A remake has to be done keeping in mind the local audience. Many a films remade from other languages ended up a cropper for it failed to recreate the same magic. So when Three Idiots was remade as Nanban in Tamil, there were apprehensions in few quarters.
But with director Shankar at the helm of affairs and Vijay playing the lead roles, it started off as a winner. The movie carries a strong message, grandeur of Shankar films and also the mass elements one would see in Vijay films.
Shankar has not tampered a lot with the oriinal. Hence Nanban manages to end as an interesting fare. Pari (Vijay), Venkatramakrishnan (Srikanth), and Sevalkodi Senthil (Jiiva) are the trio who spend all time together in their campus. Pari is man of ideas. A practical thinker.
He is adored by all and excels in studies. Venkatakrishnan wants to pursue different ambition but forced to study engineering by his parents. Senthi is compelled to take up engineering against his wish to bail out his poor family.
The principal of the college Virumandi Santhanam aka Virus (Sathyaraj) is opposed to Pari and his method. Meanwhile there is Riya (Illeana), daughter of Virus who pursues medicine. Pari falls for her.
After completing studies in flying colours, Pari disappears. All efforts to trace him ends in vain. Things take a turn when Pari is finally spotted by his friends.
It is Vijay's show all the way. he has imitated Aamir Khan well. His body language is good. Jiiva and Srikanth give their best. Sathyaraj does what Boman Irani does. But goes loud at few places.
Ileana is cute like a doll playing her part well.Manoj Paramahamsa is the cameraman. His works is amazing and so is Anthony's editing.
Unfortunately the weak link is Harris Jeyaraj's music. They fall flat.
All said, three cheers to Shankar for making a faithful remake. It is good all through.