|Produced by||A. M. Rathnam|
|Written by||Bharathan (dialogues)|
|Edited by||V. T. Vijayan|
Ghilli (lit. Risk taker) is a 2004 Indian Tamil-language action film directed by Dharani and produced by A. M. Rathnam under the production company Sri Surya Movies. The film features Vijay and Trisha in lead roles with Ashish Vidyarthi, Dhamu, Prakash Raj, Mayilsamy and Janaki Sabesh playing supporting roles. The story revolves around a kabbadi player saving a girl from a evil person and in his absence his team loses a prematch against a dominant team but his team finally wins the state level tournament finals against another dominant Punjab team.
The soundtrack album and score were composed by Vidyasagar. Cinematography was handled by Gopinath and editing was done by V. T. Vijayan. Dialogues for the film were written by Bharathan. The plot revolves around an aspiring Kabaddi player who saves a girl from a murderous factionalist leader who wants to marry her. The film was released on 17 April 2004..
Saravanavelu alias Velu (Vijay) is a state-level kabaddi player who is the son of Chennai's Assistant Commissioner of Police Sivasubramanian (Ashish Vidyarthi). Sivasubramanian is not fond of his son, constantly chiding him for his lack of interest in studies and his love for kabaddi. In contrast, his mother (Janaki Sabesh) dotes on him, and his younger sister Bhuvana (Nancy Jennifer), a sharp and inquisitive schoolgirl, constantly gets Velu into trouble with their father, but nevertheless adores him.
Meanwhile, in Madurai, there is a ruthless factionalist leader Muthupandi (Prakash Raj), who lusts after Dhanalakshmi (Trisha) and would do anything to marry her. Muthupandi kills Dhanalakshmi's first elder brother as he rejects his offer to marry her. Then Dhanalakshmi’s second elder brother is also killed by Muthupandi when he tries to avenge his brother's murder. Dhanalakshmi’s father (Vinod Raj) is a meek person who gets horrified by Muthupandi’s acts and asks Dhanalakshmi to leave Madurai and lead a peaceful life at her uncle's place in the United States by giving her the necessary certificates and money. Muthupandi catches her when she starts fleeing, because by coincidence, she gets into one of the lorries owned by him. At this juncture, Velu, who is in Madurai to play in a kabaddi tournament, rescues Dhanalakshmi and takes her to Chennai.
Velu takes Dhanalakshmi to his house and hides her in his room, unknown to his family. With the help of his friends, he arranges passport, visa, and flight tickets for Dhanalakshmi so that she can go to the US. Meanwhile, Muthupandi and his father (Tanikella Bharani), who is the Home Minister, ask Sivasubramanian to search for Dhanalakshmi and the apparent kidnapper. When Sivasubramanian discovers that it is his own son who did the "crime", Velu and Dhanalakshmi run away and hide in the lighthouse. Dhanalakshmi has by now fallen in love with Velu, and has been accepted by his mother and sister. So she is reluctant to go to the US. Velu however, is adamant on sending her to the US, and he, along with his friends, get her to the airport in time for her flight before their kabaddi match against Punjab in the final of the National League.
Sivasubramanian, enraged that his son is a wanted criminal and yet is playing in a kabaddi match, goes to the stadium to arrest Velu. By now, Velu too has fallen in love with Dhanalakshmi and begins to miss her, only to spot her in the stadium during the match. Velu's lack of focus in the game is replaced by his best performance on seeing Dhanalakshmi, winning Tamil Nadu the championship. After winning the championship, Velu is arrested by his father, but is then stopped by Muthupandi, who wants to fight Velu, having been incited by Dhanalakshmi to do so to prove his worth. Velu defeats Muthupandi and embraces Dhanalakshmi, but when Muthupandi regains consciousness and tries to kill Velu, he accidentally falls on a currentwire and dies.
