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Nayak (2001 Hindi film)

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Nayak: The Real Hero is a 2001 Indian Hindi-language political action thriller film directed by S. Shankar and starring Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukerji, Amrish Puri, Paresh Rawal and Johnny Lever in the lead roles.[1][2][3] The film is a remake of S. Shankar's own successful Tamil film Mudhalvan (1999). The film's score and soundtrack, composed by A. R. Rahman, were reused from Mudhalvan with Hindi lyrics. It was critically acclaimed and has since developed a mass cult following among audience.

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Directed byS. Shankar
Produced byA.M. Rathnam
Written byAnurag Kashyap
Screenplay byS. Shankar
Story byS. Shankar
R. Madhesh (uncredited)
Based onMudhalvan
By S. Shankar
StarringAnil Kapoor
Rani Mukerji
Amrish Puri
Paresh Rawal
Johnny Lever
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyK. V. Anand
Edited byB. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Sri Surya Movies
Release date
  • September 7, 2001 (2001-09-07)
Running time
182 minutes


Shivaji Rao (Anil Kapoor) is an ambitious TV reporter, working for "Q TV" along with his friend Topi (Johnny Lever). While on the job, Rao records a conversation in which the Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan (Amrish Puri) takes an indifferent stand during riots triggered by a fight between some college students and bus drivers, so as not to lose his voter base. Due to police inaction, there is loss of life and damage to property. To explain his actions, Chauhan later agrees to a live interview with Shivaji, during which Rao raises these issues and broadcasts the recorded conversation.

In response to Shivaji's allegations about the mismanagement by his government, Chauhan redirects the question by instead talking about how difficult his job is due to bureaucracy. He challenges Shivaji to be the CM for a day and experience those problems himself. Shivaji reluctantly accepts the challenge to prove Chauhan wrong. Educated and vigilant, Shivaji handles issues that affect the populace everyday. He manages appropriate housing and employment for the needy, and he suspends inefficient and corrupt government officials. He is assisted by the secretary, Bansal (Paresh Rawal). As the last act of the day, Rao has Chauhan arrested, as he is the root cause of all the corruption. Later, Chauhan posts bail and leaves jail, then passes an ordinance to nullify all orders passed by Shivaji when he was the CM. Insulted by Shivaji's success as well, Chauhan sends assassins after him although they only destroy his house.

Shivaji falls in love with Manjari (Rani Mukerji), a naive and carefree villager. When he asks her father (Shivaji Satam) her hand in marriage, he refuses on grounds that Shivaji is not employed by the government. As a result, Shivaji begins preparing for the Indian Civil Service Examination. However, Bansal arrives and informs Rao that Shivaji's popularity has skyrocketed and that people want him to become the next CM. He is reluctant at first, but when Chauhan's henchmen vandalise Q TV premises to intimidate him, and the people show their support by thronging to his place in huge numbers, he agrees to run for office.

In the ensuing state elections, he wins by a vast majority. Chauhan’s political allies desert him, causing his defeat. Manjari’s father, angered by Shivaji's decision, refuses to let his daughter marry him. On becoming the chief minister, Shivaji brings about lots of improvements and quickly becomes an idol in the people’s eyes. However his growing popularity is threatened continuously by Chauhan who uses his henchmen to try to kill him or at least tarnish his image as a public hero. But Shivaji promptly answers by digging out all accusations against Chauhan and his allies. This, however, causes a reunion of Chauhan and his allies. After a failed attempt on Shivaji's life by hiring an assassin, a bomb is detonated at his home, killing his parents (Neena Kulkarni and Kitty).

