Direction : Venkat Prabhu
Production : Capital Film Works, Black Ticket Company
Starring : Jai, Shiva, Premji, Aravind Akash, Nithin Sathya
Music : Yuvan Shankar Raja
Cinematography : Rajesh Yadav
Editing : Praveen K. L
Nearly after 10 years, Venkat Prabhu is back with the sequel of Chennai 600028 now titled as Chennai 600028 Second Innings. The film features the same star-cast from the first with some inclusions like Vaibhav, Mahat and few more. Yuvan Shankar Raja has composed music for this film.
Ten years have passed by and now we have the same boys, who are men, engaged with their every day pressures of family, wife and children. When their closest friend Raghu (Jai) is getting hitched to his girlfriend nearly after 5 years of relationship, they all travel to Theni and that’s when they are forced by situations to play another series of CRICKET.
Fun, emotions and more than all the game of CRICKET! What else do the boys and men need more than this. It’s not often a film with decent package comes to enthral the male groups, which in usual terms would be something showing girls in skimpy costumes and glamorous appeal with double entendres too. But here’s all about fun and entertainment that family audiences would definitely enjoy to the core for the whole film just banks all its foundation upon this quotient. You don’t feel the sluggishness anywhere and Venkat Prabhu just encompasses the mix of joy and emotions on equal halves. Well, if you’re bounded to compare the first instalment with the sequel, the first thing you would notice is musical score. Yes, the first part had fantabulous songs set in backdrops of different genres and yes the second too carries some good numbers, but not up to the expected levels. But then, Yuvan Shankar Raja just sweeps off the feet with his background score. Cinematography is okay in places, but the final moments of semi finals have been very well captured. The editing shots are literally the biggest plus, where too many sequences and drama including lots of characterizations are very well sketched. Venkat Prabhu doesn’t miss out any characterizations from the first instalment and he manages to give at least a small continuity, even with the hilarious politician – who asks Bowling or Fielding and now with yet another funny punch. There isn’t anywhere that you feel the lack of entertainment and the entire team deserves best applause for this reason.
It’s quite a rarity where in the department of performance, you happen to bring out such a context. Everyone in the movie has done just a justified performance. If we happen to bring out every name, it would literally become a long comprehensive analysis. Mirchi Shiva becomes the absolute showstopper as he continues to steal the show with his witty mannerisms and not to miss the same gang that involves Vijay Vasanth, Premgi Amaran, Aravind Akash and Nitin Sathya. Some of the sequences that connect the first part and second one like Nitin Sathya marrying Ajay’s younger sister is a real magic. Then there is Inigo Prabhakaran, who joins the team too and that’s a good continuation. Ilavarasu as Sharks team manager happens to impress us. Then the same bunch of team in the Chennai 600028 climax coming down to the sequel is the biggest highlight and those guys have done a neat job.
1. Venkat Prabhu’s direction and screenplay
2. Star-cast and performance
3. Yuvan Shankar Raja’s background score
What doesn’t work?
Nothing much to mark upon though the songs and climax could have been better.
Overall, Chennai 600028 Second Innings offers wholesome entertainment and the sequel does best justice to the franchise and it’s a best directorial by Venkat Prabhu and his entire team has done a flawless job.
Verdict : No Doubt! Unlimited Entertainment with Fun and Fun...
Rating : 6/10
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