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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

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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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Assistant Commissioner (as Nasser)
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Ajit Kelkar
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Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao ...
Hussain Bhai
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Saranya
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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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Trivia

This film is inspired by the true story of Mumbai based Tamil gangster of the 80s, Varadarajan Mudaliar. See more »

Quotes

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

Spoofed in Thamizh Padam (2010) 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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KAMAL
2 January 2004 | by (Rochester, NY) – See all my reviews

Kamal Hassan's extraordinary performance is the highlight of the film. This movie is perhaps the greatest gangster movie made in India, even though it is heavily inspired by the Al Pacino-starrer The Godfather. Kamal rightfully won the National Award for his performance. Great cast, great performances, solid direction from Mani Rathnam, great screenplay = one great movie. Highly recommended. A+.


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