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Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 7 September 2001 (India)
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.

Director:

S. Shankar

Writers:

Anurag Kashyap (dialogue), S. Shankar (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Anil Kapoor ... Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
Rani Mukerji ... Manjari
Amrish Puri ... Balraj Chauhan (Chief Minister)
Johnny Lever ... Topi
Pooja Batra ... Laila
Sushmita Sen ... Special Appearance
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mukesh Ahuja Mukesh Ahuja
Babu Antony ... Sniper
Rana Jung Bahadur ... Balraj Chauhan's support
Neha Bam ... Mrs. Balraj Chauhan
Ravindra Berde ... Balraj Chauhan's party supporter
Ekta Jain ... Q TV Staff
Kanal Kannan Kanal Kannan ... Auto driver
Razak Khan
Khyati Khandke ... Girls who calls Shivaji to complain about molestation in college campus (as Khyati Keshwani)
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Storyline

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 (racktoo@hotmail.com)

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Taglines:

Fight the power

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

7 September 2001 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Preis der Wahrheit See more »

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Color:

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Trivia

"Rukhi Sukhi Roti - Nayak" was recreated as "Sona Sona Roop Hai - Bollywood Hollywood See more »

Goofs

The final closing scene is supposed to show Mumbai being transformed into a modern city. While the first frame shows the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, the next morphed frame shows an existing American city. To add to this, the helicopter shown has an American registration. See more »

Connections

References Coolie No. 1 (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Ruki Sukhi Roti
Written by Anand Bakshi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan and Alka Yagnik
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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Very nice movie
15 November 2003 | by sameerhalaiSee all my reviews

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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