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Chennai 2 Singapore
Chennai 2 Singapore.jpg
Directed byAbbas Akbar
Produced byMedia Development Authority of Singapore and is the first collaboration between the Tamil and Singaporean film industries.
MM2 Entertainment Pte Ltd.
StarringGokul Anand
Rajesh Balachandiran
Anju Kurian
Shiv Keshav
Emcee Jesz
Music byGhibran
CinematographyKarthick Nallamuthu
Edited byPraveen K. L.
Comicbook Films India Private Ltd
Release date
7 December 2017 (Singapore)
8 December 2017 (Malaysia)
15 December 2017 (India)

Chennai 2 Singapore is a 2017 Tamil-language romantic comedy film written and directed by Abbas Akbar, featuring Gokul Anand, Rajesh Balachandiran, Anju Kurian, Shiv Keshav, Emcee Jesz[1] The film was jointly produced by Media Development Authority of Singapore, Ghibran, Vrobal and MM2 Entertainment Pte Ltd and co-produced by Shabir. It is based on the book Me and Earl and the Dying girl by Jesse Andrews. Chennai2Singapore is the first collaboration between the Tamil and Singaporean film industries.[2][3]


The film is a comedy about a struggling Indian film maker, Harish, who makes his way to Singapore to look for investors to finance his dream movie. However, a series of misfortunes foils his plans and he also ends up losing his passport. At a loss, Harish meets Vaanambaadi, an eccentric Singaporean cameraman. With Vaanambaadi's advice and help, Harish almost realises his dream. But then he meets a girl who is dying from cancer and gets swept up in a number of hilarious but serious situations. Without the cliched romance in Indian films, the story takes a light and humorous turn into a madcap journey about life, death and everything else.[4]


  • Gokul Anand as Harish
  • Rajesh Balachandiran as Vaanambaadi
  • Anju Kurian as Roshini
  • Shiv Keshav as Michael
  • Emcee Jesz as PapaBlast


In 2011, Abbas Akbar approached director Venkat Prabhu with the script of the film, hoping that the director would work on the project as an executive producer. Akbar held initial talks with Dinesh to play the lead role, but Prabhu's decision not to produce the film meant that Dinesh also opted against working on the project.[5] Akbar later approached actor R. Madhavan and narrated the script of the film to him, but the actor was busy with the production of Irudhi Suttru (2016) and was not interested in immediately beginning the project.[5] Abbas Akbar secured a fund from the Media Development Authority in Singapore to make the film, while he also sold his house to raise funds.[6] The first schedule began in Chennai and was completed by September 2014.[7] The second schedule of the film began in October 2014 in Singapore and featured a combination of cast members from India and Singapore.[8][9] Sathya and Hebah Patel began working on the film but the project soon ran into trouble after the film was half complete. The director and Sathya had creative differences after Sathya had refused to attend rehearsals and was subsequently removed from the film. The film was subsequently started with newcomers throughout 2015 and successfully finished by 2016.[5]


Chennai2Singapore (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Released5 September 2016 (2016-09-05)
GenreFilm soundtrack
LabelThink Music India
Ghibran chronology
Chennai2Singapore (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Vishwaroopam 2

Music composer, Mohamaad Ghibran announced on his social media pages that the audio launch will be done through a uniquely designed Audio Drive. Ghibran and director Abbas Akbar planned to undertake the cross-country trip from Chennai to Singapore, where each song number was released on YouTube at each border, from Chennai to Singapore, crossing Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand and Malaysia![10] Engaging his fans and friends through his social media pages, Ghibran asked for advice about the road trip. He also sent a wish for Ajith Kumar, known for his road skills, to offer his advice.[11][12]

The historic Audio Drive flag-off event in August 2016 at Sathyam Theatres Chennai was graced by popular Kollywood actor Suriya. The event garnered an outstanding media presence and wide publicity for the film and its prolific efforts to release each single. The first song that was released in Chennai, “Vaadi Vaadi” topped the charts on popular radio station, Radio Mirchi, for over a week in August 2016, and went on to top the weekly charts on other stations such as Big FM, Radio City and Suryan FM. The vibrant song also took the top spot for overall airplays across Chennai’s FMs in September 2016. The complete soundtrack of Chennai 2 Singapore claimed an impressive 1st spot on iTunes All India Music Store due to its snazzy city-styled numbers, and Apple Music chose “Vaadi Vaadi” as its best song of the week in September 2016.[13]

1."Vaadi Vaadi"Soundararajan KRajan Chelliah3:50
2."Poda"Sikkander , AnbumaniRJ Balaji, Abishek Raaja3:01
3."Pogadhe (Male Version)"Jaya RathakrishnanRajan Chelliah4:21
4."Texas Pogiraen"Narrow Smith, Sarva KannanNarrow Smith, Sharanya Gopinath4:00
5."Gun Inbam"Sikkander, Jil SriSharanya Gopinath, Abbas Akbar, Emcee Jesz3:27
6."Ro Ro Roshini"Karthik Netha, GhibranNivas4:40
7."Pogadhe (Female Version)"Jaya RathakrishnanSuthashini4:27
8."Vaadi Vaadi (Karaoke Version)"  3:46
9."Poda (Karaoke Version)"  2:58
10."Pogadhe (Male Version) [Karaoke Version]"  4:19
11."Texas Pogiraen (Karaoke Version)"  4:01
12."Gun Inbam (Karaoke Version)"  3:25
13."Ro Ro Roshini (Karaoke Version)"  4:40
14."Pogadhe (Female Version) [Karaoke Version]"  4:23
Total length:55:18


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  3. ^ Nikhil Raghavan. "Etcetera: Tamannaah upbeat Baahubali". The Hindu.
  4. ^ Muhammad, Fairoz (11 January 2016). அபாஸ் அக்பரின் கைவண்ணத்தில் உருவாகும் 'சென்னை2சிங்கப்பூர்'. Tamil Murasu.
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  7. ^ "Now, Tamil filmmakers eye Japan as the next market". The Times of India.
  8. ^ "'Chennai Singapore' makers hope to popularise Singapore". The Indian Express. 15 September 2014.
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  10. ^ "Ghibran's road trip from Chennai to Singapore". Sify. 6 January 2016.
  11. ^ "Ghibran wishes for a dose of advice from Thala Ajith". Only Kollywood. 4 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Ghibran to compose for Chennai Singapore". The Times of India.
  13. ^ "Chennai to Singapore".[dead link]

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