Enga Area Ulla Varathey
|Directed by||Venkat Prabhu|
|Produced by||S. P. B. Charan
J. K. Saravana
|Written by||Venkat Prabhu|
|Narrated by||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja
|Edited by||B. Lenin
Praveen K. L.
N. B. Srikanth
Capital Film Works
|27 April 2007|
|Budget||₹ 1.65 crore |
|Box office||₹12 crore|
Chennai 600028 is a 2007 Tamil sports comedy film written and directed by Venkat Prabhu, in his directorial debut. The film stars Jai, Shiva, Premji Amaran, Aravind Akash, Nithin Sathya and newcomers Ajay Raj, Ranjith, Vijay Vasanth, Prasanna, Inigo, Karthik and Arun in the lead along with Vijayalakshmi, daughter of National Film Award-winning director Agathiyan, and Kristine Zedek, making their acting debut as well. The film was produced by S. P. B. Charan along with J. K. Saravana, a Singapore-based award-winning producer. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Premji Amaran and Yuvan Shankar Raja, respectively.
The film is based on street cricket played in India, focussing on various themes as friendship, love and rivalry in a suburban area. Following its theatrical release on 27 April 2007, it received critical acclaim and emerged a surprise sleeper hit, going on to achieve cult status in the subsequent years and is often cited as one of the first independent Tamil films. The film's title is derived from the pincode for Mandaveli, a suburb of Chennai, where the story takes place. The success of the film gained the relatively unknown actors — Jai, Shiva, Premji Amaren and Nithin Sathya, newcomers Vijayalakshmi, Vijay Vasanth and the director Venkat Prabhu popularity. Upon release, the film was dubbed into Telugu and released as Kodithe Kottalira. This film was also remade in Sri Lanka as Super Six and it is the highest budgeted film made so far in the Cinema of Sri Lanka. The film was also remade in Kannada as Bangalore 560023.
The story revolves around two local cricket league teams that compete against each other in local matches and consider each other as sworn enemies. Royapuram Rockers are on top of the chain and keep bashing Sharks year after year. The heroes of the movie are the Sharks team.
The story begins when Raghu's parents move from Royapuram to Visalakshi Thottam, Chennai 600 028. Raghu, (member of the Royapuram Rockers Cricket team) and a college student living with his parents has no choice but to move with them although he detests the area. He is not very excited at the prospect of living in the same area as his sworn enemies. Raghu is faithful to his old team Rockers but his team mates ignore him because of the distance. Angered at being replaced by a new guy in the team in one of the matches, Raghu estranges himself from cricket and Rockers.
Raghu informs of Pazhani's sister Selvi's love for Karthick to him. This incident initiates the Raghu's friendship with a few Sharks team players and eventually gets induced into the team. Raghu practices with Sharks to play against Rockers in the upcoming Radio Mirchi trophy. Pazhani, who soon comes to know of his sister's and Karthick's love affair is disappointed and then there is a tiff amongst the friends. The team splits up for a while. But Karthick apologises to Pazhani and they make up. The team is united again and they start practicing for the trophy once again. Unfortunately, Karthick gets stabbed by his brother's enemies and is rendered unfit to play the match. Pazhani replaces Karthick as the captain and the team heads for the match.
Under tight pressure and with a nail biting finish Sharks finally defeat Rockers in the semi-finals of the tournament. In the finals they meet their nemesis, a bunch of school kids named Bad Boys-II who practice by bunking school to play cricket on the beach. The kids are really good and the Sharks know it because they have lost to them once before and that too very badly...the movie ends with the team really struggling to keep it up in the game.
