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Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

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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Credited cast:
Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Balraj Chauhan (Chief Minister)
Special Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neha Bam ...
Mrs. Balraj Chauhan
Nina Kulkarni ...
Mrs. Gaekwad
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 (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Fight the power


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7 September 2001 (India)  »

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Nayak  »

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Anil Kapoor likened the script to the TV game show "Who wants to be a millionaire." Later in Slumdog Millionaire he plays the host of the same show. 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 »


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Composed by A.R. Rahman
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breath taking
4 November 2001 | by (england) – See all my reviews

This film is the best ive ever seen sooo far. the music is wicked. the acting that anil kapoor did was really good. i personally think this film should win an award. rani acted brilliantly as well. i think its about time she and anil kapoor got an award. i love watching indian films. but this one is the best.

so who ever reads this please watch this film you do not know what you are missing.

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