Ghilli Tamil Movie 2004 Cast

Posted by | Vishnu Das on | June 8, 2023

Initial release

16 April 2004






₹8 crore


Action, Romance


2h 47m

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
Nancy Jennifer Bhuvana
Mayilsamy Narayana
Saai Sundar Raghu – Trisha’s brother
Karate Raja Muthupandi’s Sidekick
Vimal Velu’s Friend
Trisha Krishnan Dhanalakshmi
Ashish Vidyarthi Siva Subramanian
Nagendra Prasad Prasad
Dhamu Otteri Nari
Brahmanandam Iyer
‘Nandha’ Saravanan Tiger Team Captain
Murugadoss Aadhivaasi
Pandi Flower Selling Boy
Appukutty Assistant Samiyar at Velu’s House

Joseph Vijay

Joseph Vijay

Vijay (Actor) Height, Age, Wife, Family

Prakash Raj

Prakash Raj

He played the ruthless gangster to be the antagonist for Vijay in the action thriller ‘Ghilli’.

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Janaki Sabesh

Janaki Sabesh

Janaki is well-known in Tamil cinema for her motherly roles but she has now moved on to storytelling and writing for children.

Tanikella Bharani

Tanikella Bharani

Nancy Jennifer

Nancy Jennifer



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Saai Sundar

Karate Raja



Trisha Krishnan

Trisha Krishnan

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Ashish Vidyarthi

Ashish Vidyarthi (Actor) Height, Weight, Age, Wife, Biography.

Nagendra Prasad


The film features Trisha and Vijay in lead roles with Ashish Vidyarthi, Dhamu, Prakash Raj, Mayilsamy, and Janaki Sabesh playing supporting roles.



Brahmanandam (Comedian) Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

‘Nandha’ Saravanan








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
Budget ₹8 crore
Cinematography S. Gopinath
K. V. Anand
(1 Song)
Country India
Directed by Dharani
Edited by B. Lenin
V. T. Vijayan
Language Tamil
Music by Vidyasagar
Produced by A. M. Rathnam
Production Company Sri Surya Movies
Release date 16 April 2004
Running time 166 minutes
Screenplay by Dharani
Story by Gunasekhar
Written by Dialogues: Bharathan


Critical Reception

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.

Box office

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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