8.8/10
12,377
40 user 4 critic

Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 1987 (India)
Trailer
1:29 | Trailer
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.

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Balakumaran (dialogue), Rajasri (Telugu dialogue) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Top Rated Indian Movies #4 | 4 wins. See more awards »

Best of 2018: Top 10 Indian Movies

From Stree to Padman, we celebrate the top Indian movies of 2018, as rated by IMDb users. These movies range across Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu cinema.

See the full list

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Anbe Sivam (2003)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Two men, one young and arrogant, the other damaged - physically but not spiritually - by life, are thrown together by circumstances, and find that they are in some ways bound together by fate.

Director: Sundar C.
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Madhavan, Kiran Rathod
Thalapathi (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

An orphan named Surya raised in a slum befriends a good crime boss named Devaraj and works for him. Their existence is threatened when a new honest district collector arrives.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Rajinikanth, Mammootty, Shobana
Thevar Magan (1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

The urbane son of a village chieftain struggles between his personal aspirations and those of his family.

Director: Bharathan
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Shivaji Ganesan, Nassar
Vikram Vedha (2017)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Vikram, a no-nonsense police officer, accompanied by Simon, his partner, is on the hunt to capture Vedha, a smuggler and a murderer. Vedha tries to change Vikram's life, which leads to a conflict.

Directors: Gayatri, Pushkar
Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Madhavan, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar
Thani Oruvan (2015)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Siddharth Abimanyu, an influential scientist, is involved in various illegal medical practices. Mithran, an efficient IPS officer, decides to expose him.

Director: Mohan Raja
Stars: Jayam Ravi, Arvind Swamy, Nayanthara
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A little girl is told by her parents that she is adopted. Determined to find her birth mother, she begs to be taken to Sri Lanka, where her mother works with a militant group of activists.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Madhavan, Simran, Keerthana Parthiepan
Indian (1996)
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A veteran freedom fighter enraged with the rising crime and corruption in the society murders all the wrong doers one by one using an ancient martial arts technique.

Director: S. Shankar
Stars: Kamal Haasan, Sukanya, Manisha Koirala
Aruvi (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  

A gentle girl born and brought up amidst the ever growing eco-social-consumeristic environment finds it difficult to fit in the society. She decides to take it hard on the people. What she does is the rest of the story.

Director: Arun Prabhu Purushothaman
Stars: Aditi Balan, Padmashri Mohammad Ali, Pradeep Anthony
Roja (1992)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A woman from a village in Tamil Nadu marries a sophisticated city dweller and moves with him to Kashmir, where all is rosy - until he gets kidnapped by militants.

Director: Mani Ratnam
Stars: Arvind Swamy, Madhoo, Pankaj Kapur
Jigarthanda (2014)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

An aspiring director targets a ruthless gangster because he wants to make a violent gangster film. His discreet attempts to research the gangster fail miserably. Finally when he gets caught snooping, things hit the fan.

Director: Karthik Subbaraj
Stars: Siddharth, Bobby Simha, Lakshmi Menon
Soodhu Kavvum (2013)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Das, with his team, kidnap Arumai, son of a politician, who has been planning his own kidnapping to extract money from his father. Problems arise, when an insane cop is brought to handle the case.

Director: Nalan Kumarasamy
Stars: Vijay Sethupathi, Sanchita Shetty, Radha Ravi
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

A police officer retires after he loses his right leg in an accident while investigating a case. Five years later, he is forced to relive his past as he narrates the story to his friend's son.

Director: Karthick Naren
Stars: Rahman, Prakash Raghavan, Sharath Kumar
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi | English | Telugu

Release Date:

30 July 1987 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Nayagan See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Muktha Films,Sujatha Film See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ilayaraja's 400th film as composer. See more »

Quotes

Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Dum Dum Dum (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Naan Sirithal Deepawali
Written by: Pulamaipithan
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Jamuna Rani, M.S. Rajeswari and chorus
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Watch it!
28 December 2004 | by you_can_do_itSee all my reviews

This is, till date, the best Indian movie ever made. A fantastic star cast(Kamal Haasan, Nasser, Janakaraj), splendid direction(Mani Rathnam) and excellent music score by the maestro Illayaraja made the movie do wonders in the box office. Kamal Haasan, who was already a super star when this movie was made, proved that he can get into any ones shoes. Here he played the role of an angry young man who becomes a Mafia don with almost the entire city supporting him. With this movie and a National Award for the Best Actor, he came to be known as the best actor in Indian Cinema.

Mani Rathnam became a nation-wide celebrity with this movie and every movie he made after Nayagan raised expectations among the audience.

The story is that of a Mafia don, who is a kind of Robin hood for his own people, takes justice into his hands and kills the baddies. He earns respect from his people, incurs the wrath of the other underworld thugs, and is feared by the police, till a honest cop decides to challenge him. Though the story is similar to The Godfather, the way in which this movie is shot is different and keeps the viewer engrossed from the first scene till the end, when the 60 year old hero is assassinated in public for a brutal murder he did 30 years back.

Nayakan - Slick, stylish and interesting.

-Krishna


11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 40 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Top Rated and Trending Indian Movies

Check out the Indian movies with the highest ratings from IMDb users, as well as the movies that are trending in real time.

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed