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Chennai 600028 is a 2007 Tamil-language sports comedy film written and directed by Venkat Prabhu, in his directorial debut. The film stars Jai, Shiva, Premji Amaran, Aravind Akash, Nithin Sathya and newcomers Ajay Raj, Ranjith, Vijay Vasanth, Prasanna, Inigo, Karthik and Arun in the lead along with Vijayalakshmi, daughter of National Film Award-winning director Agathiyan, and Kristine Zedek, making their acting debut as well. The film was produced by S. P. B. Charan along with J. K. Saravana, a Singapore-based award-winning producer. The film's score and soundtrack were composed by Premji Amaran and Yuvan Shankar Raja, respectively.
A Venkat Prabhu Film
|Directed by||Venkat Prabhu|
|Produced by||S. P. B. Charan|
J. K. Saravana
|Written by||Venkat Prabhu|
|Narrated by||S. P. Balasubrahmanyam|
|Music by||Background score:|
Yuvan Shankar Raja
Premji Amaren (1 Song)
|Edited by||Film editor:|
Digital & Avid editor:
Praveen K. L.
|Distributed by||Tantra films|
The film is based on street cricket played in India, focussing on various themes as friendship, love and rivalry in a suburban area. Following its theatrical release on 27 April 2007, it received critical acclaim and emerged a surprise sleeper hit, running successfully for more than one year in theaters, whilst going on to achieve cult status in the subsequent years. The film's title is derived from the pincode for Mandaveli, a suburb of Chennai, where the story takes place. The success of the film gained the relatively unknown actors — Jai, Shiva, Premji Amaren and Nithin Sathya, newcomers Vijayalakshmi, Vijay Vasanth and the director Venkat Prabhu popularity.
Upon release, the film was dubbed into Telugu and released as Kodithe Kottalira. The film was also remade in Bengali as Le Chakka (2010), Sinhalese as Super Six (2012), and in Kannada as Bangalore 560023 (2015). A sequel for the film, Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings, has also since been released.
The story revolves around two local cricket league teams that compete against each other in local matches and consider each other as sworn enemies. Royapuram Rockers are on top of the chain and keep bashing the Sharks year after year. The heroes of the movie are the Sharks' team.
The story begins when Raghu's (Jai) parents move from Royapuram to Visalakshi Thottam, Chennai 600 028. Raghu is a member of the Royapuram Rockers Cricket team, and a college student living with his parents. He has no choice but to move with them although he detests the area. He is not very excited at the prospect of living in the same area as his sworn enemies. Raghu is faithful to his teammates, but they ignore him because of the distance. Angered at being replaced by a new guy in the team in one of the matches, Raghu estranges himself from cricket and the Rockers.
Raghu informs of Pazhani's (Nithin Sathya) sister Selvi's (Vijayalakshmi) love for Karthik (Shiva) to him. This incident initiates Raghu's friendship with a few Sharks team players and eventually gets induced into the team. Raghu practices with the Sharks to play against the Rockers in the upcoming Radio Mirchi trophy. Pazhani, who soon comes to know of his sister's and Karthik's love affair is disappointed and then there is a tiff amongst the friends. The team splits up for a while, but Karthik apologizes to Pazhani and they make up. The team is united again and they start practicing for the trophy once again. Unfortunately, Karthik gets stabbed by his brother's enemies and is rendered unfit to play the match. Pazhani replaces Karthik as the captain and the team heads for the match.
Under tight pressure and with a nail biting finish, the Sharks finally defeat the Rockers in the semi-finals of the tournament. In the finals they meet their nemesis, a bunch of school kids named Bad Boys-II who practice by bunking school to play cricket on the beach. The kids are really good and the Sharks know it because they have lost to them once before and that too very badly...
The movie ends with the team really struggling to keep it up in the game.
