Starring: Vijay, Jeeva, Srikanth, Ileana D’Cruz, Sathyan, Sathyaraj
Direction: S. Shankar
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Production: Raju Easwaran
Release Date: 12 January 2012
Main Point : Gemini Film Circuit’s purchase of the remake rights for 3 Idiots in January 2010, there was much speculation in regard to the three title roles essayed by Aamir Khan, R. Madhavan and Sharman Joshi in the original.Gemini Film Circuit approached noted directors S. Shankar, Vishnuvardhan and S. Dharani to replace Rajkumar Hirani as the director, with the approval from Shankar leading to him being signed.Despite speculation that he was set to pull out from directing his first remake as it would be a step down from his previous film, Enthiran, Shankar stated his commitment in October 2010.As Shankar’s norm music director, A. R. Rahman couldn’t be retained for the project due to his busy schedules, Harris Jayaraj and Yuvan Shankar Raja were approached to compose the soundtrack,with Shankar settling for the former with whom he had worked with in the 2005 action film Anniyan.
The first schedule of filming was held in Ooty, where scenes involving Ileana, Srikanth and Jeeva were shot.During the second schedule scenes involving the lead cast were canned at Dehradun and a car chase at various places in Chennai,while two songs were filmed in London and Buckingham during the third schedule.Some significant parts of the film were shot in Chennai at Sun Studios and the Ampa Skywalk Mall,as well as in the Koyambedu water tank for three days, for which an Akila crane was used.Further filming, including the climax, was held at various locations in Europe, Andamans and Coimbatore.Filming was wrapped-up in October, with a song featuring Vijay and Ileana being the last one to be shot which was choreographed by Farah Khan.