The official Tamil re-make of the Hindi blockbuster “3 Idiots” has finally released much to the delight of the audience who were eagerly awaiting to see how the film which would turn out to be considering the fact that it had the man with the midas touch Director Shankar at the helm of things. For Shankar though this film is his debut in the re-make category and quite frankly he has done a pretty good job in managing to blend the storyline with the intricate adjustments required to suite the tastes of Tamil audience.  In the end this “Nanban” (Friend) is a wholesome entertainer for the masses.

Vijay plays the role of Pari (essayed by Aamir Khan in the original), Srikanth plays Venkat (essayed by Madhavan) and Jiva plays Senthil (essayed by Sharman Joshi). Ileana in the role of Riya plays the female lead while Sathyaraj essays the role of Virumandi Sandhanam a.k.a Virus.

The film starts typically in the same vein as how it was with the original and as a viewer one begins to think if this film is a frame-by-frame re-make of the original, Shankar comes up with some minor but interesting changes in the execution which makes this film quite a treat to watch. Sathyan who plays the character of Srivatsan a.k.a Silencer has done a convincing role of playing an american bred Tamilian.  S J Surya and Ajay Rathinam appear in small cameos.

The first-half of the film moves at an express pace and the second-half which is filled with emotional and sentimental aspects of the storyline just lags a bit. However, the movie as a whole does provide with some great entertainment value the main contributor being the comedy scenes which are top class.

The music by Harris Jeyaraj however doesn’t match the magic of the original and one wonders if Director Shankar’s favorite musician A R Rahman could have been a better choice for this film. Cinematography by Manoj Paramahansa is truly commendable especially the scenes which displays the beauty of Ooty and Rameswaram enjoys special mention.

In terms of acting, Vijay has for the first time in so many years has shed his mass hero image and has done the role of Pari quite convincingly and his performance does match up to that of Aamir Khan. Srikanth though doesn’t quite match with that of Madhavan’s but Jiva looks like a perfect copy of Sharman Joshi. Ileana being a lesser known actress in Kollywood has done exceedingly well in the role of Riya and her dancing abilities are much better than that of Kareena Kapoor’s. Sathyaraj though is a kind of disappointment for the only reason that he has not brought anything new to the character and has imitated quite a bit of what Boman Irani does in “3 Idiots”.

The movie has a running time of 180 minutes with a perfect split of 90 minutes in each half and is sure to be a big-hit at the box-office. The budget of the movie is touted at an unofficial figure of 65 crores.

“Nanban” is a complete wholesome entertainer.


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