- Vijay as Saravanavelu
- Trisha Krishnan as Dhanalakshmi, as Saravanavelu's love interest
- Prakash Raj as Muthupandi, a factionalist leader
- Ashish Vidyarthi as Sivasubramanian, Saravanavelu's father
- Tanikella Bharani as Rajapandi, Muthupandi's father
- Janaki Sabesh as Saravanavelu's mother
- Baby Jennifer as Bhuvana, Saravanavelu's younger sister
- Dhamu as Otteri Nari
- Vinod Raj as Dhanalakshmi's father
- T. K. Kala as Muthupandi's mother
- Nagendra Prasad as Prasad
- Aadukalam Murugadoss as Aadhivasi
- Mayilsamy as Narayana
- Brahmanandam as a Priest Ramakrishna
- Appukutty as Ramakrishna's assistant
- Ponnambalam as Arivazhagan
- Nandha Saravanan as Saravanavelu's enemy (opposite team leader)
- Pandu as Police Inspector
- Karate Raja as Muthupandi's henchman
- Pandi as Roadside Seller
- Saai Sundar as Raghu, Dhanalakshmi's second brother
- Ammu Ramachandran as Ammu
- Vimal as Saravanavelu's teammate (uncredited role)
- Priyanka as Chachi (shopkeeper)
Vijay expressed interest in starring in a Tamil remake of the Telugu action film Okkadu and prompted producer A. M. Rathnam to purchase the remake rights of the film. Dharani was finalized as the director, whose previous film Dhool under Rathnam's production had been a financial success. Dharani's regular crew members including cinematographer Gopinath and music director Vidyasagar joined the film, while Rocky Rajesh and Raju Sundaram were chosen to choreograph the stunts and dances, respectively. Later Trisha Krishnan was confirmed to play the female lead, while Prakash Raj was signed on to reprise the villain's character from the original. Dhamu and Prabhu Deva's brother, Nagendra Prasad were recruited to essay supporting roles. Ashish Vidyarthi, Janaki Sabesh and Baby Jennifer were selected to portray Vijay's parents and sister, respectively. Playback singer T. K. Kala made her acting debut with this film. Vimal who went on to act in films like Pasanga (2009) and Kalavani (2010) appeared in a small role as one of Vijay's teammates and also worked as "unofficial" assistant director.
Filming began in mid-2003, after Vijay had completed his action flick Thirumalai; the film was completed by early 2004. Filming took place in Chennai surrounding the coastal areas like Mylapore and Besant Nagar. The film's introduction fight scene and a song were shot in a costly set in Prasad studios. A lighthouse set was also erected. Other action and chasing sequences were canned near the Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai. The climax scene was shot in a crowd of one hundred thousand people on a Vinayagar Chaturthi occasion.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||28 March 2004|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Label||Five Star Audio|
The soundtrack features 6 songs composed by Vidyasagar. The lyrics were penned by Yugabharathi, Pa. Vijay, Na. Muthukumar, Kabilan and Maran. The soundtrack became a sensation on release. The song Appadi Podu in particular enjoyed high popularity upon release, all over South India and became a huge chartbuster. The song was later reused by Chakri as "Adaragottu" in the Telugu movie Krishna (2008). The song was also adapted as Hum Na Tode in the Hindi movie Boss starring Akshay Kumar. Following the internet phenomenon of "Why This Kolaveri Di" in 2011, "Appadi Podu" was featured alongside "Oh Podu", "Nakka Mukka" and "Ringa Ringa" in a small collection of south Indian songs that are considered a "national rage" in India.
|2.||"Arjunaru Villu"||Sukhwinder Singh||04:27|
|3.||"Sha La La"||Sunidhi Chauhan||04:30|
|4.||"Appadi Podu"||KK, Anuradha Sriram||05:53|
|6.||"Kokkarakko"||Udit Narayan, Sujatha Mohan||05:00|
Ghilli was due for release on 9 April but later got postponed for a week and opened in over 150 theaters on 16 April. Though the reason for the postponement was not given out, rumors were that producer A M Rathnam's creditors put pressure on him to settle his accounts before release.
Sify rated the movie 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. Nowrunning.com stated that "Gilli, story wise, is neither fresh popcorn nor spicy samosa found in theaters but the screenplay and overall treatment is as fresh and appetizing as full meals after a long day and gave an overall rating of 3/5 stars. The Hindu stated that "Vijay, the hero whom the masses today identify with, and Prakash Raj, the inimitable villain in tow, this remake of the Telugu flick, "Okkadu," comes a clear winner". Indiaglitz described the film as "an out and out entertainer". Rediff stated that, "Gilli portrays Vijay as a comic hero who battles his villains logically while his physical powers are exaggerated dramatically. Having said that, Gilli offers nothing less than sheer entertainment and an edgy thriller for the Tamil film industry, which is deprived of such films.
- Filmfare Award for Best Villain – Tamil – Prakash Raj
- Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer – South – Raju Sundaram
- Madras Corporate Club Best Actor Award – Vijay
- Dinakaran Best Actor Award – Vijay
- Film Today Best Actor Award – Vijay
- Dinakaran Best Villain Award – Prakash Raj
Remakes and character map
|S. P. Shukla|
The film established Prakash Raj as a villain and the dialogue Chellam became popular. The scene where Vijay threatens to hurt Trisha when Prakash Raj, who allows him to pass through unopposed was included in the list "Top 20 Mass Scenes" by Behindwoods. The scene was parodied by Shah Rukh Khan in Chennai Express (2013). Behindwoods rated Ghilli as "2004's summer blockbuster of the decade (from 2003 to 2013)".
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