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Nanban (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 12 January 2012 (India)
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10 years after finishing college, two best friends and their enemy go on a search for their third friend, while finding out some truths along the way.


S. Shankar


Rajkumar Hirani (screenplay), Abhijat Joshi (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Vijay ... Panchavan Parivendhan / Kosaksi Pasapugazh (as 'Ilayathalapathi' Vijay)
Jiiva ... Sevalkodi Senthil
Srikanth ... Venkat Ramakrishnan
Ileana D'Cruz ... Riya
Sathyaraj ... Virumandi Santhanam
Sathyan ... Srivatsan
Aadukalam Naren ... Venkat's father (as Narein)
S.J. Suryah ... Panchavan Parivendan (as S.J. Surya)
Vijay Vasanth Vijay Vasanth ... Paneerselvam
T.M. Karthik Srinivasan T.M. Karthik Srinivasan ... Riya's Fiance
Uma Pathmanabhan ... Venkat's mother
Manobala ... Librarian Bose
Shanmuga Sundharam Shanmuga Sundharam ... Education Minister
Ajay Ratnam Ajay Ratnam ... Panchavan Parivendan's Father
Indrans ... Virus's assistant


Two buddies Venkatramakrishnan and Sevalkodi Senthil set out in search of their long lost friend Panchavan Parivendan aka Pari. They have a nerd Srivatsan for company and through intermittent flashbacks we are told that Pari, a bright, yet free-spirited student, who through his charisma is able to convince his two friends to think for themselves, follow their heart and take challenges with a positive attitude chanting his mantra: all is well. Pari wants to change the education system and often lock horns with Professor Virumandi Santhanam the Principal whose says: "Life is a race - Run Run Run". He wins the heart of Virumandi's daughter Riya and the film is about his journey. Written by Captain

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It's All is Well...again See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Tamil | Telugu

Release Date:

12 January 2012 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Friend See more »

Filming Locations:

Andaman Islands, India See more »


Box Office


INR600,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Gemini Film Circuit See more »
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Song "Askku Laska" video has been inspired by Director Shanker's previous hit song videos, like Knaanam Knaanam Nokia from Anniyan, Sahana from Sivaji and Anda Kaaka konda Kari from Anniyan. See more »


In the 3 idiots' final year at IEC in 2002, Ria shows them a YouTube video. Ironically, the video-sharing site was launched only in 2005. See more »


Remake of 3 Idiots (2009) See more »


Nalla Nanban
Written by: Na. Muthukumar
Produced by: Harris Jayaraj
Performed by: Ramakrishnan Murthy
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Nanban is not only a treat for vijay fans this time, But it rocks for all good cinema fans !!!
14 January 2012 | by scarletpimpernal143See all my reviews

I would say that Nanban is one of the few remake movies which is emerging as a huge response from all sides it has been released.Shankar has done a great job of giving justice to the original version 3 idiots as he has transformed the movie adapting to Tamil fans without any of the plus points of the block buster Hindi movie.The message about education conveyed through this movie is really good and It is seriously an eye opener to many of the educational institutions and family !!!

Moving on to the performance of various characters. Vijay has given his best ever performance till date. He has given a massive come back after some critics against him and also his acting in this kind of movies rocks more than his mass commercial movies.And as Shankar said "After watching this film, even an antivijay fan would become his fan" has come true as i saw in most of my friends.

Jeeva too taking up the role of Sarman joshi, has acted nice in all parts especially in that humour sequences encountered with Sathya raj. Shrikanth has done justice to his character fitting into the shoes of Madhavan.

Ileana's performance looks a bit less compared to Kareena kapoor but has done good in some scenes.Sathyan as Silencer has completely satisfied his role compared to the Hindi version. Sathya Raj though in certain suitations imitates the Hindi version character but has really done a superb job in this movie as he is the best option to take up this role.

Of all the songs in the movie,"Askku laska" and "En frienda pola yaaru machan" seems to be the winners.Locations and camera works in the movie gives us a fresh look to the movie.This movie is the Best Option for celebrating Pongal With a Message.

Finally This will be Super HIT Block Buster movie for sure!!!

And a Hattrick For VIJAY !! PongALL IZZ WELL !!

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