A campus story that goes back and forth in time, Nanban celebrates friendship in a way that will remain with you for long. Nanban is a story of three friends at a prestigious engineering college — one supposedly wealthy, the other middle-class and the third below poverty line. With Vijay as the pivot, the story takes off from the present (a decade after their graduation), goes back to their college days of caring and sharing, traumas and challenges, and again lands in the present to joyously proclaim ‘Aal eez vell’!
Roping in Karky as co-dialogue writer is an intelligent move. ‘Aska Laska,’ said to have 16 languages in it, is one such evidence. The Anniyan duet had rows of lorries graffitied in striking hues, while in Nanban it is an entire train that’s been painted bright! Art director Muthuraj could have thought better. Otherwise the grandeur of Shankar’s sets is intact!
With more than three hours of running time, Nanban is a lengthy film but an entertainer!