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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful:

Very nice movie

Author: Sameer Halai (sameerhalai) from Mumbai, India
15 November 2003

What impressed me most about the movie is the tightness of the script. Events unfold one after the other. Neither too fast, nor too slow. Keeps you gripped. The events are coherent. Something you rarely see in Indian movies is people referring to events that have happened in the beginning of the movie. More often than not, the scripts are improvised on the sets and to maintain continuity the dialogues are abstract in nature so that the different parts gel in. To make a movie with cross references to subtle events needs you to have a script very firmly in place.

Second good thing about the movie was the experimentation with Visuals. Though at some points I felt that they have just indulged into special effects without the need for it (they should use effects only where needed), but honestly I was very impressed by the efforts taken to meet quality standards.

What has put off many people about the movie is the songs and dance and the unrealistic fights and some silly extremisms. Well the songs really don't have much bearing on the movie. And they have experimented with a very rustic style of entertainment which won't get wasted on everyone. As far as the fights and 'silly extremisms' go, I feel they tried to retain the HERO flavour which would really appeal to a large aspect of the masses.

The movie has very innovative ideas and also dares to be different - thougt most of that part should be attributed to its South Indian Counterpart.

I would say please go and see the movie. Its a nice experience. Appreciate it for its professionalism and technical expertise. Appreciate it for amazing dialogues and great performances by Paresh Rawal and Anil Kapoor both. It is a thought provoking film - something I feel the movie really set out to be. So its purpose is served.

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Inspirational

8/10
Author: anagarwal from San Jose
27 September 2001

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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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Excellent

9/10
Author: malamal
17 September 2001

This is a remake of Shankar's own south film Madhalvan in Hindi. The south Whizz kid director has made an awesome spectacle of a film with Nayak.

It is a definite must see. Rahman's music is superb, 'shaka laka baby!' to say the least. This film contains superior special effects and CGI for it's time, unlike others who have no sense of using CGI effectively and non garishly, Shankar has created beautiful sequences for the songs. The cinematography is breathtaking, a joy to the eye. The South influence is very imminent, that is what makes this film so good along with a bravura performance from Anil Kapoor and the sensuous Rani Mukerjee although underused only adds to the films beauty.

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

breath taking

Author: naz-1 from england
4 November 2001

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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Nayak - Absolutely Magnificent!!

10/10
Author: hemantkhan from India
20 July 2007

Nayak - The Real Movie. A Great movie. A thoughtful process.

Nayak has it all. It's no family drama with some crying trash thrown in. It's a thoughtful and a gripping story with exhilarating performances. Rahman's music is excellent. His typical Western Classical beats mixed with traditional Indian music with some Marathi influence. Picturization is brilliant especially in the song, Saiyaan. South Influence is not very imminent here unlike my friend who thinks it is, and believe me influence cannot make a movie good. It's the great story that grips the audience and Shankar's brilliance. I urge Shankar to make more movies or Hindi directors to remake some of his movies so we don't have to tolerate Aditya Chopra trash anymore.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

A dream for the future of India

10/10
Author: Pgoel from United States
3 March 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Nayak is a movie about India's current condition and a way out. Anil Kapoor is superb as the reporter who through his good heart and job gets dragged into politics. In one day he is able to clean Maharashtra through his hard work, dedication, and determination. Yet Baldev Chauhan played by the always excellent Amrish Puri, is not willing to let this go, especially as Rao's work leads to a vote of no confidence. In attacking Rao as well as the popular outpouring of support for Rao as CM Rao is forced to take the position of CM. The additional foil is a love story. Rao is in love with Manjari (played by Rani Mukherji) a village belle whose father does not want her to marry a politician.

The movie is an excellent commentary on politics and the power of one man. The powerful idealism is wonderful, yet for some it detracts from the movie. The love story is touching as well. Rani Mukherjee, Paresh Rawal, and Anil Kapoor excell in their roles and add a great deal of emotion.

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The real hero

7/10
Author: Biswajit Tripathy from India
12 March 2007

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Shivajirao a TV reporter for QTV takes the interview of Balraj Chuahan, Chief Minister of the State. He asked him questions which humiliate him a lot. Infuriated, he challenged him to become Chief Minister for a day. Shivaji accepts the challenge and becomes the Chief Minister. He is assisted by the cunning assistant Bansal played by Paresh Rawal.

After taking over, he suspends more than thousands of babus on charges of corruption. He tours the city, the surrounding areas to find out the various problems. He closes his day with arrest of 12 ministers and the Chief Minister himself. This makes him the target of those peoples once in power. Once his day as the Chief Minister is over, Shivaji tries to get back to his normal life but he won't be allowed to. He finds that being the Chief Minister for one day has changed his life altogether. Suddenly he is being expected by any and everyone to do something. He is being expected by various political parties to represent them for elections. Now he has got two choices. Either he leaves for some distant land where no one would recognize him and he can lead a normal life OR he would jump to the bandwagon that is called Politics and rise to become a honest politician.

Anil Kapoor as Shivaji has played a exceptional role in the movie. Action scenes picturized on him are good. Rani Mukherji plays his love interest. Amrish Puri as the corrupt Chief Minister is remarkable. So as Pooja Batra and Johny Lever in there short roles.

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4 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Don't grumble over the credibility in the storyline or else different cinema would not come in our way

6/10
Author: xpics from India
4 July 2006

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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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Mudhalvan downgraded

7/10
Author: takleefey from United States
31 July 2006

Even though Nayak is no where near as good the original Tamil version ie Mudhalvan, this movie is still good because most of it is a frame by frame remake of Mudhalvan. Despite its weaknesses one must commend Shankar for trying to bring this concept to the Hindi-speaking audience although the political situation in north Indian cities is'nt as bad as the situation as the southern ones which Mudhalvan originally portrayed realistically.

The north Indian audience may thus have trouble digesting some of the events in this movie which south Indians in contrast, will find as common evils within their city and society. Anil Kapoor doesn't act as well as Arjun did, nor do the other actors such Paresh rawal touch or even approach Manivannan's or Vadivelu's hilarity and performances. Even the great Amrish Puri is no where as good as Raguvaran. Although any non tamil speaker will not be able to fully appreciate the mudhalvan story, Nayak does make a genuine attempt to get them to understand it.

The music has been downgraded as well. The songs are nothing like the original Mudhalvan and mostly sound bad. Nayak is a decent remake but no way as good as the original. The comedy in particular, is quite botched up and there's no "Poda Panni!"

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4 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Bright and brash

Author: rl400
2 February 2005

A very silly, bright and brash comic book of a film that highlights Indias significant corruption problems but still entertains. Despite starring the old and hairy Anil Kapoor and the awful Johnny Lever in an irritating first ten minutes this film is bursting with vibrant colour, grand song sequences and energy. Rani is as stunning as ever in her occasional appearances as the love interest and sports a rare (but very welcome!) cute village girl look.

Old Anil does surprisingly well as the journalist who turns Ramboesque Chief Minister for a day. He immediately sets about sorting out India single-handed saving dying kids, cutting out corruption, kicking ass and defusing bombs. The highlight being a cheeky Matrix influenced fight scene! The lowpoint being Rani kissing his fat hairy stomach.. gross! The plot is simple, far stretched and a bit of boys superhero fantasy. It won't trouble any brain cells but the three hours whizz by.. a real old school entertainer.

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