– Director Venkat Prabhu is back with a sequel to his debut film, 9 years after the release of the first part. The boys (Chennai Sharks) in the earlier film are all grown-ups now and most of them are married and settled with kids. Raghu (Jai) is about to get married to Anu (Sana Althaf) and the friends get together for the wedding which is planned in Theni. In Theni, the friends indulge in some typical ‘Chennai 28’ brand of tennis ball cricket which leads them to trouble. Marudhupandi (Vaibhav) is a bigwig in Theni, who is very serious about his cricket team’s fortunes. He makes some deceitful moves and Raghu’s wedding is thrown in jeopardy. How the ‘Sharks’ manage to win their matches and also get Raghu safely married to his girlfriend is the crux of the film
– After two not so successful films in Biriyani and Masss, Venkat Prabhu is back to his home turf – ‘the boys film’. The sequel works to a large extent thanks to the fun and bromance between the buddies, the director’s typical satirical touches on trending topics like YouTube movie reviews and the entertaining cricket matches laced with Badava Gopi’s inimitable commentary, to name some. The Venkat Prabhu stamp is strong as ever and he pulls it off.
– Composer Yuvan always brings his A-Game for Venkat Prabhu and this film is no different. His re-recording is top notch, particularly the buildup theme that he gives for Vaibhav and the remix of the sad ‘Appu Kamal’ theme which was also used in the first part, to great effect. When his name is flashed on the title credits, along with Venkat Prabhu’s voiceover and a lovely piece of music, it is sure to give goosebumps to ardent fans. Among the song visuals, the emotional ‘Idhu Kadhaiya’ and the bouncy ‘Boys are Back’ are the best of the lot.
– The ensemble bunch of actors are all Venkat Prabhu regulars and the likes of Shiva, Premgi, Aravind Akash, Vijay Vasanth, Jai, Nithin Sathya, Ilavarasu, Ajay Raj, Vaibhav and Mahat make a mark. Mahat’s ‘Pithamagan’ like makeover is striking while Vaibhav aces his rural avatar with strong screen presence. Shiva brings his trademark straight faced humor to the table and the film’s entertainment quotient is richer thanks to his presence. The girls play the nagging housewives who turn supportive towards the end. Sana Althaf is a homely new introduction to Tamil cinema.
– The cricket matches have been filmed well in scenic Theni; Venkat Prabhu is an expert in this zone. The top angle shots employed by DoP Rajesh Yadav are spectacular.
– The merge between cricket and romance – family drama is fairly good.
– Despite a run time of more than 150 mins, the film’s screenplay and flow don’t make you feel the length. Editor Praveen KL turns on the style with his presentation.
– The placement of songs like ‘Soppana Sundari’ and ‘House Party’ could have been better. Both the songs are peppy experiences and are well-shot, but they seem similar.
– Like in most Venkat Prabhu films, there is glorification of alcohol here too. There is a bottle in every other scene and Santhana Bharathi does nothing but booze in his little cameo.
– The film gets dramatic towards the interval with the tension in Jai’s marriage. This appears staged and out of sync with the breezy ‘Chennai 28’ mood.
Final Word – The Boys are back and the fun is back too. Do watch and enjoy!