Chennai 600028

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Chennai 600028
Chennai600028.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Venkat Prabhu
Produced by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
(Presenter)
S. P. B. Charan
J. K. Saravana
Written by Venkat Prabhu
Script Associate:
R. Sashi Dharan
Starring Jai
Shiva
Premji Amaren
Nithin Sathya
Aravind Akash
Vijay Vasanth
Ajay Raj
Prasanna
Ranjith
Karthik
Arun
Inigo Prabhakaran
Sampath Kumar
Ilavarasu
Vijayalakshmi
Kristine Zedek
Narrated by S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
Music by Original Songs:
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Background Score:
Premji Amaran
Cinematography Sakthi Saravanan
Edited by Film Editor:
B. Lenin
Digital & Avid Editor:
Praveen K. L.
N. B. Srikanth
Production
company
Distributed by Tantra films
Release dates
27 April 2007
Running time
141 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil
Budget 1.5 crore (equivalent to 3.2 crore or US$470,000 in 2016) [1]
Box office 12 crore (equivalent to 25 crore or US$3.8 million in 2016)

Chennai 600028 is a 2007 Tamil coming-of-age 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.[2] The film was produced by S. P. B. Charan along with J. K. Saravana, a Singapore-based award-winning producer.[3] 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.[4] Following its theatrical release on 27 April 2007, it received critical acclaim and emerged a surprise sleeper hit,[4][5] going on to achieve cult status in the subsequent years.[6] 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.[7] The film was also remade in Sinhalese as Super Six(2012), in Kannada as Bangalore 560023(2015) and in Bengali as Le Chakka(2010). A sequel for the film, Chennai 600 028 II: Second Innings, is under production as of 2016.

Plot[edit]

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 the Sharks year after year. The heroes of the movie are the Sharks' team.

The story begins when Raghu's (Jai) parents move from Royapuram to Visalakshi Thottam, Chennai 600 028. Raghu is a member of the Royapuram Rockers Cricket team, and a college student living with his parents. He 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 teammates, but they 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 the Rockers.

Raghu informs of Pazhani's (Nithin Sathya) sister Selvi's (Vijayalakshmi) love for Karthik (Shiva) to him. This incident initiates Raghu's friendship with a few Sharks team players and eventually gets induced into the team. Raghu practices with the Sharks to play against the Rockers in the upcoming Radio Mirchi trophy. Pazhani, who soon comes to know of his sister's and Karthik's love affair is disappointed and then there is a tiff amongst the friends. The team splits up for a while, but Karthik apologizes to Pazhani and they make up. The team is united again and they start practicing for the trophy once again. Unfortunately, Karthik gets stabbed by his brother's enemies and is rendered unfit to play the match. Pazhani replaces Karthik as the captain and the team heads for the match.

Under tight pressure and with a nail biting finish, the Sharks finally defeat the 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.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

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.[8]

Soundtrack[edit]

Chennai 600028
Chennai 600028 Front Cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Yuvan Shankar Raja
Released
22 February 2007 (India)
25 February 2007 (Singapore / Malaysia)
Recorded 2006
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label Five Star Audio
Producer Yuvan Shankar Raja
Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology
Deepavali
(2007)
Chennai 600028
(2007)
Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule
(2007)

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.[9] 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.[9] 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.[2]

The album was both critically acclaimed and gained immense popularity upon its release, being described as, "excellent", a "rocking album"[10] and one of the "aesthetic highlights" of the film.[11] The songs were said to be a big hit as reportedly 25000 CDs were sold on the very first day,[12] "ruling the charts" worldwide.[13] The songs "Jalsa" and "Saroja Saman Nikalo" were "rocking the dance floors".[14]

Track Song Singer(s) Duration (min:sec) Lyricist Notes
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

Release[edit]

The satellite rights of the film were sold to Sun TV. The film was given a "U" certificate by the Indian Censor Board.

Sequel[edit]

Main Article: Chennai 600028-II

Awards[edit]

Vijay Awards

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The new darlings of Kollywood". Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Chennai 600028 Cast & Crew". Oneindia.in. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "A creative force from Singapore". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  4. ^ a b "CHENNAI 28 BOX OFFICE TOP 10 OF 2007 - Behindwoods.com". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Tamil cinema in 2007 – half year report". Cinesouth.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Movies that beat the odds - Behindwoods.com". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 2012-07-13. 
  7. ^ "hindu.com". Friday Review - Cricket theme goes on (Chennai, India). 13 July 2007. 
  8. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-columns/photofinish-column-featuring-venkat-prabhu/article8172442.ece?secpage=true&secname=entertainment
  9. ^ a b "Chennai-600028 audio on Feb 22". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  10. ^ "Chennai 600028 - A youthful musical journey". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  11. ^ "Leading a winning team - Chennai 600028". Chennai, India: indiaglitz.com. 4 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  12. ^ "Chennai-600028 audio a big hit". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  13. ^ "Chennai 600028’s Audio Rules Top 10 List Worldwide!". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 
  14. ^ "‘Jalsa Pannungada’ rocks dance floors!". indiaglitz.com. Retrieved 2009-07-28. 

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