Kolamavu Kokila

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Kolamavu Kokila
Kolamavu Kokila.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byNelson Dilipkumar
Produced byAllirajah Subaskaran
Yogi Babu
Saranya Ponvannan
R. S. Shivaji
Hareesh Peradi
Charles Vinoth
Music byAnirudh Ravichander
CinematographySivakumar Vijayan
Edited byR. Nirmal
Distributed byZee Studios
Ayngaran International
Release date
  • 17 August 2018 (2018-08-17)
Running time
140 minutes
Budget15 crore (US$2.1 million)
Box office65 crore (US$9.1 million)

Kolamavu Kokila (transl.Kolam-powder Kokila) is a 2018 Indian Tamil-language black comedy crime film written and directed by debutant Nelson Dilipkumar and produced by Lyca Productions. The film stars Nayanthara in the lead role alongside a supporting cast including Yogi Babu, Saranya Ponvannan, R. S. Shivaji, Charles Vinoth, and Hareesh Peradi. Anirudh Ravichander composes the film's music. The film, which was also released in Telugu as "Ko Ko Kokila". A Hindi remake of the film, Good Luck Jerry is being produced by Aanand L. Rai starring Janhvi Kapoor, who is reprising the role played by Nayanthara.[1] The film was released on 17 August 2018 to positive response and became a commercial success.


The film opens with the killing of a police officer by cocaine mafia lord Bhai (Hareesh Peradi) and his henchmen. Kokila (Nayanthara) struggles to find a job to take care of her parents and sister. She stumbles on the cocaine smuggling business of Mohan. When her mother is diagnosed with lung cancer, Kokila is forced to work for Mohan. Her cunning earns her a name in the business. The new inspector Guru is a no-nonsense cop and cracks down on drug dealers. Kokila is almost caught a couple of times but manages to evade the authorities. She convinces Mohan to kill two of his henchmen suspected of leaking information and then decides to quit the business. Mohan seemingly accepts but tries to rape her. She beats him up and tries to flee with her family but is caught by Bobi, who had recruited her initially. He demands that she deliver a one last consignment of 100 kilos to Alphonse. Kokila is forced to accept and enlists the help of her family. Shekhar and Lakshman Kumar join them unaware of their smuggling. She delivers the load, but it is revealed that she switched most of it for salt. She then tricks Bobi to double-cross Bhai and then frames him for swindling Bhai. She has him killed and continues the shipment run. On the way, she is caught by the police, who were Alphonse's men in disguise. She manages to avoid getting raped and kills off her captors with the help of her family. Guru tracks her down and arrests her. Kokila makes a deal with him to nab Bhai and bring the whole drug business down. The plan works out, Bhai is shot dead, and Kokila and her family escape punishment. In the end, the family starts a business of Kolam powder, calling it 'Kokila Kolamavu'.


Special appearances in the promotional song "Kabiskabaa CoCo"


In July 2017, Lyca Productions announced that they would be making a film starring Nayanthara in the lead role, which would be directed by Nelson Dilipkumar. Nelson had previously worked as a creative director with the television channel Star Vijay, as well as completing half the shoot of a project titled Vettai Mannan starring Silambarasan, Deeksha Seth and Hansika Motwani, which ran into production trouble.[2] Described as a "dark comedy", the makers held discussions with Saranya Ponvannan and Yogi Babu in July 2017 to cast them in key roles. Anirudh Ravichander was signed up to compose the film's score and soundtrack.[3] Sivakumar Vijayan the cinematographer of Irudhi Suttru and Iraivi was signed up to do the cinematography for the film. The shoot began in August 2017, with television anchor Jacqueline joined the cast during the first schedule.[4][5] As of January 2018, it was revealed that the film was completed barring two more days of shoot.[6]


