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Gopura Vasalile

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Gopura Vasalile
Directed byPriyadarshan
Screenplay byPriyadarshan
Gokula Krishnan (Dialogues)
Story bySreenivasan
Produced byM. K. Thamizharasu[1]
CinematographyP. C. Sreeram
Edited byN. Gopalakrishnan
Music byIlaiyaraaja
Arul Nithi Films
Release date
  • 22 March 1991 (1991-03-22)

Gopura Vasalile (/ɡpʊrə vɑːsəlil/ transl. At the doorstep of the gopuram) is a 1991 Indian Tamil-language romantic black comedy film directed by Priyadarshan, starring Karthik and Bhanupriya. It relies on various subplots from the Malayalam film Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran (1990) and the Hindi film Chashme Buddoor (1981).[2][3][4] The film was released on 22 March 1991.[5]


Manohar (Karthik) is a schoolteacher in a local town. He is a bachelor living along with his friends (Nassar, Junior Balaiah, Charle). Manohar has had a troubled love life, having lost his lover Kasthuri (Suchitra) in a car accident. His friends are wastrels who roam about the town, flirting with the local girls. During one such dalliance with an army officer's (V. K. Ramasamy) daughter Kalyani (Bhanupriya), they are put behind bars for a few days. Manohar also gets peeved with their uncouth behavior and reprimands them for it. Humiliated, the friends decide to wreak their revenge on Manohar. They collude with Pethaperumal (Janagaraj), a clerk in a local bank, and attempt to trick Manohar into believing that Kalyani is in love with him. A few anonymous letters later, the plan comes out successful.

In the meantime, during the course of a few accidental events, Manohar comes across to Kalyani as a brave and resourceful hero. Impressed, she seeks his hand in marriage through the help of her father. This sudden development takes his scheming friends aback. They cook up evidences to convince Manohar that Kalyani is a prostitute. The gullible Manohar believes the subterfuge and cancels the plans of marriage. Despondent after the twin love failures in his life, Manohar attempts suicide in a hotel. Thinking that he is dead, the friends flee the town to avoid police confrontations. It is finally revealed to the viewers that Manohar was rescued by the police later and had reunited with Kalyani, after the foul play was decoded. Manohar pardons the friends as they had played some role in developing a love with his wife and invites them to a banquet at his new house atop a hill.



Malayalam director Priyadarshan was to have made his Tamil debut with the film Chinnamanikkuyile, which never saw a theatrical release. As a result, Gopura Vasalile became his Tamil debut.[6] It is also the first appearance of Malayalam actor Mohanlal in a Tamil film.[3][7]


The soundtrack was composed by Ilaiyaraaja.[8][9] The song "Kadhal Kavithaigal" is set to the raga Mayamalavagowla,[10][11] "Naadam Ezhundadadi" is set to Shree ranjani,[12][13] and "Thalattum Poongkaatru" is set to Simhendramadhyamam.[14][15]

Song Singers Lyrics
"Kadhal Kavithaigal" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra Piraisoodan
"Keladi En" S. P. Balasubrahmanyam
"Naadam Ezhundadadi" S. Janaki, K. J. Yesudas
"Priyasakhi" Mano, S. Janaki Vaali
"Dhevadhai Pol" Deepan Chakravarthy, Mano, Malaysia Vasudevan, S. N. Surendar
"Thalattum Poongkaatru" S. Janaki


Sundarji of Kalki praised the acting of Karthik and Janagaraj, music and cinematography but felt the film's plot was not special and concluded many talented people of the film have faced downs in this film.[16]


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  15. ^ Sundararaman 2007, p. 160.
  16. ^ சுந்தர்ஜி (21 April 1991). "கோபுர வாசலிலே". Kalki (in Tamil). p. 17. Archived from the original on 12 August 2022. Retrieved 12 August 2022.


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