Theatrical release poster
|Produced by||Kotapadi J. Rajesh|
Mansoor Ali Khan
|Cinematography||R. S. Anandakumar|
|Edited by||Vijay Velukutty|
|Distributed by||Mishri Enterprises|
Gulaebaghavali (English: The Flower of Baghavali) is a 2018 Tamil language action comedy film written and directed by Kalyaan and produced by KJR Studios. The film features Prabhu Deva and Hansika Motwani in the leading roles alongside an ensemble supporting cast including Revathi, Ramdoss, Anandaraj, and Yogi Babu. Featuring music by Vivek–Mervin and cinematography by R.S.Anandakumar, the film was released on 12 January 2018. The film was dubbed into Telugu as Gulebakavali.
The story opens in the British India reign, where a British gentleman and his porter are trying to catch a ferry. On the way, however, one of the suitcases being carried by the porter falls and opens, revealing many diamonds. The porter steals some of the diamonds and sends the gentleman on his way. He hides these diamonds in a trunk, which he buries near a temple in the Gulaebaghavali village. The story then shifts to 2018, where Maasha (Revathi) fools Mayilvaganam (Sathyan), thinking that her son is dead. Then, she steals his car. Meanwhile, Badri (Prabhu Deva) and his boss Nambi (Mansoor Ali Khan) perform petty thefts for a living. While at a pub, Badri spots Viji (Hansika Motwani) and falls for her. Soon, due to a misunderstanding, Badri unknowingly accepts to steal a priceless statue from the temple at Gulaebagavali and runs into Viji. The duo escapes from the villagers' hands and falls into the hands of a businessman named Sampath (Madhusudhan Rao) and his brother-in-law (Anandaraj), who is also Munish's (Ramdoss) boss. Nambi and Munish's boss forcefully send Badri and Viji to Gulaebaghavali to steal the trunk (it is revealed that the businessman is the porter's grandson). With some help from Munish and Maasha, they steal the trunk. Munish opens it, and a skeleton is revealed. After a lot of confusion, the trunk is delivered, where it is revealed that the diamonds are stored in the skeleton. After a long argument, the police comes to the spot and finds that the diamonds were very valuable. After they escape from the police, it is revealed that during the fight, a hand of the skeleton fell in Maasha's car. On finding this out and how Maasha tried to deceive the other three, the trio chases her. A parallel storyline involves Mayilvaganam and a don named Annachi (Rajendran), which ultimately culminates in the climax.
- Prabhu Deva as Badri, a man who performs petty thefts for a living
- Hansika Motwani as Viji, a woman who Badri sees at a bar and falls for
- Revathi as Maasha, a woman who helps Badri and Viji steal the trunk but later escapes with the skeleton
- Anandaraj as Munish's boss and Sampath's brother-in-law
- Ramdoss as Munish, a man who helps Badri and Viji steal the trunk
- Rajendran as Annachi, a don
- Sathyan as Mayilvaganam, a man whose car gets stolen by Maasha
- Mansoor Ali Khan as Nambi, Badri's boss
- Yogi Babu as Panni
- Vela Ramamoorthy as Village Head
- Madhusudhan Rao as Sampath, a businessman who Badri and Viji encounter
- Nalinikanth as Sampath's father
- Cool Suresh
- T. M. Karthik
- Supergood Subramani
- Vinod Sagar
- Ambani Shankar as Maari
- Divya Krishnan as Annachi's wife
- Nagendra Prasad special appearance in the song "Guleba"
In April 2017, Prabhu Deva agreed terms to work on a fantasy adventure comedy film titled Gulaebaghavali under the direction of Kalyaan, who had previously made Kadhai Solla Poren (2016) and Kaathadi (2018). Hansika Motwani, who had earlier worked in Prabhu Deva's productions and directorial projects, was cast to play the leading female role opposite Prabhu Deva. Produced by KJR Studios, the makers also cast Revathi in a pivotal role, while a bevy of supporting actors including Ramdoss, Yogi Babu and Anandaraj were also recruited. A first look poster was released in May 2017, with Deva and Hansika revealed to be portraying con-artistes. Following the release of Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017), the team actively decided to enhance the film's budget on costumes to ensure a rich production value appeared on screen. The makers of the film included a scene which makes a reference to the 1955 film of the same name, with Kalyaan devising a special flashback sequence to connect the two films. For a particular set in the film, the art director created a replica of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon at a cost of two crores.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||24 December 2017|
|Label||Think Music India|
The film's music was composed by duo Vivek–Mervin, in their fourth film venture following Vadacurry (2014), Pugazh (2016) and Dora (2017). The soundtrack was released on 24 December 2017 through Think Music India.
|Track listing (Tamil version)|
|1.||"Guleba"||Ku. Karthik||Anirudh Ravichander, Mervin Solomon||4:37|
|2.||"Seramal Ponnal"||Ko. Sesha||Mervin Solomon, Sameera Bharadwaj||5:11|
|3.||"Heartukulla"||Pa. Vijay||Nakash Aziz, Sanjana Diwakar||3:51|
|4.||"You're The One"||Ko. Sesha, Inno Genga||Inno Genga||4:23|
|Track Listing (Telugu version)|
|2.||"Chejaari Pothe"||Mervin Solomon, Sameera Bharadwaj||5:42|
|3.||"Heartulona"||Vivek Siva, Sanjana Diwakar||3:54|
Awards and nominations
|Date of Ceremony||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|05 January 2019||Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards||Best Comedian - Female||Revathi||Won|||
|Best Dance Choreographer||Jani Master||Won|
|16 August 2019||8th South Indian International Movie Awards||Best Comedian - Female||Revathi||Nominated|
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