense, but) are surely different than those usual running around trees or dancing in foreign locations.

Some scenes have been very well presented, like the conflict between the bus driver and the students, the interview with the CM and the assassination of the CM at the end. But the MUDDY MATRIX oriented fight sequence was overdone and could have been avoided.

In terms of performance, Anil Kapoor is extremely convincing and adds life to the portrayal of his character. Rani is charming. Amrish returns to a sensible negative role. Paresh Rawal lends excellent support.

Finally if you think hundreds of movies have been made on corrupt system theme, then this one is no new but a good example of old wine in the latest bottle.


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