Star Cast: Vijay, Srikanth, Jeeva, Ileana, Sathyaraj and others.
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Producer: Gemini Film Circuit
As there were reports about the Telugu version of Shankar’s hit Nanban to hit the screens for the entertainment of Telugu viewers, the film is out now. The Telugu version has been titled ‘Snehitudu’ and has been churned out under the banner of Gemini Film Circuit. Dil Raju produces the movie whereas Shankar is the director of the flick. Harris Jayaraj scores the music and the film stars Jeeva, Vijay, Srikanth and Ileana in the main leads. Originally the film was made in Bollywood with the title of 3 Idiots starring Aaamir Khan, R. Madhavan, Sharman Joshi and Kareena Kapoor in the pivotal roles. Rajkumar Hirani had scripted and directed the movie whereas Vidhu Vinod Chopra had produced the movie. The film emerged a blockbuster and record breaker of the Hindi cinema industry.
Shankar then planned to remake the film in Tamil and made it for the Tamil viewers under the title ‘Nanban’. The film opened to packed houses and the audiences simply got crazy for the film. Even it was learnt that the advance booking too was difficult to make. Seeing the response from the masses, it was then announced to release the film in Telugu language for the viewers out there.
The film talks about Venkat (Srikanth) and Nikhil (Jeeva) who begin with searching for their missing pal, Paani (Vijay). Venkat recollects the college days in the midst of the journey. The trio of Paani, Venkat and Nikhil take admission in an engineering college. The principal of the college is super strict. The students call him ‘Virus’ (Sathya Raj). Paani is totally against the system of education out there in the college and he differs with Virus. This creates hate in his heart for Paani. Paani is on way to get the principal realize the true philosophy of education and in all this procedure, the laugh-riot comes up that entices the viewers supremely.
The director Shankar has not changed the script of the original movie written by Rajkumar Hirani for 3 Idiots. He knows the worth of the script and was well aware that if the changes were made, they would spoil the script utterly. Shankar just did minor changes to suite the Tamil audiences and those changes also work well with the Telugu viewers. The film’s story is same as 3 Idiots, so if you have watched the original, you can easily predict every frame on the screen.
The direction by Shankar is splendid. The script is a class and carries weightage. The film is a power packed fair from all departments – cinematography, editing, dialogues and music.
Vijay does the great job and impresses the audiences. Srikanth is brilliant. Jeeva is a treat to watch. Illeana in Kareena Kapoor’s role does a meaty act. Sathya Raj looks strapping in his actor of Virus. Rest of the cast does the acts with great aplomb.
On the whole, Snehitudu works big time with super direction, script and marvelous performances. Watch it.