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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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Neela (as Saranya)
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Iyer
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Selva
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Charumati
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Ajit Kelkar
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Hussain Bhai
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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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Spoofed in Thamizh Padam (2010) See more »

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Thenpaandi Cheemayile
Written by: Ilaiyaraaja
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Ilaiyaraaja and Kamal Haasan
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The Godfather comes to Tamil, with a difference
14 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Even though Nayagan seems like a compressed version of The Godfather series and despite the fact that a lot of the scences in the movie give you sense of deja vu(after you've watched Godfather. Nayagan is probably one of the best movies made in Tamil(and may be in any Indian language). Apart from changing the very face of movie making in India, it had send so many refreshing trends.

Nayagan is the story of a boy(Velu), who loses his father(a Trade Union leader) and runs away to Bombay, after assualting the Police who kills his father. In Bombay he is brought up by a pious Muslim fisherman. By turn of events, Velu is pulled into committing Crime(and fighting too). Velu grows into a Don and slowly the power of it takes him to a different world, where he is the command, but he slowly losses his dear ones and it finally ends with his death at an old age, with a moral message that one who lives by the sword(gun), dies by it.

Kamal had given one of his best performances in this movie, for which he rightfully won the National Award for Best Actor. The Music of Illayaraja, Photography of P C Sreeram and the Art of Thotta Tharani were other High points of the movie, not to mention the magical touch of Manirathnam, who made a permanent name for himself after making Nayagan.

A must watch movie, for anyone who hasn't seen it.


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