- 2 hr 56 min
Dayavan is a 1988 Indian Bollywood film directed by Feroz Khan starring Vinod Khanna, Feroz Khan and Amala Akkineni in lead roles. The film is a remake of the Tamil film Nayakan, and is based on the life of Mumbai underworld don Varadarajan Mudaliar. The movie revolves around a simple postman, Shakti Velu (Vinod Khanna), who is forced to take law into his own hands when his father is framed for a crime he didnât commit. Veluâs father is a respectable postman in the area who is set up by the local don, Daya (Feroz Khan), and his henchmen. Unable to prove his fatherâs innocence in the court of law, Velu is forced to take on the criminals himself.
Through his strong sense of justice and his unfaltering spirit, Velu becomes a feared and respected underworld figure. He runs a parallel government that operates outside the legal system, and ensures justice is served to those who were otherwise ignored by the legal system.
As the story progresses, Velu forms a close relationship with Dayaâs wife, Neelu (Amala Akkineni), which ultimately leads to a confrontation between the two former friends. Daya, who had taken Velu under his wing as a child, is now his arch-nemesis as Dayavan, the don of the underworld.
The story is set against the backdrop of Mumbaiâs seedy underbelly and highlights the corruption, violence and amorality that exists there. It depicts how the underworld flourishes under the watchful gaze of the authorities and how the law fails to provide justice to the marginalized sections of society. The themes of loyalty, love, and sacrifice are explored through the characters of Velu, Daya and Neelu.
Vinod Khanna delivers a memorable performance as Shakti Velu, the postman-turned-don. His portrayal of the character is nuanced, and he shows the transformation of Velu from a simple, honest man to a feared underworld figure with great skill. Feroz Khan is equally impressive as Dayavan, the suave and charismatic don who is respected and feared in equal measure. Amala Akkineniâs performance as Neelu is understated, but effective.
The filmâs music, composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal, is a highlight of the movie. The song âAaj Phir Tum Pe Pyar Aaya Haiâ, sung by Pankaj Udhas, is a timeless classic that has become synonymous with the film.
Dayavan is a gripping crime drama that explores the dark side of Mumbaiâs seedy underbelly. It shows how the underworld and the law work hand in hand, and how justice is often denied to the marginalized sections of society. The movie is a must-watch for those who enjoy crime dramas and those interested in exploring the complexities of human relationships.
Dayavan is a 1988 action movie with a runtime of 2 hours and 56 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.