In the final attempt, Chauhan orders Pandurung (Saurabh Shukla) to destroy law and order and cause bomb explosions in various parts of the city. But a priest is able to overhear a few men planning to detonate bombs. He immediately notifies Shivaji's office via the "Complaint Box" department. Pandurung is arrested and under tactical inquiry by Shivaji and his secretary, he discloses the location of the 4 bombs. A Bomb Squad is able to defuse 3 bombs, but the 4th one explodes before they could reach to it. Chauhan, however, uses this success against Shivaji by blaming the young CM for the bomb. Seeing no way out, Shivaji summons Chauhan to the secretariat and creates a situation such that it would seem as if Chauhan was there to shoot Shivaji but failed. Shivaji takes up a gun, but pointing it to his arm, shoots himself, and then hands over the gun to Chauhan. Now getting to know that Shivaji had set a trap, an enraged Chauhan attempts to shoot Shivaji, but his shot misses. The security guards then shoot down Chauhan killing him. While dying, Chauhan recalls the events during interview and says "It was a good interview" and dies. Shivaji, secretly tells Bansal the truth and says that "finally they have turned me into a politician too" but Bansal believes that Chauhan deserved death saying "he instituted politics for a long time for corruption and evil; you did it only once for good" . Manjari's father also comes to realize that Shivaji is in fact a great man who sees duty before everything else and allows Manjari to marry him.

In the end, the city develops under the governance of Shivaji Rao and his colleagues. The complaint box, where people were supposed to fill in their complaints and information about various threats anonymously, is shown to be empty, signifying that the reasons to be afraid have been taken care of.



The protagonist's character name "Shivaji Rao" was specially named after Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth's real name. This was because the lead role was initially written with Rajinikanth in mind for the original Tamil version, however, his refusal led to Shankar later signing on Arjun and he had retained the character's name in the Hindi version.[4] Originally the first choice for the role of Manjari was Manisha Koirala who was going to reprise her role from Mudhalvan, but was busy with multi-starrer films like Grahan and Lajja so refused. Later on the role was played by Rani Mukerji after Karisma Kapoor, Tabu, Raveena Tandon and Preity Zinta all had date issues. The inaugural shot of Nayak was done on 15 July 2000 by Rakesh Roshan. Filming began on 18 December in Mumbai.[5]


Nayak: The Real Hero
Soundtrack album by
Released4 July 2001
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn
GenreFilm soundtrack
ProducerA. R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
One 2 Ka 4
Nayak: The Real Hero
Love You Hamesha

The soundtrack for the film was composed by A.R.Rahman. He reused all the songs except "Mudhalvane" song, from the original film Mudhalvan. A new track "Saiyyan" was added. The track "Shakalaka Baby" was reused in the musical Bombay Dreams also. The lyrics for the perturbed songs were written by veteran poet Anand Bakshi and this was one of his last films before he died in 2002.

The audio rights were bought by T-Series for 6 crore and released on 4 July 2001. Comparing with the Tamil version which was a massive success, the album did only an average business.[6] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 14,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's fourteenth highest-selling.[7]

# Song Singer(s) Duration
1 "Chalo Chale Mitwa" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, Swarnalatha 6:42
2 "Saiyyan" Sunidhi Chauhan, Hans Raj Hans 5:29
3 "Chalo Chale Purva" Udit Narayan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 6:05
4 "Ruki Sukhi Roti" Shankar Mahadevan, Alka Yagnik 5:38
5 "Shakalaka Baby" Vasundhara Das, Pravin Mani, Shiraz Uppal 5:23
6 "Tu Accha Lagta Hain" Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy 5:15
7 "Chidiya Tu Hoti Toh" Abhijeet, Sanjivani Bhelande 6:11

Box officeEdit

Nayak was declared an "Average" by Box Office India.[8] In the UK, Nayak grossed £83,496 during its theatrical run.[9]


In September 2013, Anil Kapoor revealed that he was signed to reprise his role in Nayak Returns. He also added that the film would not be a sequel to Nayak, and would have a "completely fresh subject".[10] The film was announced in early 2017.[11] As of March 2019, the film had not been filmed let alone being released due to severe financial problems in production of the movie.[citation needed]


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  3. ^ Mudhalvan,Nayak-tracklist-cast and crew Archived 8 September 2010 at the Wayback Machine
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  5. ^ "22-day shoot for Nayak..." Screen. 24 November 2000. Archived from the original on 3 February 2001. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
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  7. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Box Office 2001". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 14 October 2013.
  9. ^ "Nayal Collections-IBOS".
  10. ^ "Anu Pallavi Anu star Anil Kapoor in Nayak Returns - The Times of India". The Times Of India.
  11. ^ "Anil Kapoor's Nayak gets a sequel". 13 January 2017.

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