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Nanban (Tamil: நண்பன்; English: Friend) is an upcoming Tamil comedy drama film directed by S. Shankar.[1][2][3] The film features an ensemble cast that includes Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Ileana D'Cruz and Sathyaraj.[4] The soundtrack and background score is by Harris Jayaraj, working with Shankar for the second time after Anniyan (2005). Filming began in March 2011 following a lengthy delay in casting.[5][6] It is a remake of the 2009 Bollywood blockbuster film 3 Idiots, directed by Rajkumar Hirani, which was adapted from the novel Five Point Someone by Chetan Bhagat. The film will be dubbed into Telugu.[7]



  • 1 Cast

  • 2 Production

    • 2.1 Casting

    • 2.2 Filming

  • 3 Soundtrack

  • 4 References

[edit] Cast

  • Vijay

  • Jeeva

  • Srikanth

  • Ileana D'Cruz

  • Sathyaraj

  • S. J. Suryah

  • Sathyan

  • Kishore

  • Anuya Bhagvath

  • Lawrence Raghavendra

  • Manobala

  • Uma Padmanabhan

[edit] Production

[edit] Casting

Following Gemini Film Circuit's purchase of the remake rights for 3 Idiots in January 2010, there was much speculation in regard to the three title roles essayed by Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the original.[8] Gemini Film Circuit approached noted directors S. Shankar, Vishnuvardhan and S. Dharani to replace Rajkumar Hirani as the director, with the approval from Shankar leading to him being signed.[9] Despite speculation that he was set to pull out from directing his first remake as it would be a step down from his previous film, Enthiran, Shankar stated his commitment in October 2010.[10][11] As Shankar's norm music director, A. R. Rahman couldn't be retained for the project due to his busy schedules, Harris Jayaraj and Yuvan Shankar Raja were approached to compose the soundtrack,[12] with Shankar settling for the former with whom he had worked with in the 2005 action film Anniyan earlier.[13] Meanwhile, Manoj Paramahamsa, whose work in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa and Eeram had been critically acclaimed, was signed on as the cinematographer.[14]

For the lead role enacted by Aamir Khan, initial reports suggested that Suriya was the front runner, who however dismissed the link citing that his commitments had left him busy.[15] A special screening for the film industry also included Vijay, who expressed his desire to work in the film, and was subsequently signed up by Gemini Film Circuits to portray the lead role.[16][17] However, by mid-December 2010, soon after trial shoots were held, Vijay walked out the film following disputes over his dates, with Surya being labelled as his likely replacement.[18] Reports claimed that talks with Surya failed, since the actor had demanded salary increase and dubbing rights for the Telugu-version of the film.[19] Surya's reasons for refusing the offer was later confirmed not to be true, with Surya himself revealing that he had opted out only because of other film commitments and "did not want to keep Shankar waiting."[20] As a result, Vijay was once again finalized for the role.[21]

The roles of the other two titular characters took considerably longer to confirm. Madhavan was initially approached to reprise his role from the original but made it clear that he was unwilling to be a part of the remake, citing the film had already "gone down in history".[22] Early indications suggested that Udhayanidhi Stalin had replaced him but the claims were false.[17] In November 2010, reports emerged that Vinay Rai or Nakul were set to play the role, however Vinay cited that he refused the project as the role was not as meaty as the other two characters.[23] Consequently, the production house signed Srikanth to play the role, after seeing his performance in Drohi, which had come after several box-office failures for him.[24] Sharman Joshi's role was originally offered to Silambarasan, but after discussions, it was revealed that Silambarasan could not associate himself with the character.[25] Subsequently the role was offered to Siddharth, a protege of Shankar, who also went on to refuse the project.[26] Despite further reports that Arya and Jeeva were being considered, the latter signed on and agreed with Shankar that he would play Joshi's role instead of Madhavan's.[27][28] The role played by Kareena Kapoor in the original, was reported to be played by either Shruti Haasan or Asin.[16] However Ileana D'Cruz was signed on for the film after attempts to feature Katrina Kaif in the film had failed.[29] The college professor's role was given to Sathyaraj, despite early indications that Prakash Raj would be approached. Omi Vaidya was unable to reprise his role from the original and comedian Sathyan Sivakumar was signed on to essay his role, while S. J. Surya signed on to appear in a guest role, portraying the role enacted by Javed Jaffrey.[30] Anuya Bhagvath was also signed up for a supporting role.[31]

