96 (film)

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96
96 Tamil poster.jpg
Directed by C. Prem Kumar
Produced by Nandagopal
Written by C. Prem Kumar
Starring
Music by Govind Menon
Cinematography Mahediran Jayaraju and N. Shanmuga Sundaram
Edited by R. Govindaraj
Production
company
Madras Enterprises
Release date
4 October 2018
Running time
2 hrs 37 mins
Country India
Language Tamil
Box office 5 crores[1]

96 is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language romantic drama film featuring Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha Krishnan in the lead roles.

The film is written and directed by C. Prem Kumar who earlier handled the cinematography for Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom, and its bankrolled by Nandagopal of Madras Enterprises. The music for the film is composed by Govind Menon, vocalist and violinist of the band Thaikkudam Bridge. Costumes are designed by Subhashree Kaarthik Vijay. Mahendiran Jayaraju and N. Shanmuga Sundaram are doing the cinematography.[2]

Cast[edit]

Plot[edit]

K. Ramachandran (Vijay Sethupathi) is a middle aged, free spirited travel photographer who, upon visiting his childhood town of Thanjavur and his old school, gets nostalgic and puts forth an idea to conduct a reunion for their class, the class of '96.

2 months later at the reunion, along with his old friends, Ramachandran's high school sweetheart S. Janaki (Trisha Krishnan) also turns up; creating moments of awkwardness and unresolved tension between the duo.

The couple takes a journey back in time, remembering the sweet and bitter moments that took place 22 years prior; when the couple's love strengthened and somewhere in between, disappeared mysteriously. They share a lot of things which happened during this 22 years; all in one night..

Production[edit]

Actress Trisha, who was last seen in Kodi, has said to be signed her next with actor Vijay Sethupathi for the upcoming yet-untitled Tamil film[3] which will be helmed by cinematographer Prem Kumar of Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom fame.

M. S. Bhaskar's son, Aditya Bhaskar makes his debut as the younger Vijay Sethupathi. Devadharshini's Daughter, Niyathi Kadambi, is playing the younger age of her role. Speaking about the film, a source was quoted said that, "Trisha has been finalised as the female lead for the project. However, the actress is yet to sign on the agreement officially. Prem Kumar had narrated the script to Sethupathi months ago, and he was impressed with it. Trisha's role will be a solid performance-oriented one. The rest of the cast and crew is yet to be finalised."[4][4]

Trisha finally revealed the title of her movie with Vijay Sethupathi as ‘96’, which is believed to be denoting the year 1996. The actress took to Twitter to announce this project. It is also being said that Trisha will have an equally important role and screen time as Sethupathi.[5] This will be the second time that Vijay Sethupathi and director Prem Kumar will team up for a film after their comic caper ‘Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom’ in 2012.[4]

The first-look poster was released on 14 February 2017, coinciding with Valentines Day. The technical team includes cinematography by N. Shanmuga Sundaram who also did Aandavan Kattalai, music by Govind Vasantha, edit by R. Govindaraj, art work by Vinoth Raj Kumar and lyrics by Uma Devi and Karthik Netha.[6] An official callout has been made by 96 team for young aspiring actors to perform as young Vijay Sethupathu and Trisha.[7]

The film entered production on 12 June 2017 at Kumbakonam.[8] Vijay Sethupathi is revealed to play the role of a travel photographer and will be travelling extensively during the shoot. The crew is currently looking for suitable actors to play the younger versions of Sethupathi and Trisha's characters, [9] and regarding the title the director says that 'the film revolves around characters who belong to the same batch – 1996, the years during which one does their schooling and college define their character. The year '96 plays a key role in this romantic film, and hence this title'[10][11] The story follows Vijay Sethupathi at ages 16, 19 and 37.

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."The Life of Ram"Karthik NethaPradeep Kumar05:54
2."Yean"Karthik NethaGowri TP02:24
3."Vasantha Kaalangal"Uma DeviChinmayi04:56
4."Thaabangale"Uma DeviChinmayi, Pradeep Kumar03:58
5."Iravingu Theevai"Uma DeviChinmayi, Pradeep Kumar03:41
6."Kaathalae Kaathalae (Version 1)"Karthik NethaChinmayi, Govind Vasantha03:31
7."Anthaathi"Karthik NethaChinmayi, Govind Vasantha, Bhadra Rajin (Carnatic portion) Chorus and M. Nassar07:15
8."Kaathalae Kaathalae (Version 2)"Karthik NethaChinmayi, Kalyani Menon, Govind Vasantha03:13

Promotion and marketing[edit]

The first look of the movie was released on 22 December 2016 by actress Trisha Krishnan on Twitter.[12] The first-look poster was unveiled on 14 February 2017, coinciding with Valentines Day.[6] The trailer of the movie was launched on 24 August 2018.[13]

Release[edit]

96 had a press screening for critics on 1 October 2018,[14] while the theatrical release took place on 4 October. Movie got highly positive reviews after its release and is considered one of the best tamil movies of 2018.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.behindwoods.com/tamil-movies/96/96-box-office-oct-21.html/
  2. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi-Trisha film titled `96`?". Sify.com. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  3. ^ "Trisha to team up with Vijay Sethupathi in his next : Celebrities, News – India Today". Indiatoday.intoday.in. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  4. ^ a b c "Trisha: Trisha reveals the title of her next with Vijay Sethupathi". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  5. ^ "vijay sethupathi-trisha: Now, Trisha in a film with Sethupathi". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 22 October 2016. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  6. ^ a b BehindwoodsVerified account (14 February 2017). "First look of #VijaySethupathi and #Trisha starrer #96thefilm". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  7. ^ "Young Vijay Sethupathi and Trisha on hunt now". Top 10 Cinema. 18 March 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  8. ^ "Trisha, Vijay Sethupathi's 96 goes on floors. See photos". The Indian Express. 12 June 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-12.
  9. ^ "What is Vijay Sethupathi's role in 96?". Kalakkalcinema.com. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  10. ^ "Vijay Sethupathi: Vijay Sethupathi plays a travel photographer in '96 | Tamil Movie News – Times of India". Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-06-02.
  11. ^ "What's delaying Vijay Sethupathi-Trisha '96'?". Top 10 Cinema. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  12. ^ "#lookingforwardto2017 No. 96 #trish59". Twitter. 1 July 2009. Retrieved 2016-12-22.
  13. ^ "'96' Is Capable To Tug At Your Heartstrings : Trailer Launched". Headlines Today. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  14. ^ https://www.ibtimes.co.in/96-movie-review-vijay-sethupathi-trisha-krishnans-romance-does-magic-782050
  15. ^ https://indianexpress.com/article/entertainment/tamil/96-movie-release-live-updates-trisha-5385643/

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