- Jai as Raghuvaran "Raghu"
- Shiva as Karthik
- Premji Amaran as Seenivasan "Seenu"
- Aravind Akash as Aravind
- Nithin Sathya as Pazhani
- Vijay Vasanth as Gopi
- Ajay Raj as Ezhumalai
- Prasanna as Shanmugham
- Ranjith as Imran
- Arun as Uday
- Karthik as Arivazhagan "Arivu"
- Sampath Raj as Guna
- Ilavarasu as Manohar
- Vijayalakshmi as Selvi
- Kristine Zedek as Swetha
- Badava Gopi as Commentator
- Sakthi Saravanan as Aravind's boss
- Inigo Prabakaran as John (Rockers's captain)
- Mai Prakash as Rocker's team player
- Sundar as Jeeva
- Hari Prashanth as Hari, Bad Boys' captain
- S. N. Surendar as Sampath, Raghu's father
- Srilatha as Durga, Raghu's mother
- Shanmugasundaram as Sports minister
- Mirchi Senthil as Radio Mirchi RJ (special appearance)
- Kalyan special appearance in "Saroja Saman Nikalo" song
Chennai 600028 is the directorial debut of Venkat Prabhu. He initially titled the film as Enga Area Ulla Varaadha (Don't come into our territory), but lyricist Vaali was critical of the idea, feeling that the title was "negative" sounding. Subsequently, the film was renamed as Chennai 600028, with the idea of including the area's postcode taken from the title of the American television series Beverly Hills, 90210. Venkat Prabhu felt the new title was "more apt and universal".
|Soundtrack album by|
22 February 2007 (India)
25 February 2007 (Singapore / Malaysia)
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The film's score was composed by Venkat Prabhu's brother, Premji Amaran, while his cousin, Yuvan Shankar Raja composed the soundtrack, which also featured two tracks that were rearranged by Premji. The soundtrack album, featuring 9 tracks in all, was released on 22 February 2007 in India and three days later in Singapore and Malaysia. The audio was launched at the radio station Radio Mirchi, broadcasting all the songs live, which was said to be the first time in India. The lyrics were written by 'Kavignar' Vaali and Gangai Amaran, father of Venkat Prabhu. Also, composer Yuvan Shankar Raja penned the lyrics for the song "Natpukullae", besides singing it. 19 singers had rendered their voice for the songs, including Yogi B, DJ Funky Sathiya and SilveStar, two Singaporean rappers, actor Karunas, director Venkat Prabhu and producer S. P. B. Charan.
The album was both critically acclaimed and gained immense popularity upon its release, being described as, "excellent", a "rocking album" and one of the "aesthetic highlights" of the film. The songs were said to be a big hit as reportedly 25000 CDs were sold on the very first day, "ruling the charts" worldwide. The songs "Jalsa" and "Saroja Saman Nikalo" were "rocking the dance floors".
|1||Ulle Vaa||Yuvan Shankar Raja, Yogi B, DJ Funky Sathiya, SILVEstar||3:51||'Kavignar' Vaali|
|2||Un Parvai||Vijay Yesudas||4:09||Vaali|
|3||Natpukkullae||Yuvan Shankar Raja||2:36||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|4||Yaaro (Love)||S. P. Balasubramanyam, K. S. Chithra||5:15||Vaali|
|5||Jalsa||Ranjith, Tippu, Premji Amaran, Haricharan, Karthik||3:57||Gangai Amaran|
|6||Oh! Oh! Ennanamo||Anushka Manchanda||4:06||Vaali|
|7||Yaaro (Friendship)||S. P. B. Charan, Venkat Prabhu||5:01||Vaali||Composed by Premji Amaren|
|8||Jalsa (Remix)||Sabesh, Gana Ulaganathan, Gana Pazhani, Karunas, Premji Amaren||4:08||Gangai Amaran||Remixed by Premji Amaren|
|9||Saroja Saman Nikalo||Shankar Mahadevan, Premji Amaran||4:15||Gangai Amaran|
- Vijay Award for Best Crew
- Vijay Award for Best Find of the Year - Venkat Prabhu
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Film
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Director - Venkat Prabhu
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Story, Screenplay Writer - Venkat Prabhu
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Debut Actor - Shiva
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress - Vijayalakshmi Ahathian
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Editor - B. Lenin
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Lyricist - Vaali
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Male Playback Singer - S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
- Nominated - Vijay Award for Best Choreographer - Ajay Raj
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