Happy Days (2007)

Movie


Happy Days (2007)

The movie revolves around eight youngsters, who become good friends in their freshman years when they join the college for their Bachelors in Engineering (B.E.). The life of these young minds, be it personal or that in college, is dealt with aplomb. The first-half deals with the relationship of these freshmen with their seniors, who try to gain an upper hand over their juniors. In the second half, the movie also shows love and affection among one another, but does not ignore to emphasize the main aim of going to the college, i.e., to evolve from a young person with fruity dreams, to a more purposeful professional.
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Creators
Director Sekhar Kammula
Writer Sekhar Kammula
Information
Release Date2007-09-27
Runtime2h 33min
GenreDrama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyAmigos Creations
CountryIndia
LanguageTelugu
Chanduas Chandu
Tyson aka Arjunas Tyson aka Arjun
Shravsas Shravs
Gayatri Rao
Gayatri Rao
Appuas Appu
Rajeshas Rajesh
Monali Chowdary
Monali Chowdary
Sangeethaas Sangeetha
Vamsee Chaganti
Vamsee Chaganti
Shankaras Shankar
Vamshi Paidithalli
Vamshi Paidithalli
Paidithallias Paidithalli
Aadarsh Balakrishna
Aadarsh Balakrishna
Sanjayas Sanjay
Randhir Gatla
Randhir Gatla
Srikanth Polisetti
Srikanth Polisetti
Senioras Senior
Aryan Sharma
Aryan Sharma
Praveenas Praveen
Kiran Reddy Thumma
Kiran Reddy Thumma
Panduranga Raoas Panduranga Rao

Happy Days (2007 film)

Happy Days is a 2007 Indian Telugu-language musical coming of age film written, produced and directed by Sekhar Kammula. The film features Varun Sandesh, Rahul Haridas, Nikhil Siddharth, Vamsee Krishna, Tamannaah, Sonia Deepti, Gayatri Rao, and Monali Chowdhary in the lead roles. The plot explores the college life and experiences of eight friends.

The film was dubbed in Malayalam and remade in Kannada as Jolly days and in Tamil as Inidhu Inidhu by actor Prakash Raj. The film won six Filmfare Awards South, and three Nandi Awards.


Plot

Happy Days tells us a story that explores the lives of eight friends through the four years of their engineering course. Each one of them joins Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology with their own set of idiosyncrasies, eccentricities, beliefs and ideals. What starts off as a journey of individuals, slowly becomes a collective one over time. They bond over as they go through bullying seniors, stringent professors, intense examinations, over the top celebrations, love, betrayal, sacrifice and every other possible emotion that an individual can experience in a college. The movie portrays the mindset of a typical engineering student which helped youth to connect with the characters involved.

The film is a hyperbolic representation of a student's life. It is not meant to be taken seriously.


Cast

  • Varun Sandesh as Chandrashekar "Chandu"
  • Tamannaah as Madhu
  • Nikhil Siddharth as Rajesh
  • Sonia Deepti as Shravanthi "Shravs"
  • Vamsee Chaganti as Shankar
  • Gayatri Rao as Aparna "Appu"
  • Rahul Haridas as Arjun "Tyson"
  • Monali Chowdhary as Sangeetha
  • Gururaj Manepalli as College Principal
  • Kamalinee Mukherjee as Shreya Madam (Guest Appearance)
  • Krishnudu as Bandodu
  • Randhir Gattla as Naveen
  • Aadarsh Balakrishna as Sanjay
  • Vamshi as Paidithalli
  • Adithya as Praveen
  • Shruti as Prashanthi
  • Srikanth
  • Nachiketh
  • Satya
  • Dileep
  • Chaitanya Chitrada
  • Kamal
  • Praveen
  • Suresh
  • Krishna
  • Sowjanya
  • Priyanka
  • Hima Bindu
  • Deepthi

Production

Casting

Sekhar Kammula held a talent search at Big FM and idlebrain.com and managed to select seven of the eight lead actors. He had to cast Tamannaah as a suitable actress was not found. The main lead of the film was selected using the internet without any direct audition. Varun Sandesh did not audition for his role. He sent his photograph by e-mail in response to idlebrain.com advertisement and subsequently sent a video clip of himself enacting certain scenes along with a song via Google Video. Damidi Kamalakar Reddy, founding Secretary and Treasurer of Chaitanya Engineering College, acted as a Professor/Lecturer in a brief cameo role.

Location

Most of the movie was shot at Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology (CBIT) and Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Technology MGIT. In fact, the opening scene between Appu and Rajesh was shot in MGIT with select scenes shot outdoors. Sekhar is an alumnus of CBIT, and he found it to be a suitable location. He had to arrange a special screening of Anand to the chairman of CBIT and its board members to convince them for an on-site shoot. Apparently, after watching Anand, the board granted their permission to shoot the film.

