Ghilli (transl. Gutsy) is a 2004 Indian Tamil-language sports action film directed by Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam. It is a remake of the Telugu-language film Okkadu (2003). The film stars Vijay, Trisha, and Prakash Raj with Ashish Vidyarthi, Dhamu, Mayilsamy, and Janaki Sabesh playing supporting roles.
Ghilli Tamil Movie 2004 Cast, Plot, Production, Music, & Release
The soundtrack album and score were composed by Vidyasagar. Gopinath and V. T. Vijayan handled the cinematography and B. Lenin did the editing. Dialogues for the film were written by Bharathan. The film was released on 16 April 2004 to positive reviews. The film ran for more than 200 days at the box office and became a blockbuster.
Saravanavelu alias “Velu”, a Chennai-based Kabbadi player and the son of DCP Sivasubramaniam, visits Madurai to participate in a state-level tournament without his parent’s knowledge. In Madurai, Velu saves Dhanalakshmi from Muthupandi, a dangerous gang leader who loves Dhanalakshmi and wants to marry her against her wishes.
Velu learns that Dhanalakshmi is trying to leave for the US to live with her uncle and pursue her studies after Muthupandi killed her brothers over their disapproval of his interest in their sister on account of the age gap. In the process of saving Dhanalakshmi, Velu humiliates Muthupandi by pushing him into a mud pond. Muthupandi refuses to cleanse the mud until Velu/Dhanalakshmi is found and brought back.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Joseph Vijay||Saravana Velu|
|Prakash Raj||Muthu Pandi|
|Janaki Sabesh||Saravana Velu’s Mother|
|Tanikella Bharani||Muthupandi’s Father|
|Saai Sundar||Raghu – Trisha’s brother|
|Karate Raja||Muthupandi’s Sidekick|
|Ashish Vidyarthi||Siva Subramanian|
|‘Nandha’ Saravanan||Tiger Team Captain|
|Pandi||Flower Selling Boy|
|Appukutty||Assistant Samiyar at Velu’s House|
He played the ruthless gangster to be the antagonist for Vijay in the action thriller ‘Ghilli’.
Janaki is well-known in Tamil cinema for her motherly roles but she has now moved on to storytelling and writing for children.
The film features Trisha and Vijay in lead roles with Ashish Vidyarthi, Dhamu, Prakash Raj, Mayilsamy, and Janaki Sabesh playing supporting roles.
Vikram was the first choice for the film; due to other commitments, he was replaced by Vijay. Dharani was finalized as the director, whose previous film Dhool under A.M. Rathnam’s production had been a financial success. Dharani’s regular crew members including cinematographer Gopinath and music director Vidyasagar joined the film.
Vidyasagar was signed to compose the soundtrack album and background score for Ghilli; it marks his fourth collaboration with both Dharani and Vijay, with the former on Ethirum Puthirum, Dhill, and Dhool, and working with the latter on Coimbatore Mappillai (1995), Nilaave Vaa (1998) and Thirumalai (2003). The soundtrack features six songs.
Ghilli was scheduled to be released on 9 April 2004 but was postponed. Though the reason for the postponement was not given out, rumors were that Rathnam’s creditors put pressure on him to settle his accounts before release. The film was later released on 17 April 2004.
Theatrical Release Poster
|Based on||Okkadu (Telugu)|
|Box office||₹50 crore|
K. V. Anand
|Edited by||B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Production Company||Sri Surya Movies|
|Release date||16 April 2004|
|Running time||166 minutes|
|Written by||Dialogues: Bharathan|
Sify rated 5 out of 5 stars and said, “The good old formula is back with Gilli. A one-man army combats an eccentric villain against all odds as he tries to save a helpless girl from his clutches. Dharani has done it for the third time by churning out this hit-and-run yarn that keeps you engaged and entertained for 160 minutes.
Ghilli collected ₹32 crores (equivalent to ₹96 crores or US$12 million in 2020) in Tamil Nadu and ₹35 crores (equivalent to ₹105 crores or US$13 million in 2020) worldwide, it was the highest-grossing Tamil film of the year.
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