Nayak: The Real Hero (2001)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 59 mins

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Apathetic TV journalist Shivaji (Anil Kapoor) isn't much for politics, until he covers a riot in Maharashtra, India, and is vaulted into that world. There, devious Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan (Amrish Puri) challenges Shivaji to serve in his position for a day. And Shivaji does, instantly curing all that ails the state while romancing local Manjari (Rani Mukherji). Unfortunately, things get ugly since Chauhan would like nothing more than to maintain his corrupt ways and vanquish his new rival.

Cast: Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukerji

Crew: Shankar Shanmugham (Director), KV Anand (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Action, Drama

Release Dates: 07 Sep 2001 (India)

Tagline: Fight the power

Hindi Name: नायक: दि रियल हिरो

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Did you know? The film is a remake of director S. Shankar's own Tamil movie Mudhalvan (1999). Read More
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as Shivaji Rao Gaekwad
as Manjari
Special Appearance
as Balraj Chauhan
as Balraj Chauhan's support
Supporting Actress
as Topi
as Mrs. Gaekwad
as Bansal
Supporting Actress
as Man on scooter
as Balraj Chauhan's support
Supporting Actor
as Pandurang
as Manjari's dad


Associate Director


Production Company
Executive Producer
Production Manager



Story Writer
Screenplay Writer
Dialogue Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Audio Assistant


Art Director





Stunt Director
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Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
Fight the power
Movie Connection(s):
Remake of: Mudhalvan (Tamil)
Featured in: Haasil (Hindi)
Remake of: Oke Okkadu (Telugu)
Errors in Geography
The final closing scene is supposed to show Mumbai being transformed into a modern city. While the first frame shows the Dharavi slums of Mumbai, the next morphed frame shows an existing American city. To add to this, the helicopter shown has an American registration.
The film is a remake of director S. Shankar's own Tamil movie Mudhalvan (1999).

Aamir Khan was offered the film but turned it down.

Manisha Koirala wanted to reprise her role from Mudhalvan (1999) but Rani Mukerji got the role.

The last film where A.R. Rahman collaborated with lyricist Anand Bakshi.

The famous 3D fighting scene in the car junkyard, originally involved Anil Kapoor being dripped in water. He was also gym training for 7 months for this scene. At the time of the shoot, he refused to shave his body hair, and finally it was planned to smear him in mud. It was the first action scene in Indian Cinema to employ the use of computer effects and 36 different cameras were used simultaneously for a single scene. When Anil Kapoor told he was not really comfortable with facing the camera with his shirt off, Shankar replied that the scene was very crucial for the story and he can change the hero but not the scene.

The release was delayed by two weeks due to technical reasons. It was Shankar's first attempt at Hindi cinema so he wanted it to be a superior product.

Anil Kapoor likened the script to the TV game show "Who wants to be a millionaire." Later in Slumdog Millionaire he plays the host of the same show.

The makers built a huge set of the TV studio of the fictional news channel QTV. More than 700 TVs and camera and a very large TV screen were set up to make the set appear real. In the climax when the set is destroyed, each TV and camera was smashed to smithereens.