A. M. Nair

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Aiyappan-Pillai Madhavan Nair (1905–1990), also known as Nair-san, was closely involved with Japan in the Indian independence movement.


Nair did his basic schooling in Kerala. Nair had to leave[citation needed] Kerala at 18 as he led protests against British rule. He studied engineering in Japan at Kyoto University. After a short stint as an engineer he entered Japanese politics as a follower of Subhas Chandra Bose, becoming his personal valet.[1] During the Second World War, Nair joined the Indian Independence league in Japan under Rash Behari Bose. In 1949, Nair founded an Indian restaurant in Ginza, Tokyo.[2]

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Nair was given the Order of the Sacred Treasure (Kun zuihosho) by Emperor Hirohito in November 1984. He died on 22 April 1990.[3]


An upcoming film named Naiarsan starring Mohanlal and Jackie Chan is being made based on his life, directed by Alberrt Antoni.[4][5][6][7]


  • An Indian freedom fighter in Japan: Memoirs of A.M. Nair (1982) Sole distributorship, Ashok Uma Publications ISBN 0-86131-339-9


  1. ^ "The Man Who Knew Netaji". Rediff.com. 23 January 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  2. ^ "Ginza Nair's Restaurant". Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Million dollar Chan cameo in 'Nair San'". MSN. 13 August 2008. Archived from the original on 24 August 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Mohanlal to play unsung freedom fighter in Indo-Japanese film". PTI – The Press Trust of India Ltd. 29 November 2006. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Malayalam Cinema News : Mohanlal's 'Aiyyapanpillai Madhavan Nair' is in Japan.....". Bharat Waves. Archived from the original on 5 December 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "Mohanlal, Jackie Chan to act together in Nair San". CNN-IBN. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Mohanlal learns Japanese, Chinese". Deccan Herald. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 16 February 2009. [dead link]

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