Inspired from the true life story of the Bombay gangster Varadarajan Mudaliar, this epic saga plots the complex events in the life of a young boy that transforms him into a ruthless mafia don. When the impulsive young boy is witness to his father, a trade union activist, being brutally murdered by the police in Tuticorin, he runs away to Bombay and becomes Velu Naicker, the ruthless Godfather with a Robin Hood streak in the Dharavi slums.
Velu becomes Bombay’s minority Tamil population’s ‘Nayakan’ (hero/star/leader) and saviour. His daughter Charu (Karthika) walks out of the crime and violence ridden life, and marries the assistant chief of police. Will law enforcement capture Velu and punish him for his criminal activities? Will the millions of South Indians who benefit from his benevolent rule succeed in protecting their "Nayakan"?
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This film was India's entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars in 1987, and was rated as one of the best 100 films of all time by Time Magazine in 2005. Read More