- Jai as Raghu
- Shiva as Karthik
- Premji Amaran as Seenu
- Aravind Akash as Aravind
- Nithin Sathya as Pazhani
- Vijay Vasanth as Gopi
- Ajay Raj as Ezhumalai
- Prasanna as Shanmugham
- Ranjith as Imran
- Arun as Uday
- Karthik as Arivu
- Vijayalakshmi as Selvi
- Sampath Raj as Guna
- Ilavarasu as Manohar
- Kristine Zedek as Swetha
- Inigo Prabakaran as Rocker's captain
- Badava Gopi as Commentator
- Sakthi Saravanan as Aravind's boss
Venkat Prabhu had initially titled the film as Enga Area Ulla Varaadha, but lyricist Vaali was critical of the idea and felt that the title was "negative" sounding. The film was subsequently renamed as Chennai 600028, with the idea of including the area's postcode taken from the title of the American drama series, Beverly Hills, 90210.
|Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja|
22 February 2007 (India)
25 February 2007 (Singapore / Malaysia)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The film's score was composed by Venkat Prabhu's brother, Premji Amaran, while his cousin, Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the soundtrack, which also featured two tracks that were rearranged by Premji. The soundtrack album, featuring 9 tracks in all, was released on 22 February 2007 in India and three days later in Singapore and Malaysia. The audio was launched at the radio station Radio Mirchi, broadcasting all the songs live, which was said to be the first time in India. The lyrics were written by 'Kavignar' Vaali and Gangai Amaran, father of Venkat Prabhu. Also, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja penned the lyrics for the song "Natpukullae", besides singing it. 19 singers had rendered their voice for the songs, including Yogi B, DJ Funky Sathiya and SilveStar, two Singaporean rappers, actor Karunas, director Venkat Prabhu and producer S. P. B. Charan.
The album was both critically acclaimed and gained immense popularity upon its release, being described as, "excellent", a "rocking album" and one of the "aesthetic highlights" of the film. The songs were said to be a big hit as reportedly 25000 CDs were sold on the very first day, "ruling the charts" worldwide. The songs "Jalsa" and "Saroja Saman Nikalo" were "rocking the dance floors".
|1||Ulle Vaa||Yuvan Shankar Raja, Yogi B, DJ Funky Sathiya, SILVEstar||3:51||'Kavignar' Vaali|
|2||Un Parvai||Vijay Yesudas||4:09||Vaali|
|3||Natpukkullae||Yuvan Shankar Raja||2:36||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|4||Yaaro (Love)||S. P. Balasubramanyam, K. S. Chithra||5:15||Vaali|
|5||Jalsa||Ranjith, Tippu, Premji Amaran, Haricharan, Karthik||3:57||Gangai Amaran|
|6||Oh! Oh! Ennanamo||Anushka Manchanda||4:06||Vaali|
|7||Yaaro (Friendship)||S. P. B. Charan, Venkat Prabhu||5:01||Vaali||Composed by Premji Amaren|
|8||Jalsa (Remix)||Sabesh, Gana Ulaganathan, Gana Pazhani, Karunas, Premji Amaren||4:08||Gangai Amaran||Remixed by Premji Amaren|
|9||Saroja Saman Nikalo||Shankar Mahadevan, Premji Amaran||4:15||Gangai Amaran|
Plans of making a sequel to Chennai 600028 have been reported several times in the media, first in 2007 shortly after the film's release. In 2009, Indiaglitz.com reported that Venkat Prabhu and producer S. P. B. Charan would join together in 2010 to start the second part with a "top slot mass hero", while Charan reiterated the same in an interview later. In 2011, sources said that a sequel to Chennai 28 had been planned earlier but was not "on cards as of now". In 2012, Venkat Prabhu again expressed interest in making a sequel, stating "I personally love to do Chennai- 28 with the tagline Second Innings".
- Vijay Award for Best Crew
- Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year - Venkat Prabhu
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Film
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Director - Venkat Prabhu
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer - Venkat Prabhu
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor - Shiva
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress - Vijayalakshmi Ahathian
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Editor - B. Lenin
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Lyricist - Vaali
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Male Playback Singer - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Choreographer - Ajay Raj
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