Nayak: The True Hero
Cast: Anil Kapoor, Amrish Puri, Rani Mukherjee, Sushmita Sen
Music: A.R. Rahman
A country with one billion people is still driven by a few very corrupt politicians. Corruption is widespread and the 'system' does not bother to ease the misery of millions of its people when it easily can do so. The miserable, it seems, do not have the strength or inclination to challenge such a system. One man is brave enough to do so. That daring man is what Shankar's Nayak is all about.
Shivaji Rao (Anil Kapoor), a television news reporter, is passionate about his job and the pursuit of truth. Obviously, he is not the favorite of politicians and other power-hungry elements. One of these is Chief Minister Balraj Chauhan (Amrish Puri). Chauhan, like most Indian politicians, is corrupt and also seems quite indifferent to making his state a better place to live in.
One day, Shivaji Rao publicly questions him on why the administration is so pathetic. Angered, the Chief Minister extends a mock invitation to Shivaji Rao to become the Chief Minister for one day and see what he can do. To his horror, Shivaji Rao accepts. One common man given the chance of his lifetime for a day - that's all Shivaji Rao requires.
The plot is very interesting and attempts to portray the decay of the political system in India. Of course, the theme of an ordinary citizen against corrupt politicians has been examined innumerable times. This time, however, the hero is appointed as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for one day. Shivaji Rao goes on to dismiss all corrupt politicians (including the C.M.) and wins the hearts of the masses. One wishes that there really was a man like this! However, the second half could have been more interesting.
Anil Kapoor does a good job and so does Amrish Puri as the Chief Minister. Rani Mukherjee has a tiny role and she looks good in the song sequences.
And the music? Shakalaka Baby (Sushmita does a guest appearance) and Chalo Chale Mitwa sound good but one must mention that both these tunes have been lifted from the Tamil original Mudhalvan. A.R. Rahman would not have exerted himself much for this film. The picturization for all songs, though, is worthy of mention.
This movie will surely increase in popularity as the weeks go by since the plot is unique and makes the film worth watching.