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Nayagan (, a.k.a. Nayakan; English: The Hero) is a 1987 Indian film, written, directed, and co-produced by Mani Ratnam. Upon release, the film got rave reviews across India. Kamal Hassan's performance as Velu Naiker earned him a National Film Award for Best Actor. The film also earned the National Award for Best Cinematography (P. C. Sriram) and Best Art Direction (Thotta Tharani).

Nayagan is based on the real-life Bombay underworld don Varada or Varadarajan Mudaliar, and sympathetically depicts the struggle of South Indians living in Bombay (now Mumbai). The film also stars Saranya, Karthika, Nassar, Delhi Ganesh and Janagaraj. The soundtrack of the film was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.

The film was nominated by India as its entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the Academy Awards in...
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