Cost cutting measures

Sekhar Kammula cut costs of producing the film through various methods. By casting newcomers, he cut expenses to a reasonable level. As most of the shooting took place in the college, there was no need to construct sets. By partnering with Pantaloon Group, he saved another Rs 1 million in the costumes budget.


Release

Happy Days was released on 28 September 2007 in the United States and 2 October 2007 in India. In addition, it was dubbed into Malayalam.


Response

Though the film featured mostly newcomers, it became a commercial hit throughout India. It collected ₹ 2 crores (20million) in 50 days. The film received extremely positive reviews for its fresh story, cast, screenplay, and songs.


Awards

  • Best film – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Director – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Supporting Actress – Sonia Deepti
  • Best Music Director – Mickey J. Meyer
  • Best Lyricist – Vanamali (Areyrey Areyrey)
  • Best Male Playback Singer – Karthik (Areyrey Areyrey)
  • Best film (Silver) – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Music Director – Mickey J. Meyer
  • Best Male Playback Singer – Karthik (Oh My Friend)
  • Best Film – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Director – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Story – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Screenplay – Sekhar Kammula
  • Best Music – Mickey J. Meyer
  • Best Lyricist – Vanamali (Areyrey Areyrey)
  • Best Lyricist – Veturi
  • Best Male Singer – Karthik (Areyrey Areyrey)

Soundtrack

The Music was composed by Mickey J. Meyer and Released by Big Music. The Audio Launch took place at Annapurna Studios on 24 August 2007, 100 students selected from various colleges in Hyderabad attended it to make it more colorful. The guests for the evening included BN Reddy (CBIT), Kamalakar Reddy (CBIT), Dil Raju, Sekhar Kammula, Ravi Naidu (BIG Music), Mahesh Kumar (Reliance business head), Mickey J Meyer, Swapna, C Vijaya Kumar, Ashok and the star cast.BN Reddy launched the audio CD and gave the first unit to Kamalakar Reddy.

Mickey J. Meyer Won The Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Telugu and Nandi Award for Best Music Director for this Soundtrack.

Happy Days
Soundtrack album by
Mickey J. Meyer
Released24 August 2007
Recorded2007
GenreSoundtrack
Length28:27
LanguageTelugu
LabelBig Music
ProducerMickey J. Meyer
Mickey J. Meyer chronology
Notebook
(2006)
Happy Days
(2007)
Hare Ram
(2008)
Track-List
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Areyrey. Areyrey"VanamaliKarthik4:59
2."Jill Jill Jinga"Venkatesh PatvariKrishna Chaitanya, Kranti, Aditya Siddharth, Sashi Kiran4:34
3."Happy Days"Veturi Sundararama MurthyMickey J. Meyer, Harshika3:51
4."Ya Kundendu"TraditionalPranavi1:24
5."Ye Cheekati"VanamaliRanjith, Sunitha Sarathy4:45
6."O My Friend"VanamaliKarthik5:03
7."Happy Days" (Rock Version)Veturi Sundararama MurthyNaresh Iyer, Mickey J. Meyer3:51
Total length:28:27
Happy Days
Soundtrack album by
Mickey J. Meyer
Released2007
Recorded2007
GenreSoundtrack
Length21:01
LanguageMalayalam
LabelRedakh Arts
Universal Music India
ProducerMickey J. Meyer

All tracks are written by Rajeev Alunkal.

Malayalam Track-List
No.TitleSinger(s)Length
1."Ayyayyo"Karthik4:36
2."Vida Chollam"Anu Pravin, Shobha3:52
3."Unarukayayi"Vidhu Prathap4:31
4."Manasinnu Marayilla"Ajay Satyan4:59
5."Ee Theeppori"Manjari, Ranjith3:03
Total length:21:01

Dubbed Versions and Remakes

The film was dubbed into Malayalam as Happy Days and re-made in Kannada as Jolly Days and released in 2008. Both versions proved to be successful. The Tamil remake, Inidhu Inidhu, was directed by noted cinematographer K. V. Guhan under actor Prakash Raj's Duet Movies banner, which flopped at the box-office due to its lack of richness and fresh feel. The first schedule was completed in Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore (also called VIT University) and featured newcomers as protagonists. Mickey J. Meyer was retained as the music director and the project was his first venture in Tamil.

In 2014, there were speculations that a Hindi remake of Happy Days would be directed by Sekhar himself, and would be co-produced by Salman Khan. However, there were no further updates.