Nannbenda (lit. You are truly my friend) is a 2015 Indian Tamil-language romantic comedy film  written and directed by Jagadish starring Udhayanidhi Stalin and Nayantara, with Santhanam in an important role. The movie was released on 2 April 2015.
|Produced by||Udhayanidhi Stalin|
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Edited by||Vivek Harshan|
|Distributed by||Red Giant Movies|
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Sathya is an unemployed youth from Thanjavur who goes to Trichy every month to meet his old childhood friend Sivakozhundhu, who is a hotel manager and spend his day with the latter's salary. One such time, he meets Ramya, a bank manager, and falls in love with her. He believes that if he sees a girl three times a day casually, she will be her lucky lady. He meets Ramya twice and goes all over Trichy with Sivakozhundhu in search of her. He decides to stay there that night. Just before 12:00, he sees Ramya celebrating her birthday in the hostel opposite to Sivakozhundhu's room. The next day, he proposes to her in her bank.
Meanwhile, Sivakozhundhu decides to send Sathya off by all means. Sathya is in turn appointed as Sivakozhundhu's assistant in a 2.5 star hotel, where Sivakozhundhu worked as a manager earlier. To improve their hotel's condition, he asks for a loan from Ramya's bank and uses it. The hotel is developed. One day, Sathya and Ramya are chased by thugs, who are the henchmen of a lady whom Ramya chucked out of the hostel as she had stolen other's valuables. Sathya saves Ramya from the thugs. The next day, Ramya tells him that she had once committed a murder and has gone to prison for the offense. This frightens Sathya, but Ramya says that once in Chennai, she was chased by a dog, whose owner is her former boss. She kicks the dog and it dies, but the Blue Cross members see this and take Ramya to court, where she is imprisoned for 10 days and fined Rs.5000 for killing the dog. Sathya laughs at this. Ramya is hurt and asks him to get out of the station or else she would go out of town. That night, Sathya and Sivakozhundhu decide to commit a crime and go to prison so that they could understand the pain of being in prison. They get heavily drunk and beat up "Scorpio" Shankar, a local don.
The next day, Shankar confronts them, while they were going to the bus stand to send Sathya to Thanjavur. He says that Ramya had seized his beloved Scorpio car, as he had not paid his installments to the bank, so he had planned to assassinate Ramya that night. Shankar thinks that Sathya and Sivakozhundhu had known his plans, knowingly hit him, and sent him in a lorry. Shankar chases the two to a local park. When he comes to kill them, Sathya and Sivakozhundhu punch him, and he falls upside down. When they rotate him, they are shocked to see a knife in his heart and he had died. The public witnesses this and complains to the police that the two had killed Shankar.
The inspector in-charge of this case is Sathya's and Sivakozhundhu's old childhood friend Thangadurai, who does not help them. He wants to seek revenge against them as they had humiliated him when the three of them were in school. He comes to them in prison and informs them that he had found the real murderer but will not say it to the judge, until they sentence the two of them to life imprisonment or death. That night, Sathya and Sivakozhundhu escape prison so that they could murder Thangadurai for doing this to them. On their way, Sathya goes to Ramya's hostel to meet her for one last time. Ramya says that she had used the surveillance camera in the park and given it to Thangadurai, who found out that "Baby" Kumar, Shankar's enemy, had thrown the knife from a distance when he was falling down. Thangadurai thanked Ramya and had said that whatever it might be, but Sathya and Sivakozhundhu are his friends and he would release them as soon as possible. However, Thangadurai had mockingly cheated the two so that they would be restless that whole night.
Afraid of what would happen if they are not in prison that morning, Sathya and Sivakozhundhu search the outlet from where they had escaped, but they could not find it. After losing hopes, they find two other prisoners escaping from that route. Instead of going inside the tunnel they had come from, the two chase the other two prisoners and hand them over to the police, excusing themselves, saying that they had gone through the tunnel only to catch those two prisoners. They are then successfully released from prison the next morning, and Kumar is arrested for murdering Shankar.
