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Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 30 July 1987 (India)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Velu Naicker (Sakthivelu)
... Neela (as Saranya)
... Iyer
... Selva
... Charumati
... Assistant Commissioner (as Nasser)
... Ajit Kelkar
... Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao ... Hussain Bhai
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Saranya
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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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India's entry for the best foreign language film at the Oscars in 1987. Rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by the Time Magazine in 2005 See more »

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Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
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Spoofs Dharmatma (1975) See more »

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Andhi Mazhai Megam
Written by: Pulavar Pulamaipitan
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: T.L. Maharajan
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stop calling it a remake
12 September 2005 | by See 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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