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Theatrical Poster
Directed byJanardhan Chikkanna
Produced byPrashant Reddy
Devraja R
Screenplay byJanardhan Chikkanna, Avinash Lakshmaiah
Story byJanardhan Chikkanna
Music byAmit Anand
CinematographyShanthi Sagar H G
Edited byBharath M C
Vivid Films
Release date
  • 30 March 2018 (2018-03-30)
Running time
127 minutes

Gultoo is a 2018 Indian Kannada language cyber-thriller film written and directed by Janardhan Chikkanna.[1] Produced by Prashant Reddy and Devraja R, film's music is scored by Amit Anand. Naveen Shankar and Sonu Gowda feature in lead roles along with Rangayana Raghu, Avinash playing the supporting characters. Shanti Sagar is the cinematographer of the film.[2] under the banner of Vivid Films.


Alok (Naveen Shankar) an orphan becomes famous in his college by hacking an online movie booking website and make his seniors watch a movie which was a task during the Ragging session. After college he and his friend Aasthi (Ram Dhanush) stay together where Alok works as a Computer Science trainer in a Computer Institute where he falls in love with Pooja (Sonu Gowda). Pooja is later revealed as an undercover officer of Indian Intelligence Bureau. Later with the help of Phaneesh (Pawan Kumar) a techie, she tries to pin Alok, who turns out to be the prime suspect in the theft of the ADHAAR data from the storage centre.


  • Naveen Shankar as Alok
  • Sonu Gowda as Pooja Ramesh/Anagha
  • Avinash as Circle Inspector Avinash
  • Rangayana Raghu as Chief Minister Anantharamaiah
  • Pawan Kumar as Techie Phaneesh
  • Ram Dhanush as Arasiah Thimmappa alias Aasthi

Critical response[edit]

The film opened to positive reviews from critics upon theatrical release. Writing for The News Minute, Rakesh says “It comes as a bit of a surprise to see Sandalwood pick up on the topic of Aadhaar and data theft so quickly.”[3] Rating the movie 3.5 out of 5, Sunayana Suresh from The Times of India says “The freshness in the narrative and the extensive research show that director Janardhan Chikkanna is someone to watch out for.”[4] “Gultoo has the elements of a musical-romance and a thriller. But it is spread out in the form of a tragicomedy – a tragicomedy because the viewers are left scratching their heads at the blatant truth staring at them and applauding the makers’ vision at the same time" quoted The First Post.[5] Deccan Chronicle carried the review saying “amidst all sorts of smart ‘leaks’ which has rocked the nation, raising big questions over the safety of all our personal data, here comes a perfect infotainment revolving around one such 'leak’ from another engineer turned director who makes an impressive mark, hacking into a sensible tale in his debut venture.”[6] Prakash from IB Times states that “It is a new-age movie that deals with data theft and exposes the way our data is being mined for money. It tries to showcase how our every single moment is recorded and has a price on the internet. In short, the movie shows how technology can bring misery to our lives but doesn't take a stand whether tech is good or bad.”[7]


“The director has come out with different posters too, which go well with the title and subject of Gultoo. There was a producer-pitch trailer, in which every actor wore glasses with round frames, and this became a highlight".[8]

Casting and Filming[edit]

Naveen Shankar’s entry into Gultoo was through association with college batchmate and director Janardhan Chikkanna.[9]


Soundtrack album by
Amit Anand
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelVivid Films and Divo
ProducerAmit Anand, Hriday Goswami

Amit Anand has composed the score and songs for the film. The lyrics for the songs are written by Jayanth Kaikini, Kiran Kaverappa and Anoop Ramaswamy Kashyap.

Track list
1."Saalaagi"Anoop Ramaswamy KashyapSaindhavi, Deepak Doddera04:03
2."VTU We love you"Kiran KaverappaRaghu Dixit, Ankna Arockiam05:32
3."Neenondu Ashcharya"Jayanth KaikiniEesha Suchi, Deepak Doddera04:05
4."Kadalaache"Anoop Ramaswamy KashyapSupriya Lohith, Raghuram03:51
5."Kaanada Preethi"Anoop Ramaswamy KashyapJasmine Munns, Amit Anand01:01


  1. ^ "Gultoo promises a new face of crime". The Indian Express.
  2. ^ "TOI on Gultoo Trailer".
  3. ^ "'Gultoo' review: This unusual thriller is a rare find in Kannada cinema". The News Minute. 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  4. ^ Gultoo Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India, retrieved 2018-05-21
  5. ^ "Gultoo movie review: Janardhan Chikkanna's potboiler feels relevant in times of Aadhar and Facebook data breach- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  6. ^ "Gultoo movie review: An engaging 'infotainment'". Deccan Chronicle. 2018-03-30. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  7. ^ Upadhyaya, Prakash. "Gultoo movie review: An eye-opening new-age entertainer". International Business Times, India Edition. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  8. ^ "Gultoo is on crime and privacy: Janardhan Chikkanna". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
  9. ^ "Gultoo can't be found in dictionaries: Debutant Naveen Shankar". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-05-21.

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