Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 7 September 2001
Anil Kapoor, Rani Mukherjee, Amrish Puri
So you have watched the promos and trailers of Nayak with Anil and Rani dancing among pots in the countryside and the unforgettable posters of Anil Kapoor in the middle of a mud bath. This and special effects are probably the director?s and producer?s best attempts at diluting the message of the movie and that is to "Stand-up and fight against injustice."
Shivaji Rao (Anil Kapoor) is a television news reporter who works with zeal. A zeal so powerful that he doesn`t think twice about questioning those in the highest points of authority. He also believes in justice and can`t wait to get to put a political figure in the hot seat. His wish comes true when Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan (Amrish Puri), whom the word `politician` is manifested as the leader from hell, is interviewed publicly by Rao and humiliated. Chauhan then proceeds to ask Rao if he can do a better job with just a day in power. Unfortunately for the CM, he accepts and starts to actually change the way the state of Maharashtra is run.
For the rest of the story, or what is left of it, Anil arrests an entire clutch of Ministers including ex-CM, Chauhan. After the arrest and his statesman skills are proved, Rao goes onto to win the state elections and is elected to CM`s post again. The new CM dons an attire of a vegetable vendor and romances with Rani Mukherjee
Nayak is the most ridiculous attempt at stimulating patriotism or at making a buck! Indian Cinema is at a very important time in its evolution when sensible films are starting to get accepted and appreciated and Nayak walks into that scenario looking like it came out the wrong side of a stable! The entire story is so out of sync with reality that Anil Kapoor and Rani Mukherjee could have sprouted wings and nobody would have felt the oddity.
On the other hand the cinematography is extremely good, locations have been well chosen and Anil Kapoor`s portrayal of a tormented patriot is cliched and Rani`s role is purely decorative. Thumbs down all the way for Nayak. Take a miss on this one go for a quiet dinner instead.