|Produced by||Raju Easwaran|
Madhan Karky (dialogues)
|Screenplay by||Rajkumar Hirani
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
|Story by||Rajkumar Hirani
|Based on||Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT!
by Chetan Bhagat
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Studio||Gemini Film Circuit|
|Running time||189 minutes|
Nanban (English: Friend) is a 2012 Tamil comedy-drama film directed by Shankar. It is a remake of Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots (2009), which itself was adapted from the novel Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT! by Chetan Bhagat. featuring an ensemble cast that includes Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D'Cruz, Sathyan and Sathyaraj. The plot of the film illustrates the embankment of two friends on a quest for a lost buddy, who was once an optimistic and successful student. On their journey, they recount their college life and special moments that the three shared up until their lost friend secretly parted ways after convocation. During their quest, the two encounter a rival classmate who once made a long forgotten bet with them, a funeral that goes impossibly out of control, and a wedding they must crash.
The film's soundtrack and background score were composed by Harris Jayaraj and cinematography was handled by Manoj Paramahamsa. The film was produced by Gemini Film Circuit, who had purchased the remake rights of 3 Idiots in early 2010. A lengthy and controversial delay in casting caused commencement of filming to be pushed to a year later. Filming took place for a total of eight months in various locations in Europe and India. The film saw its worldwide release on 12 January 2012 to highly positive reviews and emerged a financial success. Its dubbed version in Telugu, Snehithudu, released on 26 January 2012 in Andhra Pradesh, also received good response at the box office. Nanban was screened at the Melbourne Indian Film Festival on 12 June 2012.
Wildlife photographer Venkataramakrishnan "Venkat" Srikanth receives a phone-call from his collegemate Srivatsan "Silencer" Sathyan telling him that their lost collegemate Panchavan Parivendhan "Pari" Joseph Vijay has been found. Venkat stops the flight and hires a car. Along with Sevarkodi Senthil "Senthil" Jiiva, Venkat goes to their college water tank, where Silencer had asked them to come. Silencer shows his richness and recalls a bet he had with Pari on their college-days. Then the trio go by car to Ooty, where Pari is believed to be. On their way, they recall their moments with Pari. Pari was a brilliant student, who believed in studying by understanding, while Silencer was involved in meaningless mugging. Venkat studied for his father's ambition of making him an engineer, burying his interest in Wildlife Photography, Senthil studies to improve his poor family's status and to make his elder sister get married. But Pari studied only to gain knowledge and for nothing other than that. Pari has a constant tussle with the college's principal Virumandi Santhanam "Virus" Sathyaraj, as Virus also believes in meaningless mugging. One day, when Virus doesn't approve the project of fellow student Paneer Selvam, Paneer commits suicide. Pari tells Virus that he is the cause for the suicide, thus making Virus write letters to the families of Venkat and Senthil. The fury and rage of Virus towards Pari grows more and more stronger when the trio break up to Virus's elder daughter Swetha's Anuya Bhagvath marriage and ends up caught by Virus and his younger daughter Ria Ileana D'Cruz. Soon, Ria falls for Pari after seeing his kindness. Virus becomes more infuriated and asks Venkat and Senthil to go to Srivatsan's room, and asking them to cut their friendship with Pari. The trio ends up drunken in Virus's house as Pari proposes to Ria. Venkat and Senthil urinates the entrance of Virus's house and creates ruckus there. Meanwhile the trio pass their exams and Virus bets with Pari that none of Venkat or Senthil would get a job at the college campus interview and if they do, Virus will take off his moustache. Venkat goes to his father and tells him of his interest in wildlife photography and his father accepts it. Senthil gets job at the campus interview, and Virus gets his moustache off. The infuriated Virus creates a tough exam paper, specially made for Senthil to fail him. Ria tells this to Pari, and he and Venkat goes and fetches the xerox of the question paper from Virus's office. Virus comes to know this and expels the trio from school. Ria hears this and she tells that the deceased son of Virus committed suicide, due to Virus's enforcement of him to study engineering. Telling this, Ria leaves for her hospital. Meanwhile the pregnant Swetha goes into labour. When the ambulance stops due to heavy rain, Pari, Senthil and Venkat help Swetha get her baby successfully, thus making Virus reject the expel and gives him an astronaut's pen, a symbol of excellence. Pari & Senthil passes the exams while Venkat becomes a wildlife photographer.
