Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings movie cast: Jai, Shiva, Amaran, Premji, Nithin Sathya
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings movie director: Venkat Prabhu
Director Venkat Prabhu’s debut film Chennai 600028 was rooted in reality. The film had a bunch of newcomers and struggling actors playing the roles of regular youngsters living in an urban locality. And it showed how they dealt with friendship, love and rivalry. In the sequel, Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings, the director has shown the inevitable evolution of the film’s main characters, who are struggling to pay the bills and coping with family responsibilities.
The lives of members of the Chennai Sharks team have changed drastically since we last saw them on the big screen in 2007. While most of them have left the city for employment, the core members of the team continue to live in Chennai and are struggling to deal with their nagging wives and family responsibilities. Characters of Jai, Shiva, Amaran, Nithin Sathya and others have gained weight, aged and are trying to make both ends meet.
Now for Chennai Sharks’ team members, their family and children come before friends and their love for cricket. However, they all get an opportunity to come together with their wives’ blessings at Raghu’s, played by Jai, wedding that is taking place in a remote Tamil Nadu village.
From the streets of Chennai, Venkat has shifted the setting to Theni where Maruthupandi and his team have been the undisputed champions of the local cricket tournament for many years. Following a few twists and turns, the Sharks runs into Aravind, who had eloped from Chennai with a girl a few years back. He hasn’t changed much, he has formed his own cricket team and is struggling to defeat the team of Maruthupandi, who is as cunning as a fox.
So, the Sharks’ team join forces with Aravind to defeat his rival gang in a cricket tournament. Maruthupandi, afraid of losing to the Sharks, tries to rig the cricket match that eventually ruins Raghu’s wedding. The Sharks, however, come together once again, this time without the blessings of their wives, for redemption and to help their friend marry the love of his life.
Cricket remains the main stay of the sequel too. The cricket matches in the film are choreographed in an engaging way, exploring how the sport is played in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu. The director has also showed the scarifices men make to keep their family happy.
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings does have some shortcomings in terms of narration and comedy when compared to its predecessor. But, the film’s steady pace and cricket makes it watchable. While Venkat hit a sixer with Chennai 600028, he has somehow managed a four with the sequel.