Chennaiyil Oru Naal
|Chennaiyil Oru Naal|
|Directed by||Shaheed Kader|
|Music by||Mejo Joseph|
|Edited by||Mahesh Narayanan|
Chennaiyil Oru Naal (English: A day in Chennai) is a 2013 Tamil thriller film written by brothers Bobby and Sanjay and directed by Shahid Khader. The film features an ensemble cast consisting of R. Sarathkumar, Prakash Raj, Cheran, Prasanna, Raadhika Sarathkumar, Parvathy and Iniya. The film, a remake of the 2011 Malayalam film Traffic, has its narrative in a hyperlink format. A multi-narrative thriller that intertwines multiple stories around one particular incident, the film is inspired from an actual event that happened in Chennai. It was titled Naangu Vazhi Saalai earlier. The film released on 29 March 2013. The film opened highly positive reviews. The film was declared average at the box office.
On 16 September, superstar Gautham Krishna (Prakash Raj) gets ready for the release of his new film. On the same day, Traffic Constable Satyamoorthy (Cheran) joins back duty, after having been suspended from service for taking bribes. The day is special for Dr. Robin (Prasanna) who is celebrating his first wedding anniversary. Karthik Vishwanathan (Sachin), an aspiring television journalist, starts his first job with an interview with Gautham Krishna the very same day. On the same day, at a crowded traffic junction in Chennai, Karthik, who was set to interview Gautham Krishna, and Ajmal (Mitun), traveling in a bike are hit by a speeding car at the signal, and Karthik is rushed to Global Hospital. Also at the junction, in another car, was the surgeon Dr. Robin. Karthik is injured in different parts of his body, especially his spinal cord and nervous system. Karthik goes into coma and is declared brain dead although he is kept alive using ventilator. Meanwhile, Gautham's ailing daughter Ria's (Gabriella Charlton)heart condition becomes worse and she urgently needs a heart transplant. At first Karthik's parents do not agree to take their son off the ventilator and donate their son's heart but Ajmal and Karthik's girlfriend (Parvathy) persuade them into it. Now that the heart is available, the problem was transporting it from Chennai to Vellore. No chartered flights or helicopters were available and so the heart had to be taken by road. Someone had to drive the 150 kilometers in under two hours during the rush traffic. City Police Commissioner Sundara Pandian (R. Sarathkumar) is asked to carry out the mission. He initially refuses considering the complexity and risk involved in the mission, but finally heeds to the persuasion of Dr. Arumainayagam (Vijayakumar). Satyamoorthy, being an experienced driver who has driven for ministers, volunteers to be the driver of the Jeep carrying the heart. Mainly takes this initiative to regain the name he lost to the bribe incident. Accompanying him on the mission was Dr. Robin and Ajmal. As instructions are given from Sundara Pandian, Satyamoorthy follows the fastest route to the hospital. However, at some point, they lose connection and the vehicle mysteriously disappears. Under pressure and stress, Satyamoorthy trusts his own instincts and takes his own route. Sundara Pandian loses patience and hope that he'll be able to transport the heart in time, resulting in cancelling the mission.Just in time, Satyamoorthy manages to get connection, which motivates every one to get the heart safely in time. As the mission proceeds, it was discovered that before Dr. Robin committed to accompany Satyamoorthy on this mission, he had attempted to kill his wife, due to her affair with his best friend. In hopes to escape from the police, Robin tries to sabotage the mission, but Gautham's wife (Raadhika Sarathkumar) convinces him to save her daughter's life. He not only felt a mother's pain, but as a doctor realized the value of a life. After startles and twists, all goes well and they reach the hospital in time to save the girl's life just as Karthik's father (Jayaprakash) and mother (Lakshmy Ramakrishnan) prepare to cremate their son.
- R. Sarathkumar as Sundara Pandian, Traffic Police Commissioner, Chennai City
- Cheran as Satyamoorthy, Traffic Police Constable
- Prakash Raj as Gautham Krishna, Movie Star
- Prasanna as Dr. Robin Joseph
- Raadhika Sarathkumar as Gautham's wife
- Parvathy as Aditi (Karthik's love interest)
- Iniya as Swetha (Gayathri) (Dr. Robin Joseph's wife)
- Mallika as Satyamoorthi's wife
- Sachin as Karthik Vishwanathan
- Mitun as Ajmal
- Aishwarya Devan as Jennifer Mary Tony
- Gabriella Charlton as Ria
- Vijayakumar as Dr. Arumainayagam, Chairman of Global Hospital
- Jayaprakash as Vishwanathan (Karthik's father)
- Lakshmy Ramakrishnan as Karthik's mother
- Subbu Panchu as Murugan, Gautham's secretary
- Kitty as Dr. Sethuraman
- Devan as Dr. Senthil
- Arun Ittachan as Camera Man
- Manobala as Sathyamoorthy's friend
- Bala Singh
- RJ Dheena
- Suriya as himself in a cameo appearance
- Sneha in a cameo appearance
- Santhana Bharathi
At the hundredth day celebrations of the 2011 Malayalam film Traffic, Kamal Haasan, who was the chief guest at the ceremony announced that he would remake the film into Tamil while Rajesh Pillai would be the film's director. However, due to his extended involvement in his directorial venture, Haasan opted out of the film by November 2011 and R. Sarathkumar was subsequently chosen to replace him in the film, with the director also postponing the film, mentioning it would restart after the Hindi version was complete. Soon the actor's wife, Raadhika Sarathkumar, also joined the film and agreed to produce the venture alongside Listin Stephen. Actors including Prakash Raj, Cheran, Prasanna and Nassar were slated to play key roles, while Remya Nambeesan was signed on to reprise her role from the original. In March 2012, Rajesh Pillai walked out the remake citing date issues and was replaced by his assistant Shaheed Khader. Prithviraj was approached to play one of the lead roles in the film but refused the opportunity citing date issues.
The film was officially launched on 21 June 2012 with Raadhika subsequently listing out the members of the cast on her Twitter page. She also went on to confirm that Parvathy would make a comeback to Tamil cinema with her role in the venture.
Mejo Joseph who composed the original film had composed the songs thus marking his debut in Tamil.
- Kanavey (Female) - Shweta Mohan
- Un Tholil Saaya - Srinivasan
- Iravin - Sithara
- Kanavey (Male) - Kaushik Menon
- En En Yenum - Tippu
- Theme Music - Sangeetha Sreekanth
- Massetonia - Srinivasan
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