There ends the flashback. Now Venkat and Senthil reach Pari's house, where they are shocked to see a different man with the name Pari. Silencer tells them that when his secretary Lara came to Ooty to get the appointment for meeting Kosaksi Pasapugazh, the great scientist, he found Pari in a photograph. They go to Pari's house and asks the other guy where their friend is. He tells that, their friend is not Pari, but Pappu, and that the real Pari made fraud by making Pappu study engineering instead of him under his name. He reveals that fake-Pari, their friend is at Dhanushkodi. They go to Coimbatore and get Ria rid from an unwanted marriage & return to Dhanushkodi. They meet the fake-Pari and then Silencer asks the fake-Pari to sign a declaration of defeat document on losing the bet. Silencer sees fake-Pari signing with Virus's pen, and takes it with him telling that it is for winners. When Venkat, Senthil and Ria asks the fake-Pari what his true name is, he tells them that it is Kosaksi Pasapugazh. Pasapugazh calls Silencer and reveals to him that he is the person Silencer chased for and wins the bet.
- Vijay as Panchavan "Pari" Pariventhan/Kosaksi "Pappu" Pasapugazh
- Jiiva as Sevarkodi Senthil
- Srikanth as Venkat Ramakrishnan
- Ileana D'Cruz as Ria Santhanam
- Sathyaraj as Virumandi Santhanam (Virus)
- Sathyan as Srivatsan (Silencer)
- Anuya Bhagvath as Swetha Santhanam
- Manobala as Bose
- Uma Padmanabhan as Mrs. Ramakrishnan
- Indrans as Govindan
- Vijay Vasanth as Paneerselvam
- S. J. Surya as Panchavan "Pari" Pariventhan (Guest appearance)
- Ajay Rathnam as Panchavan "Pari" Pariventhan's father
- Shankar in a special appearance (Asku Laska Song)
Following Gemini Film Circuit's purchase of the remake rights for 3 Idiots in January 2010, there was much speculation in regard to the three title roles essayed by Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the original. Gemini Film Circuit approached noted directors Shankar, Vishnuvardhan and S. Dharani to replace Rajkumar Hirani as the director, with the approval from Shankar leading to him being signed. Despite speculation that he was set to pull out from directing his first remake as it would be a step down from his previous film, Enthiran, Shankar stated his commitment in October 2010. He later added that, "he came across 3 Idiots during the making of Endhiran, and it was that moment he decided to break his self-imposed rule – making only original movies and decided to direct his first remake venture." As Shankar's norm music director, A. R. Rahman couldn't be retained for the project due to his busy schedules, Harris Jayaraj and Yuvan Shankar Raja were approached to compose the soundtrack, with Shankar settling for the former with whom he had worked with in the 2005 action film Anniyan earlier. Meanwhile, Manoj Paramahamsa, whose work in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Eeram had been critically acclaimed, was signed on as the cinematographer. Sound designer Resul Pookutty and visual effects designer V. Srinivas Mohan joined the crew, following a successful collaboration in Enthiran.
For the lead role enacted by Aamir Khan, initial reports suggested that Suriya was the front runner, who however dismissed the link citing that his commitments had left him busy. A special screening for the film industry included Vijay, who expressed his desire to work in the film, and was subsequently signed up by Gemini Film Circuits to portray the lead role. However, by mid-December 2010, soon after trial shoots were held, Vijay walked out the film following disputes over his dates, with Surya being labelled as his likely replacement. Reports claimed that talks with Surya failed, since the actor had demanded salary increase and dubbing rights for the Telugu-version of the film. Surya's reasons for refusing the offer was later confirmed not to be true, with Surya himself revealing that he had opted out only because of other film commitments and "did not want to keep Shankar waiting." As a result, Vijay was once again finalised for the role.
The roles of the other two titular characters took considerably longer to confirm. Madhavan was initially approached to reprise his role from the original but made it clear that he was unwilling to be a part of the remake, citing the film had already "gone down in history". Early indications suggested that Udhayanidhi Stalin had replaced him but the claims were false. In November 2010, reports emerged that Vinay Rai or Nakul were set to play the role, however Vinay cited that he refused the project as the role was not as meaty as the other two characters. Consequently, the production house signed Srikanth to play the role, after seeing his performance in Drohi, which had come after several box-office failures for him. Sharman Joshi's role was originally offered to Silambarasan, but after discussions, it was revealed that Silambarasan could not associate himself with the character. Subsequently the role was offered to Siddharth, a protege of Shankar, who also went on to refuse the project. Despite further reports that Arya and Jiiva were being considered, the latter signed on and agreed with Shankar that he would play Joshi's role instead of Madhavan's. The role played by Kareena Kapoor in the original, was reported to be played by either Shruti Haasan or Asin. However Ileana D'Cruz was signed on for the film after attempts to feature Katrina Kaif in the film had failed. The college professor's role was given to Sathyaraj, despite early indications that Prakash Raj would be approached. Omi Vaidya was unable to reprise his role from the original and comedian Sathyan Sivakumar was signed on to essay his role, while S. J. Surya signed on to appear in a guest role, portraying the role enacted by Javed Jaffrey. Anuya Bhagvath was also signed up for a supporting role.
