Snehithudu (English: Friend) is a 2012 Telugu comedy-drama film directed by Shankar, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Vijay, Jiiva, Srikanth, Ileana D’Cruz, Sathyan and Sathyaraj. The plot of the film illustrates the embankment of two friends on a quest for a lost buddy, 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 rivaling classmate 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 was composed by Harris Jayaraj and cinematography was handled by Manoj Paramahamsa. It is a remake of Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots (2009), which itself was adapted from the novel Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT! by Chetan Bhagat. The film was produced by Gemini Film Circuit, who had purchased the remake rights of 3 Idiots in early 2010. A lengthy and controversial delay in casting caused commencement of filming to be pushed to a year later. Filming took place for a total of eight months in various locations in Europe and India. The film released to positive critical acclaim and was deemed an All-time Blockbuster. Its dubbed version in Telugu, Snehithudu, released on 26 January 2012 in Andhra Pradesh, also received good response at the box office. Nanban was screened at the Melbourne Indian Film Festival on 12 June 2012.
|Produced by||Raju Easwaran|
Madhan Karky (dialogues )
|Screenplay by||Rajkumar Hirani
Vidhu Vinod Chopra
|Story by||Rajkumar Hirani
|Based on||Five Point Someone – What not to do at IIT! by
|Music by||Harris Jayaraj|
|Studio||Gemini Film Circuit|
|Running time||188 minutes|
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