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Nayakan (1987)

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

Director:

Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Balakumaran (dialogue), Rajasri (Telugu dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Top Rated Indian Movies #3 | 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Velu Naicker (Sakthivelu)
Saranya Ponvannan ... Neela (as Saranya)
Delhi Ganesh ... Iyer
Janagaraj ... Selva
Karthika ... Charumati
Nassar ... Assistant Commissioner (as Nasser)
Tinnu Anand ... Ajit Kelkar
Nizhalgal Ravi ... Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao M.V. Vasudeva Rao ... Hussain Bhai
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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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Country:

India

Language:

Tamil | Hindi | English | Telugu

Release Date:

30 July 1987 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Nayagan See more »

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Trivia

Debut film of Saranya Ponvannan. See more »

Quotes

Kid: Are you a good person or a bad person?
Velunayakan: I don't know.
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Referenced in Jigarthanda (2014) See more »

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Nila Adhu Vaanathumele
Written by: Ilaiyaraaja
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Ilaiyaraaja
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One of all time greats
6 August 2001 | by pvskSee all my reviews

One of the movies where the star cast have lived the roles not just performed , well supported by Editing, Cinematography and background score . A must see. KamalHasan has given really a masterly performance for which he got the national award rightly.


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