The film was nominated by
India as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for
the Academy Awards in 1987. In 2005, Time Magazine included
Nayagan in its "All-Time 100 Best Films" list.
The film was dubbed in Telugu under the title Nayakudu. It
was remade in Hindi cinema as Dayavan in 1988, with Vinod
Khanna playing the part of Saktivelu and with Feroz Khan and
Madhuri Dixit the roles of Selvam and Neela. A Hindi dubbed
version of the film was released as Velu Nayakan in 1999.
Sakthivelu Nayakar (Kamal Haasan), the protagonist, is born
to an anti-government union leader. The child, Velu, is
tricked by the police into locating his father, and then
witnesses his father's death in a police shootout. Then... [