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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Mani Ratnam

Writers:

Balakumaran (dialogue), Rajasri (Telugu dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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When the film was completed and the first print was ready, it ran for three hours. Although Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan wanted producer Srinivasan to release the film uncut, he felt audiences would never see the entire film due to its length, so he requested Editor Lenin to remove the scenes which he felt were unnecessary. The result, according to Srinivasan, "gave life to the movie. 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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Naan Sirithal Deepawali
Written by: Pulamaipithan
Produced by: Ilaiyaraaja
Performed by: Jamuna Rani, M.S. Rajeswari and chorus
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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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Language:

Tamil

Release Date:

21 October 1987 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Nayakan See more »

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