After years and years of hearing everyone else talk about it, finally watched it Friday night. I must say I loved it! Brando's dialogue delivery was stunning - very understated and powerful. I totally loved the cast, dialogues, lighting and the sound track. I am eagerly awaiting "Godfather II" in the mail now!
It was also revealing just how many scenes/concepts from this movie Maniratnam has imitated in his own flicks..:-) Kamalhassan has also copied a lot of Marlon Brando's gestures and body language in "Nayagan". But that doesn't take away any credit from Maniratnam or Kamalhassan. I still think "Nayagan" is one of the top 5 movies of all time in Indian cinema. It is the only movie that moves me to tears even today.
The Godfather came out in 1972, Nayagan in 1987. Almost 30 years later, Indian cinema hasn't produced a mob-flick that is comparable to either of the above two. Hindi cinema has at least made a few attempts at it ("Sarkar", "Company" etc..) But Tamil cinema is wayyyyy behind. Come on, Kollywood, catch up!