[edit] Filming

The first schedule of filming was held in Ooty, where scenes involving Ileana, Srikanth and Jeeva were shot.[32] During the second schedule scenes involving the lead cast were canned at Dehradun and a car chase at various places in Chennai,[33][34] while few important scenes and two songs were filmed in London and Buckingham during the third schedule.[35] Filming was further held at the 200 feet tall Koyambedu water tank in Chennai for three days, for which an Akila crane was used.[36] Other scenes were shot at various locations in Europe, Andamans, Chennai and Ooty.[37]

[edit] Soundtrack


Soundtrack album by Harris Jayaraj




Feature film soundtrack




Harris Jayaraj

Harris Jayaraj chronology

7aam Arivu


Oru Kal Oru Kannadi

The soundtrack and background score is composed by Harris Jayaraj, working with Shankar for the second time after Anniyan (2005). The album would consist of six songs. Madhan Karky has penned a romantic song that has lyrics in more than 10 different languages, sung by Vijay Prakash.[38]

[edit] References

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    3. ^ "Who will replace Vijay in ‘3 Idiots’ remake? - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 2010-12-11.

    4. ^ TNN, Dec 4, 2010, 12.00am IST (2010-12-04). "Tamil 3 Idiots' actors do style test - The Times of India". Retrieved 2010-12-11.

    5. ^ "3 Idiots Remake Shooting Cancelled - 3 Idiots - Shankar - Vijay - Mehesh Babu - Madhavan - Ileana - Shooting - Sathyaraj - Tamil Movie News". Retrieved 2010-12-11.

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    7. ^ "Vijay to cash in on Mahesh Babu's loss". Behindwoods. Retrieved August 2011.

    8. ^ The Hindu Business Line : ‘3 idiots' to be made in Tamil

    9. ^ Gemini Film Circuit | 3 Idiots | Tamil Version | Shankar | Dharani | Vishnuvardhan - Oneindia Entertainment

    10. ^ Shankar unlikely to do 3 Idiots remake

    11. ^ The HUMAN Touch

    12. ^ Here are the 3-Idiots in Tamil

    13. ^ "Hands full". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 2010-09-11.

    14. ^ Shankar - Tamil Movie News - Meet the Rascal - Shankar | Rascal | Vijay | STR | Madhavan -

    15. ^ "3 Idiots to be remade in Tamil and Telugu? - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    16. ^ a b "Aal izz well for Vijay - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    17. ^ a b Vijay to do 3 Idiots remake?

    18. ^ All izz well with 3 Idiots remake!

    19. ^

    20. ^ "Is superstar Suriya too demanding?". The Times Of India.

    21. ^

    22. ^ Maddy not to do 3 Idiots remakes

    23. ^ "Vinay refuses Maddy's role - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    24. ^ "Srikanth, one of the ‘idiots’? - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    25. ^ "Simbu not in 3 Idiots remake - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    26. ^ Siddharth not part of 3 Idiots remake!

    27. ^ Jeeva | Role | Sharman Joshi | 3 Idiots | Kacheri Arambam | Singam Puli | Roudram - Oneindia Entertainment

    28. ^ "Maddy says, no! - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    29. ^ "I don’t want to be a copycat of Bebo: Ileana - The Times of India". The Times Of India.

    30. ^ Sathyan for Silencer, S.J Suryah for Real Rancho

    31. ^ Anuya in Shankar's Nanban, Sify

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    38. ^ NANBAN SONGS IN 10 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES, retrieved 02 April 2011

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Gentleman (1993) • Kadhalan (1994) • Indian (1996) • Jeans (1998) • Mudhalvan (1999)


Nayak (2001) • Boys (2003) • Anniyan (2005) • Sivaji (2007)


Enthiran (2010) • Nanban (2011)


Mudhalvan (1999) • Kaadhal (2004) • Imsai Arasan 23am Pulikesi (2006) • Veyil (2006) • Kalloori (2007) • Arai En 305-il Kadavul (2008) • Eeram (2009) • Rettaisuzhi (2010) • Anandhapurathu Veedu (2010)


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