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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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 (

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Fight the power


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Release Date:

7 September 2001 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Nayak: Az igazi hős  »

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The release was delayed by two weeks due to technical reasons. It was Shankar's first attempt at Hindi cinema so he wanted it to be a superior product. See more »


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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!

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