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As you wait for for Thug Life, watch Kamal Haasan-Mani Ratnam’s OG hit Nayakan here

Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan’s are reuniting for Thug Life after 37 years since they made Nayakan 

As you wait for for Thug Life, watch Kamal Haasan-Mani Ratnam’s OG hit Nayakan here

Last Updated: 05.19 PM, May 08, 2024


The makers of Thug Life dropped a massive update on Wednesday, officially confirming that actor Silambarasan is part of the much-anticipated Tamil film. While this itself has created much excitement among movie lovers, it is a delight that Thug Life will see the reunion of the multi-faceted actor Kamal Haasan and filmmaker Mani Ratnam for the second time after their iconic 1987 gangster drama Nayakan.

Where to stream Nayakan on OTT


As we wait for the makers of Thug Life to reveal the release date of the film, it is time we revisit Nayakan. The film is available for streaming on Prime Video.

Nayakan is about an ordinary man who rises from being a slum dweller to an underworld don respected by many for his good nature. The film is said to be loosely inspired by the life of don Varadarajan Mudaliar and the American cult classic film The Godfather. Nayakan was released during Diwali in 1987 and became a commercial success as well as critically acclaimed. The film also won Kamal Haasan a National Film Award for Best Actor, apart from Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction.

Nayakan also starred Saranya Ponvannan, Karthika, Janagaraj, Vijayan, MV Vasudeva Rao, Delhi Ganesh, Nizhalgal Ravi, Nassar and Tara in pivotal roles.

More about Thug Life

Cut to present, Mani Ratnam and Kamal Haasan have collaborated once again for Thug Life, which is also said to be based on the life of a gangster. The film features a star ensemble, including Trisha, Silambarasan, Joju George, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Nasser, Abhirami, Gautham Karthik and others. Earlier, actors Jayam Ravi and Dulquer Salman were roped in to be a part of the movie but had to opt out due to their schedules.

The music of Thug Life is scored by AR Rahman, with Madras Talkies and Raaj Kamal Films International jointly producing the film. While speculations were rife that Nayakan and Thug Life might be connected, no solid information has so far been shared to prove this. A release date for Thug Life is yet to be announced.

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