Chennaiyil Oru Naal

Chennaiyil Oru Naal
Directed by Shaheed Kader
Produced by Raadhika Sarathkumar
Listin Stephen
Screenplay by Bobby-Sanjay
Ajayan Bala
Story by Bobby-Sanjay
Starring R. Sarathkumar
Prakash Raj
Raadhika Sarathkumar
Gabriella Charlton
Music by Mejo Joseph
Cinematography Shehnad Jalal
Edited by Mahesh Narayanan
I Pictures
Magic Frames
Release dates
  • 29 March 2013 (2013-03-29)
Running time
119 minutes
Country India
Language Tamil

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.[1] It was titled Naangu Vazhi Saalai earlier.[2] The film released on 29 March 2013.[3] The film opened highly positive reviews.[4] The film was declared average at the box office.[5]


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.



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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[8] In March 2012, Rajesh Pillai walked out the remake citing date issues and was replaced by his assistant Shaheed Khader.[9] Prithviraj was approached to play one of the lead roles in the film but refused the opportunity citing date issues.[10]

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.[11]


Mejo Joseph who composed the original film had composed the songs thus marking his debut in Tamil.

Critical reception

Behindwoods wrote:"On the whole, we have a movie which offers excitement and also educates us about a vital concept which can prove to be a life-changer to any of us in need".[12]


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  3. "Tamil review: 'Chennaiyil Oru Naal' is an out and out racy thriller". CNN IBN. 30 Mar 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
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  5. "Chennai Box Office (April 19 to 21)".
  6. "Kamal Haasan caught in Traffic?". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  7. Sanjith Sidhardhan, TNN 2 Nov 2011, 08.20PM IST (2011-11-02). "Sarath, not Kamal Haasan, in 'Traffic'!". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  8. "Radhika And Sarath Kumar In Malayalam Film Remake". Behindwoods. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  9. "Sarathkumar's 'Traffic'". IndiaGlitz. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  10. Sunayana Suresh, TNN 10 Feb 2012, 11.00AM IST (2012-02-10). "Prithviraj: No time for Tamil". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  11. Sunayana Suresh, TNN 23 Jun 2012, 12.00AM IST (2012-06-23). "Parvathi's Kollywood comeback". The Times Of India. Retrieved 2012-07-12.
  12. "Chennaiyil Oru Naal Movie Review". 2013-03-29. Retrieved 2013-05-10.

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