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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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Velu Naicker (Sakthivelu)
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Feroz Khan remade the film in Hindi as Dayavan in 1988. See more »

Quotes

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

Remade as Dayavan (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Nila Adhu Vaanathumele
Written by: Ilaiyaraaja
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Ilaiyaraaja
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The best middle-of-the-road Indian film
27 September 2004 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Mani Ratnam rose to fame with this superb, Godfather-inspired, crime story. Kamal Hassan, in a National Award-winning role, is the highlight of this film. WAtch out for the scene where he says "Naa adichcha nee sethuruve (You will die if I hit you)" to a police officer. Based on a real-life don, Varadarajan Mudaliar, Nayagan was praised by critics and audience alike, a rarity in India. Illayaraja's music is haunting. "Tenpaandi Cheemayile", sung by Kamal Hassan, is a classic. Photography is brilliant. Mani Ratnam is top-of-the-pops. Sign of things to come? Janakaraj as the gangster's friend is an inspired selection. This is as good as it gets for bridge cinema.


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