Nanban – Review

Nanban – Review

Chennai, Jan 12 (TruthDive): Nanban, a remake of the Hindi film ‘3 Idiots’ is based on the novel,’Five Point Someone’  by Chetan Bhagat. Nanban, starring Vijay, Jeeva and Srikanth has taken Tamil Nadu and other parts of South India by storm.


Direction  : Shankar

Star Cast : Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Ileana, Sathyaraj, Sathyan, S.J Surya, Anuya

Story       : Abhijat Joshi Rajkumar Hirani

Music     : Harris Jayaraj

Cinematography   : Manoj Paramahamsa

Banner                      : Gemini Film Circuit


The film opens with Venkata Ramakrishnan (Srikanth) and Sevalkodi Senthil (Jeeva) starting their journey in search of Panchavan Parivendan (Vijay). Amongst them travelling is Srivatsan (Sathyan), a topper in their class and today a bigwig in his technological industry. He is here to inform their buddy Pari that he has won the bet he had placed before years.

Now, the flashback starts…. it is about the college days and the machine lives of engineering students with the toughest professors including Virumandi Santhanam (Sathyaraj) making it tougher for them.

Venkata Ramakrishnan (Venki), Sevalkodi Senthil (Senthil) and Panchavan Parivendan (Pari) are three engineering students who share the same room in their college.

Venki is studying engineering to pursue his father’s wishes over his own dream. Senthil studies to raise his family’s fortunes and get them out of poverty. On the other hand, Pari studies for his simple passion in machines and devices.

Pari says education should be useful to our lives and doesn’t believe in memorizing subjects. Pari loves Riya (Ileana), a medical college student, who is the daughter of the college Principal. The Principal of the college-Virumandi Santhanam has ideas in total contrast to Pari. He loves the other student Srivatsan, who memorizes his lessons and gets good grades.

Pari passes out in flying colours. Meanwhile Pari’s heroics win him the adulation of all around. Pari helps his friends achieve their dreams. But after exams, Pari disappears.

Venki and Senthil with Riya in the company begin their search for Pari. What they encounter in their search shocks them. Did they succeed in their mission or not forms the climax?


Vijay has changed to the character to excel. He is the only actor, who can pose jovially as a college student. He looks trim, fit and fine for the role of a student.

Jeeva looks bubbly and energetic. His characterization is engrossing and more of humour.

Srikanth replicates what Maddy did in the original. His role as a typical orthodox middle class family is done well.

Ileana is impressive and looks apt for the role of a medical student. Sathyaraj in his strict professor’s role impresses everyone. Sathyan in a comical role is annoying.

The cameo by S J Surya and Anuya is worth a watch.

Shankar’s swift screenplay and making changes that suit Tamil audience is amazing. There are no dull moments in the movie. Shankar has brought in the right kind of actors.

Manoj Paramahamsa’s soft lens captures campus life in beautiful colours. Editing by Anthony adds beauty.

Harris Jayaraj’s songs are already a rage with youngsters and music lovers and topping the charts. The background score too adds strength to the script.


‘Nanban’ is definitely a special treat for both Shankar and Vijay’s fans, and a wholesome entertainment for everyone who loves good cinema!

‘Nanban’ will surely attract the youth crowd.

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