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Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | 30 July 1987 (India)
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A common man's struggles against a corrupt police force put him on the wrong side of the law. He becomes a don, who is loved and respected by many, but his growing power and influence exact a heavy toll.

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Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Balakumaran (dialogue), Rajasri (Telugu dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Velu Naicker (Sakthivelu)
Saranya Ponvannan ... Neela (as Saranya)
Delhi Ganesh ... Iyer
Janagaraj ... Selva
Karthika ... Charumati
Nassar ... Assistant Commissioner (as Nasser)
Tinnu Anand ... Ajit Kelkar
Nizhalgal Ravi ... Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao M.V. Vasudeva Rao ... Hussain Bhai
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Storyline

A small boy (Ratnavelu) from Tamilnadu sees his father, a labor leader, killed in cold blood by a policeman. He kills the policeman and runs away to the city of Bombay. From there, the story traces his ascent to become a mafia chief (Velu Naicker). Written by Sathyanarayanan Narayanaswamy <sathya@ntd.comsat.com>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi | English

Release Date:

30 July 1987 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Hero See more »

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Production Co:

Muktha Films,Sujatha Film See more »
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Trivia

The dubbed Hindi version was released in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
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Spoofed in Chellame (2004) See more »

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Nila Adhu Vaanathumele
Written by: Ilaiyaraaja
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Ilaiyaraaja
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stop calling it a remake
12 September 2005 | by murali83See all my reviews

now, lets get this straight, godfather was a bad adaptation of the novel and that becomes one of the all time best movies. if manirathnam makes a movie out of the real life story of velunayagam mudaliar then it is called a remake of godfather, what crappy logic is this.

In all aspects the movie is perfect, acting by kamal, direction is amazing and mind blowing music by the maestro Illayaraja.

set in the slums of bombay, it shows the life of velu who becomes a local don just like it happened in the true life of velunayagam mudaliar. the dialogues are memorable and the dialogue between kamal and his grandson is something that i can never forget.

watch it rightaway and stop this crap about it being a remake of godfather. Hollywood has made 100's of movies better than godfather, but nayagan is by and far among the 5 best movies ever made in India.


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