Nanban (2012)

 ●  Tamil ● 3 hrs 8 mins

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This socially relevant tale explores the flaws in the current system of education, that extols results to the exclusion of everything else. In the process, the dreams of the students are lost, their interests discarded, and their youth lost. The crux of the tale revolves around four students who study at the same university, but with different approaches to the education, and the experiences in college. Further, the movie goes on to highlight how their futures are affected by the choices made during the student life. This is a coming-of-age tale about friendship and values, that is soulful and resonant with a positive message about a holistic approach to education and accumulation of knowledge for its own sake, instead of four results alone.
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Cast: Ileana D'Cruz, Jiiva, Srikanth Krishnamachari, Vijay

Crew: Shankar Shanmugham (Director), Manoj Paramahamsa (Director of Photography), Harris Jayaraj (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 12 Jan 2012 (India)

Tagline: All is Well..........

Tamil Name: நண்பன்

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Did you know? Director Shankar assigned 500 painters in-order to paint an entire train for a song sequence and completed the painting work in a single day. Read More
Biggest. FLOP

Vijay failure

as Riya
as Sevalkodi Senthil
as Venkat Ramakrishnan
as Panchavan Parivendhan / Kosaksi Pasapugazh
Special Appearance
as Venkat's father
as Panchavan Parivendan's Father
as Swetha Santhanam
as Senior student
as Interviewer
as Virus's assistant
as Librarian Bose
Supporting Actress
as Panchavan Parivendan
as Srivatsan (Silencer)
as VIRUmandi Santhanam (Virus)
as Education Minister
as Riya's Fiance
as Venkat's mother
as College senior
as Paneerselvam


Second Assistant Director


Production Company
Line Producer




Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography


Sound Designer
Audio Assistant


Art Director




Visual Effects

Visual Effects Producer
Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Artist
Film Type:
Feature Film
Spoken Languages:
Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
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Music Label: Gemini Audio
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Playback Singer: Suchith Suresan, Krish
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Na Muthukumar
Playback Singer: Yogesh Goswami
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Madhan Karky
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Madhan Karky
Playback Singer: Aalap Raju
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Pa Vijay
Music Director: Harris Jayaraj
Lyricist: Na Muthukumar
Playback Singer: Ramakrishnan Murthy
All is Well..........
It's All is Well...again
Follow excellence,Success will chase you...
Factual Mistake
During the final portion of the movie, a call is made by Kosaksi Pasapugazh to Srivatsan, which he answers by holding his iPhone upside down.

Factual Mistake
As per the date shown in the college blackboards the time line of the flashback period should be between 1998 and 2002. When Pari uses computer to change words in Srivatsan's speech for Teachers Day, the screen shots clearly show its Windows 7. Windows 7 was only released in 2009.

Factual Mistake
On the first day at class, the blackboard shows the date as 3/6/98 but when showing the degree certificate of the protagonist, the years of study are mentioned as 1997-2001.
T.R. Silambarasan was considered for the role which went to Jiiva.

During pre-production, Vijay Vasanth walked out of the film, but later rejoined.

As of its release, Nanban holds the record for highest number of shows in a single day at Mayajaal multiplex in Chennai.

Director Shankar assigned 500 painters in-order to paint an entire train for a song sequence and completed the painting work in a single day.

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.
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: 3 Idiots (Telugu)
Remake of: 3 Idiots (Hindi)