The first schedule of filming was held in Ooty, where scenes involving Ileana, Srikanth and Jiiva were shot. During the second schedule scenes involving the lead cast were canned at Dehradun and a car chase at various places in Chennai, while two songs were filmed in London and Buckingham during the third schedule. Some significant parts of the film were shot in Chennai at Sun Studios and the Ampa Skywalk Mall, as well as in the Koyambedu water tank for three days, for which an Akila crane was used. Further filming, including the climax, was held at various locations in Europe, Andamans and Coimbatore. Filming was wrapped-up in October with a song featuring Vijay and Ileana, which was choreographed by Farah Khan. The filming process lasted for eight months.
|Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
The soundtrack and background score was composed by Harris Jayaraj, working with Shankar for the second time after Anniyan (2005), while scoring for a Vijay-starrer for the first time. The soundtrack, consisting of six original songs, was released on 23 December 2011, at Hindusthan College of Arts and Science in Coimbatore, before Jayaraj's concert, Harris: On The Edge, commenced at the same venue. Lyrics were provided by Pa. Vijay, Viveka, Na. Muthukumar and Madhan Karky, the latter two penning lyrics for two songs each. Notably, Karky's lyrics in "Asku Laska" include more than 16 different languages.
|1.||"En Frienda Pola Yaaru Machcha"||Vivega||Krish, Suchith Suresan||3:57|
|2.||"All is Well"||Na. Muthukumar||Hemachandran, Mukesh||5:35|
|3.||"Asku Laska Ammo Ammom"||Madhan Karky||Vijay Prakash, Chinmayi, Suvi||6:21|
|4.||"Endhan Kann Munnae"||Madhan Karky||Aalap Raju||2:10|
|5.||"Olli Belli Jelli Belli"||Pa. Vijay||Vijay Prakash, Javed Ali, Sunidhi Chauhan||5:10|
|6.||"Nalla Nanban Vendum Enru"||Na. Muthukumar||Ramakrishnan Murthy||4:25|
Lyrics are Penned by Sirivennela Sitaramasastri, Vanamali, Ramajogayya Sastry. The release of the Telugu version album Snehithudu was held on 19 January in Hyderabad. It was attended by Ram Charan Teja, Vijay, S. Shankar, Ileana, Srikanth, Harris Jayaraj, Sathyaraj, S. J. Surya, Sathyan and Dil Raju. Also present were Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Sharman Joshi, who were part of the original film 3 Idiots.
|1.||"Mana Friendalle"||Krish, Suchith Suresan||3:57|
|2.||"Heartu lo Battery"||Hemachandran, Mukesh||5:35|
|3.||"Asku Laska"||Vijay Prakash, Chinmayi, Suvi(Rap)||6:21|
|4.||"Toli Adugaina Padalede"||Aalap Raju||2:10|
|5.||"Ileana Chitti Belliana"||Vijay Prakash, Javed Ali, Sayanora Philips||5:10|
|6.||"Ne Vupiri Ne Sonthama"||Ramakrishnan Murthy||4:25|
The album received generally positive reviews. IndiaGlitz.com wrote that the music album is "ready to mesmerize you". Behindwoods.com labelled it a "winner all the way", adding that it had "good variety all through the album [...] and ample scope for festivities in the theater". Top10cinema.com wrote that it had three songs that "strike spectacularly with its rich music and commendable lyrics", calling it a "good work by Harris". 600024.com mentioned: "Overall, this Nanban is your well-Known Friend". KollyTalk.com called it "Youthful and refreshing". On the contrary, Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff wrote that there was "nothing new about the music in Nanban", concluding that Harris Jayaraj had "obviously taken the safe route, sticking to his usual template for most of the songs in this album".
Prior to the release, Nanban was voted the "most expected film" of 2012 through an online public poll conducted by Vikatan. After being certified with a 'U' rating by the Censor Board, the film was released on 12 January 2012 for Pongal.
