|Directed by||Kala Prabhu|
|Produced by||Kalaipuli S. Dhanu|
|Music by||A. R. Rahman|
|Running time||118 minutes|
Sakkarakatti (Tamil: சக்கரகட்டி; English: Sugarcube) is a 2008 Tamil romance film directed by Kalaprabhu and produced by his father, Kalaipuli S. Dhanu. It featured debutant Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj, son of veteran actor K. Bhagyaraj, in the lead role while Ishita Sharma and Vedhika played significant roles. It featured a successful soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, with the song "Taxi Taxi" sung by Benny Dayal becoming popular before the film's release. Sakkarakatti released on 26 September 2008 and was panned severely by critics and audience. It received mixed reviews.
Chennai-bred Yuvraj (Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj) has had four close friends from childhood. He meets and falls in love with Deepali (Ishita Sharma). However, his cousin, Reema (Vedhika), is in love with him. After Deepali sees Yuvraj with Reema, she becomes jealous and ignores Yuvraj when he follows her. Then Yuvraj and Deepali get back together. Later she sees Yuvraj and Reema together, but it was an accident. Deepali starts ignoring him again. Yuvraj wants to prove that he was not with Reema so his friends decide to throw a birthday party to mend the trio's fractured relationship. Deepali and Yuvraj finally unite.
- Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj as Yuvraj
- Ishita Sharma as Deepali
- Vedhika as Reema
- Lokesh as yuvaraj friend
- Nizhalgal Ravi
The producer Kalaipuli S. Dhanu began launched the film, Sakkarakatti, at AVM Studios on April 30, 2006 with A. R. Rahman, Vijay and K. Balachandar all attending. The film featured Dhanu's son, Kalaprabhu, in his debut as director whilst Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj, son of noted actor K. Bhagyaraj, was selected to portray the lead role. The film was initially described as a "candy floss love story with a city subject" and was set to feature Ishita Sharma and Sivi in other lead roles, although Sivi was later replaced by Vedhika. During the making of Sakkarakatti, cinematographer Andrew left the project as his dates clashed with a prior commitment with a Hindi film and was duly replaced by cinematographer Raja.
A song with graphics arranged by Soundarya Rajinikanth's Ocher Studios was shot in May 2007 at a cost of 35 lakh rupees, with the producer then exclaiming that "the song will be the talk of the town" when released. The song "Taxi Taxi" was reshot following the enormous response from the audience after the audio release.
Sakkarakatti opened alongside Sun Pictures' Kadhalil Vizhunthen at the box office on September 26, 2008 with the media hyping that it was a battle of two films with debutants and successful soundtracks.
Behindwoods cited : "Shanthanu has to play a thinly sketched hero, but he puts energy and charm into everything he does. He is more than promising- he’s star material, and he’ll survive this wreck. The debuting heroine, Ishita Sharma, is unimpressive. The second heroine, Vedhika, dances well and at least has some screen presence. ", while Sify said: "Shantanoo has that star quality to him which is so rare to find these days. But he is wasted in a role in which he just romance his heroines and dances", Nowrunning said: "Shanthanoo is fairly convincing as a cool college dude who metro audiences would love. He has not much to do beyond hanging out with his friends and cuddling the two heroines. Though the young hero seems bubbly, Prabhu is not able to tap his potential. Vedhika steals the show with her excellent performance as a jealous "morai penn' out to defeat the other girl. Her face-off with the hero in the climax deserves a big hand. ".
|Soundtrack album by A. R. Rahman|
|Released||July 12, 2008|
|Recorded||Panchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|A. R. Rahman chronology|
The score and soundtrack was composed by A.R. Rahman and the album was released on July 12, 2008. Initially Rahman was reluctant to compose the music for Sakkarakatti citing he was busy with other projects, but the director asked if Rahman could recycle songs from his Hindi films and he agreed. Rahman reused "Chinnamma Chilakkamma" and "Yeh Rishta" from Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities as "Chinnamma Chilakamma" and "Naan Eppodhu." Indai Haza happens to be the alter-ego of singer Chinmayee as per her blog. A reviewer from Indiaglitz.com stated that "Sakkarakatti is truly as sweet as sugar candy" in regard to the soundtrack.
|1||"Chinnamma"||Benny Dayal, Chinmayee||Pa. Vijay||05:36|
|2||"Elay"||Krish, Naresh Iyer||Na. Muthukumar||05:55|
|3||"I Miss You Da"||Chinmayee, Indai Haza||Na. Muthukumar||06:05|
|4||"Marudaani"||Madhushree, A.R. Rahman, Hentry Kuruvilla||Vaali||06:27|
|5||"Naan Epoudhu"||Reena Bhardwaj||Pa. Vijay||04:42|
|6||"Taxi Taxi Nanba"||Blaaze, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Viviane Chaix||Blaaze, Na. Muthukumar, Viviane Chaix||05:46|
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