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Hero turned villain

HT Style looks back on some of Daya?s memorable Bollywood associations.

india Updated: Jan 26, 2006 03:25 IST
Piyush Roy

Hero to some (still), and villain to many (now), encounter specialist Daya Nayak might be a fallen hero today, but not long ago his associations with reel-life heroes and filmmakers was over full and brimming as one of Bollywood’s most inspired cops in the recent past.

After all, not every day we hear of a sub-inspector inspiring five frontline films based on him or gets to fly down an Amitabh Bachchan to the inauguration of a school in the rural hinterland dedicated to his mother with star attendees like Sanjay Dutt, Aftab Shivdasani and Suniel Shetty to boot.

HT Style looks back on some of Daya’s memorable Bollywood associations.

Ram Gopal Varma

His most critically acclaimed underworld saga Company began with an on-screen dedication to Daya Nayak. Off screen Daya has always been a reliable sounding board and the authentic check behind most of Varma’s gangster sagas.

Nana Patekar

The method actor openly hobnobbed with Daya Nayak (to get that authentic perspective) and talked about it too during the making of Ab Tak Chappan — a critically acclaimed film inspired by Nayak and other encounter specialist police officers.

Amitabh Dayal

Talking of inspirations, Dayal’s was perhaps the longest inspirational stint as he interacted with Daya for nearly six months ‘understanding the policeman and his private life better’ for N Chandra’s Kagaar – Living On The Edge.


The superstar presided at the inauguration of the Radha Nayak Government High School (dedicated to Daya’s mother) in his native village Yennehole, (about 75 km from Mangalore) in early 2002.

M F Husain

The celebrated painter-turned-film director made for one of the prominent non-Bollywood presences at the above school launch, to the surprise of many. Husain also painted and donated one of his trademark horses on canvass paintings to the school to mark the occasion.

First Published: Jan 26, 2006 03:25 IST