Nanban advance booking opened well to full houses, with good sales from those in Chennai city and suburbs. It has had the highest number of shows in a single day at Mayajaal multiplex in Chennai at that time. Resulting a total of 77 shows on its opening day at Mayajaal multiplex alone. The film opened in nearly 625 screens in Tamil Nadu. It was released in 50 screens in Chennai and 31 screens in Hyderabad. It released simultaneously in UK, the US, Malaysia and Singapore. Nanban became the first Tamil film to be released with French subtitles in France. It also became the first film to get exempted from the 30 percent entertainment tax in Tamil Nadu by the new scheme introduced by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Telugu film distributor Dil Raju bought the theatrical rights of Snehitudu, the Telugu dubbed version of Nanban for Andhra Pradesh market. Snehitudu was released on 26 January 2012. The satellite rights of the film was sold out to STAR Vijay for a record price of 120 million.
The film opened to highly positive reviews. Sify called it an "engaging film with noble intentions. It deserves viewing because films like this are hard to find". Behindwoods.com rated the film 3.5/5 and wrote: "Nanban has got more than something for everyone. It is very unlikely that a person finds such a wholesome package unsatisfying. All is absolutely well!" Pavithra Srinivasan from Rediff.com gave the film 3/5 stars, describing it as "the perfect feel-good fare for the festive season, despite minor glitches". Malathi Rangarajan from The Hindu wrote: "Nanban is an enjoyable cocktail of humour with some sentiment and sadness thrown in for that extra appeal. Once again Shankar proves the master craftsman that he is". Anupama Subramanian from Deccan Chronicle gave the film 3/5 stars, while labelling it as a "feel-good film with a larger message and a brilliant feat by Vijay which makes the film a not-to-be-missed one!" Venkateswaran Narayanan from Times of India wrote: "All is well with Nanban because Shankar's retelling of 3 Idiots retains its soul and has its heart in the right place". Zee News wrote: "Nanban is a must watch, grab your tickets now. It’s the best gift Vijay could have given to his diehard fans this Pongal". IndiaGlitz.com named it a "clear entertainer", "a whiff of fresh air from the mindless masala movies" and a welcome change". Rohit Ramachandran of nowrunning.com rated it 3/5 stating that "Nanban is Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots staged and presented by Shankar in a different language with grandeur. The base material is solid and Shankar obediently traces it. Out comes an uplifting entertainer that will draw raves from viewers of all kinds". Oneindia.in gave a positive verdict and wrote, "All is well. It is a Shankar's Sankrathi feast for the audience! Do not hesitate to watch Nanban even if you have seen 3 Idiots". CNN-IBN said that it was "sweet and satisfying". Acclaimed actor Kamal Hassan appreciated Vijay's performance in the movie and lauded the team's effort in making such a good entertainer. At the Internet Movie Database the film stands up with a rating of 7.8 out of 10 stars. Jeevi from Idlebrain.com with regards to the Telugu version Snehithudu commented that "the magic of 3 idiots is missing", and gave 3/5 stars. Indiaglitz stated that Snehithudu was a "passable remake". On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an audience rating of 96% based on nearly 1200 votes.
The film opened with 100% occupancy in both multiplexes and single screens in Tamil Nadu including Chennai and other cities. In Chennai city alone the film netted 22.7 million (US$390,000) in its first weekend, and 49.5 million (US$850,000) at the end of the first week, staying at first place at the Chennai box office. It had grossed around 78.9 million (US$1.4 million) in Chennai after seven weeks, out of which approximately 10 million (US$170,000) came from Sathyam Cinemas multiplex alone. In Coimbatore and Nilgiris area, Nanban opened in 70 screens and netted 52.0 million (US$890,000) in the first week. It also got a great opening at the Bangalore box-office, where it was still featured in Top 5 even one month after its release. The film's gross collection after its first week from 4 circuits of Coimbatore was around 55 million (US$950,000), supposedly the second highest figure after Endhiran. The film completed a 100-days-run at the box-office on 20 April 2012.
Nanban was released in 7 screens in Australia and grossed $76,580 in its first weekend. Overall it had grossed $110,422. In UK, it collected $173,789 in its first week with a per screen average of $7,241 in 24 theatres. After its 4-week run the film collected £214,735 (16.6 million) and became the 4th highest grosser in UK. It also secured the first place in the Malaysian box-office in the first week released in 37 screens, and collected a total of $871,959 after a six-week run. It collected a sum of 5.8 million (US$100,000) after 18 days at the Australian box office, whereas it had collected 38.2 million (US$660,000) at the Malaysian box office within the same period.
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