Kolamavu Kokila
Soundtrack album by
Released4 July 2018
StudioAlbuquerque Records
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelZee Music
ProducerAnirudh Ravichander
Anirudh Ravichander chronology
Thaanaa Serndha Koottam
Kolamavu Kokila
Official Audio Jukebox (Tamil) on YouTube Official Audio Jukebox (Telugu) on YouTube
Tamil Track-List
1."Edhuvaraiyo"VivekSean Roldan, Gautham Menon4:12
2."Kalyaana Vayasu"SivakarthikeyanAnirudh Ravichander3:54
3."Orey Oru"Vignesh ShivanAnirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi3:19
4."Kabiskabaa Coco – The Gibberish Song" Arunraja Kamaraj2:19
5."Thittam Poda Theriyala"Vignesh ShivanAnirudh Ravichander4:27
6."Gun-In Kadhal"Vignesh ShivanVijay Yesudas, Arunraja Kamaraj2:59
Total length:21:10
Telugu Track-List
1."Endukila Jariginado"Rajshri Sudhakar, Goutham Vasudev MenonSrikrishna Vishnubhotla, RJ Feroz4:13
2."Pelleedu Vachchinidhani"Rajshri SudhakarRanjith3:54
3."Okanoka Illu"Rajshri SudhakarAnudeep Dev, Lipsika3:20
4."Kabiskabaa Coco - The Gibberish Song" Arunraja Kamaraj2:19
5."Upaayame"Rajshri SudhakarRevanth4:27
6."Gun's Love"Rajshri SudhakarVijay Yesudas, Arunraja Kamaraj2:59
Total length:21:12


Kolamavu Kokila was released on 17 August 2018.[7][8]

Box office[edit]

The film collected close to 4 crore (US$560,000) in first day and 3.1 crore (US$430,000) to 7.1 crore (US$1.0 million) in second day. The film collected 14.75 crore (US$2.1 million) in five days in Tamil Nadu. The film collected 29.02 lakh (US$41,000) in United States,10.61 lakh (US$15,000) in Canada, 24.62 lakh (US$35,000) in UK, 11.74 lakh (US$16,000) in Australia and 33.67 lakh (US$47,000) in Malaysia.[9] In its first nine days, the film had grossed 85 crore (US$12 million).[10]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Date of Ceremony Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
5 January 2019 Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards Best Comedian – Male Yogi Babu Won [11]
TBA Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards Best Comedian – Male Yogi Babu Won
Best Screenplay Nelson Dilipkumar Won
15 August 2019 8th South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Award for Best Actress Nayanthara Nominated
SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback Singer Anirudh Ravichander Nominated
SIIMA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Saranya Ponvannan Nominated
SIIMA Award for Best Cinematographer Sivakumar Vijayan Nominated
SIIMA Award for Best Comedian Yogi Babu Won
SIIMA Award for Best Music Director Anirudh Ravichander Won
SIIMA Award for Best Debut Director Nelson Won
21 December 2019 66th Filmfare Awards South Best Actress Nayanthara Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Yogi Babu Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Saranya Ponvannan Won
Best Music Director Anirudh Ravichander Nominated
Best Playback Singer - Male Anirudh Ravichander Nominated


  1. ^ Kanyal, Jyoti (11 January 2021). "Janhvi Kapoor begins shooting for Aanand L Rai's Good Luck Jerry in Punjab". India Today. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Nayanthara's next, a dark comedy". The New Indian Express.
  3. ^ "Nayanthara on a roll, signs another female-centric script sans romance". 24 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Exclusive! Jacqueline's role in Nayanthara's 'COCO' - Tamil News". IndiaGlitz.com. 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Nayanthara's next, Kolamaavu Kokila". The New Indian Express.
  6. ^ "A unique song for Nayanthara's Co Co". The New Indian Express.
  7. ^ "Friday Fury-August 17". Sify. 17 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Kolamaavu Kokila (aka) CoCo review". Behindwoods. 17 August 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  9. ^ "Kolamavu Kokila box office collection Day 5: Nayan's film mints Rs 14.75 crore". International Business Times. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Geetha Govindam enters Rs 200 cr club; Kolamaavu Kokila becomes highest-grossing heroine-led film in Tamil". Firstpost. 28 August 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  11. ^ "ஆனந்த விகடன் சினிமா விருதுகள் 2018 - திறமைக்கு மரியாதை" [Ananda Vikatan Cinema Awards 2018 - Respect for Talent]. Vikatan. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2021.

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