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Nayakan (1987)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 31 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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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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Ajit Kelkar
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Surya
M.V. Vasudeva Rao ...
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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One of the best Indian movies I have ever seen.
21 February 2001 | by (Bahamas) – See all my reviews

The film draws heavily upon Mario Puzo's Godfather, however, the Indian adaptation of the well known story is simply superb. Manirathnam has done a wonderful job in re-creating the life and times of a local mafioso in the slums of Bombay. The art direction is flawless, and captures the time period perfectly. The music by Illayaraja is haunting, and reflects the nostalgic music of the early 70s. However, the high point of the movie is the excellent performance of Kamal Hassan. His potrayal of Velu-Nayakan is by far the best I have seen in Indian movies. The Hindi remake of this movie is sub-standard and poor. I highly recommend this movie to someone who has never seen it before.


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