Nanban is an Indian Tamil coming-of-age comedy drama film directed by Shankar. It is a remake of Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots (2009). The film features an ensemble cast that includes ‘Thalapathy‘ Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D’Cruz, Sathyan and Sathyaraj. The plot of the film illustrates the embankment of two friends – Sevarkodi Senthil (Jiiva) and Venkat (Srikanth) on a quest for a lost buddy – Kosaksi Pasapugazh alias Panchavan Pariventhan (Vijay), who was once an optimistic and successful student. On their journey, they recount their college life and special moments that the three shared up until their lost friend secretly parted ways after convocation. During their quest, the two encounter a rival classmate Shri Vathsan (Sathyan) who once made a long-forgotten bet with them, a funeral that goes impossibly out of control, and a wedding they must crash.
The film’s soundtrack and background score were composed by Harris Jayaraj and cinematography was handled by Manoj Paramahamsa. The film was produced by Gemini Film Circuit.
Prior to the release, Nanban was voted the ‘most expected film’ of 2012 through an online public poll conducted by Vikatan. The film was released on the Tamil festival – Pongal across 925 screens worldwide. In Chennai city, the film netted ₹22.7 million (US$320,000) in its first weekend and 66% of the takings at the Chennai box office on its second weekend and 64% on its third weekend. The film grossed around ₹78.9 million (US$1.1 million) in Chennai after seven weeks and overseas grossed $110,422. After its 4-week run the film collected £214,735 (₹16.6 million) and became the 4th highest grosser in UK. The movie received positive reviews from audience as well as critics, and the lead actors were praised high for their performance.