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Sakkarakatti (English: Sugarcube) is a 2008 Tamil musical romantic comedy film written and directed by Kalaprabhu and produced by his father, Kalaipuli S. Dhanu. It featured debutant Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj, son of veteran actor K. Bhagyaraj, in the lead role while Ishita Sharma and Vedhika played significant roles. It featured a soundtrack composed by A. R. Rahman, with the song "Taxi Taxi" becoming a megahit before the film's release.[1] Sakkarakatti released on 26 September 2008.[2]

Sakkarakatti
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Directed byKala Prabhu
Produced byKalaipuli S. Dhanu
Written byKala Prabhu
StarringShanthnoo Bhagyaraj
Ishita Sharma
Vedhika
Nizhalgal Ravi
Music byA. R. Rahman
CinematographyI. Andrew
Rasamathi
Edited byPrabhakaran (Film Editor)
Ravishankar (Avid Editor)
Production
company
Distributed byKalaippuli Films International
Release date
  • 26 September 2008 (2008-09-26)
Running time
118 minutes
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil

PlotEdit

Chennai-bred Yuvraj (Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj) has had four close friends from childhood. He meets and falls in love with Deepali (Ishita Sharma). However, his cousin Reema (Vedhika) is in love with him. After Deepali sees Yuvraj with Reema, she becomes jealous and ignores Yuvraj when he follows her. Then, Yuvraj and Deepali get back together. Later, she sees Yuvraj and Reema together, but it was an accident. Deepali starts ignoring him again. Yuvraj wants to prove that he was not with Reema, so his friends decide to throw a birthday party to mend the trio's fractured relationship. Deepali and Yuvraj finally unite.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The producer Kalaipuli S. Dhanu began launched the film, Sakkarakatti, at AVM Studios on 30 April 2006 with A. R. Rahman, Vijay and K. Balachandar all attending.[4] The film featured Dhanu's son, Kalaprabhu, in his debut as director whilst Shanthnoo Bhagyaraj, son of noted actor K. Bhagyaraj, was selected to portray the lead role. The film was initially described as a "candy floss love story with a city subject" and was set to feature Ishita Sharma and Sivi in other lead roles, although Sivi was later replaced by Vedhika.[5] During the making of Sakkarakatti, cinematographer Andrew left the project as his dates clashed with a prior commitment with a Hindi film and was duly replaced by cinematographer Raja.[4]

A song with graphics arranged by Soundarya Rajinikanth's Ocher Studios was shot in May 2007 at a cost of 35 lakh rupees, with the producer then exclaiming that "the song will be the talk of the town" when released.[6] The song "Taxi Taxi" was reshot following the enormous response from the audience after the audio release.[7][8]

ReleaseEdit

Sakkarakatti opened alongside Sun Pictures' Kadhalil Vizhunthen at the box office on 26 September 2008 with the media hyping that it was a battle of two films with debutants and successful soundtracks.[9]

Critical receptionEdit

Behindwoods cited : "Shanthanu has to play a thinly sketched hero, but he puts energy and charm into everything he does. He is more than promising- he's star material, and he’ll survive this wreck. The debuting heroine, Ishita Sharma, is unimpressive. The second heroine, Vedhika, dances well and at least has some screen presence. ",[10] while Sify said: "Shantanoo has that star quality to him which is so rare to find these days. But he is wasted in a role in which he just romance his heroines and dances",[11] Nowrunning said: "Shanthanoo is fairly convincing as a cool college dude who metro audiences would love. He has not much to do beyond hanging out with his friends and cuddling the two heroines. Though the young hero seems bubbly, Prabhu is not able to tap his potential. Vedhika steals the show with her excellent performance as a jealous "morai penn' out to defeat the other girl. Her face-off with the hero in the climax deserves a big hand. ".[12]

SoundtrackEdit

Sakkarakatti
Soundtrack album by
ReleasedJuly 12, 2008
RecordedPanchathan Record Inn and AM Studios
2006-2008
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length34:31
LabelSony BMG
ProducerA.R. Rahman
A. R. Rahman chronology
Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na
(2008)
Sakkarakatti
(2008)
Yuvvraaj
(2008)

The score and soundtrack was composed by A. R. Rahman and the album was released on 12 July 2008.[13] Initially Rahman was reluctant to compose the music for Sakkarakatti citing he was busy with other projects, but the director asked if Rahman could recycle songs from his Hindi films and he agreed.[14] Rahman reused "Chinnamma Chilakkamma" and "Yeh Rishta" from Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities as "Chinnamma Chilakamma" and "Naan Eppodhu." Indai Haza happens to be the alter-ego of singer Chinmayee as per her blog. A reviewer from Indiaglitz.com stated that "Sakkarakatti is truly as sweet as sugar candy" in regard to the soundtrack.[15]

No. Song Singers Lyrics Length
1 "Chinnamma" Benny Dayal, Chinmayi Pa. Vijay 05:36
2 "Elay" Krish, Naresh Iyer Na. Muthukumar 05:55
3 "I Miss You Da" Chinmayi Na. Muthukumar 06:05
4 "Marudaani" Madhushree, A.R. Rahman, Hentry Kuruvilla Vaali 06:27
5 "Naan Epoudhu" Reena Bhardwaj Pa. Vijay 04:42
6 "Taxi Taxi Nanba" Blaaze, Benny Dayal, Javed Ali, Vivian Chaix Blaaze, Na. Muthukumar, Vivian Chaix 05:46

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Sakkara Katti Review - Tamil Movie Review by PVS". Nowrunning.com. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  2. ^ "'Sakkarakatti' runs a sweet 50 - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Sakkarakatti - Taxi Taxi Video A.R. Rahman, Shanthnu". Youtube. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 28 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Sakkarakatti's technical brilliance - Telugu Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Shantanu debuts!". Sify.com. 1 May 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Tamil Movie News sakkarakatti music director a r rahman santhanu santhanoo kalaipuli s dhanu kala prabhu bhagyaraj poornima gallery images". Behindwoods.com. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Sakkarakatti Tamil Movie Review - cinema preview stills gallery trailer video clips showtimes". IndiaGlitz. 26 September 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  8. ^ "Metro Plus Chennai / Music : Taxi, taxi… again!". The Hindu. 13 August 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Nakku Mukka.. takes on Taxi Taxi..!". Sify.com. 24 September 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Sakkarakatti movie review". Behindwoods.com. 5 December 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Movie Review:Sakkarakatti". Sify.com. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Sakkara Katti Review - Tamil Movie Review by PVS". Nowrunning.com. 28 September 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  13. ^ "Rahman on song in 'Sakkarakatti' - Tamil Movie News". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  14. ^ "As sweet as Sakkarakatti - Times Of India". Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.
  15. ^ "Sakkarakatti Music Review songs lyrics". IndiaGlitz. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 20 February 2012.

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