- Udhayanidhi Stalin as Sathya
- Nayantara as Ramya
- Santhanam as Sivakolundhu
- Tamannaah in a guest appearance
- Karunakaran as Thangadurai
- Sherin as Preethi
- Rajendran as "Scorpio" Shankar
- Raja Simman as "Baby" Kumar
- Sayaji Shinde as Sathya's father
- Sriranjini as Sathya's mother
- Manobala as Senthamarai
- Chithra Lakshmanan as Hotel Manager
- Pattimandram Raja as Preethi's father
- Vinodhini Vaidyanathan as Ramya's colleague
- Suzane George as Ramya's hostel mate
- Pooja Ramachandran as Jenny
- Lollu Sabha Manohar as siruvan
- Muthuraman as Inspector Kumaravel
- Supergood Subramani as Constable Subramani
- Nagalakshmi as Item
- Sandakozhi Raja
- Cool Suresh
In July 2013, Udhayanidhi Stalin revealed that he would produce and appear in a venture titled Nannbenda alongside Santhanam and that the project would be directed by Jagadish, an assistant to director M. Rajesh. Nazriya Nazim was initially approached to play the female lead role but she turned down the offer. Kajal Aggarwal subsequently agreed terms and signed on to star in the film.
The first look of the film was released in January 2014, with confirmation that the cinematography would be handled by Balasubramaniem and music composed by Harris Jayaraj, both collaborating with Stalin for his third successive venture as an actor. Later that month, it was announced that Nayantara had replaced Kajal Aggarwal and would collaborate with Stalin for the second time after Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal. Tamannaah agreed to appear in a cameo role as herself and shot for an entire day for the film in Chennai in April 2014. Sherin was reported to be playing a crucial role, returning to Tamil films after nearly four years.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||23 December 2014|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Sony Music India|
|Harris Jayaraj chronology|
The film's soundtrack album and background score was composed by Harris Jayaraj. The soundtrack album consists of six tracks. Harris is collaborating with Udhayanidhi Stalin for the third time in this project. The music rights were purchased by Sony Music India. The track list of the soundtrack was released by Sony Music on 19 December 2014. A video teaser of the "Nee Sunno New Moono" song was released by Udhayanidhi on his YouTube production page on 21 December 2014. The album was released on 23 December 2014. Actors Suriya and Arya attended the audio launch as chief guests. The soundtrack received positive reviews from critics, who felt that it was 'pleasant'  with 'freshness in sound quality'.
|1.||"Enai Marubadi Marubadi"||Madhan Karky||Vijay Prakash, Megha||5.50|
|2.||"Oorellaam Unnai Kandu"||Vairamuthu||P. Unnikrishnan, Bombay Jayashri||4:56|
|3.||"Nee Sunno New Moono"||Pa. Vijay||Richard, Andrea Jeremiah, Mili Nair||4.43|
|4.||"Neeraambal Poovae"||Thamarai||Arjun Menon, MC. Vickey||2.57|
|5.||"Dappankuthu Mettula"||Vijaya Sagar||Gana Bala, Ujjayinee Roy||4.18|
|6.||"Thaene Thaene Sendhaene"||Na. Muthukumar||Haricharan, Pravin Saivi||3.40|
M.Suganth of The Times of India rated the film 3 out of 5 and wrote"… it exploits formula to the hilt and like a well-oiled machine, does what it set out to be". Nicy V.P of The International Business Times gave 2 stars out of 5 and wrote "To conclude 'Nannbenda' is a forgettable movie and is meant for only for those people who badly crave to see Nayanthara onscreen". Gautaman Bhaskaran of The Hindustan Times rated 1 out of 5 and wrote "Honestly, Nannbenda is a 151-minute of sheer boredom, liberally peppered with juvenile jokes and intolerably silly situations". Sudhir Srinivasan of The Hindu wrote "Nanbenda: A comedy that isn’t funny". Anupama Subramanian of Deccan Chronicle rated the film 2 stars and wrote that "the film falls prey to a weak script".Even though the film got average reviews it was a Hit due to the positive WOM(Word of Mouth) among the audience due to its comedy. Sify criticised the script citing that " the screenplay is painfully predictable and you will find yourself chuckling and cringing alternately while watching the film".
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