Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Nelson Dilipkumar|
|Produced by||Allirajah Subaskaran|
R. S. Shivaji
|Music by||Anirudh Ravichander|
|Edited by||R. Nirmal|
|Distributed by||Zee Studios |
|Budget||₹15 crore (US$2.1 million)|
|Box office||₹65 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. 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'.
- Nayanthara as Kokila
- Yogi Babu as Shekhar
- Saranya Ponvannan as Kokila's mother
- R. S. Shivaji as Kokila's father
- Hareesh Peradi as Bhai
- Charles Vinoth as Mohan
- Rajendran as Alphonse
- Saravanan as Inspector Guru
- Cheenu Mohan as Police Inspector
- Anbu Thaasan as Lakshman Kumar (LK)
- Jacqueline as Shobi (Kokila's sister)
- Aranthangi Nisha as Guru's wife
- Vadivel Balaji as Remo Kumar (LK's uncle)
- Redin Kingsley as Tony
- Arun Alexander as Bobi
- Special appearances in the promotional song "Kabiskabaa CoCo"
- Bijili Ramesh
- Lollu Sabha Manohar
- Theepetti Ganesan
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. 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. 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. As of January 2018, it was revealed that the film was completed barring two more days of shoot.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||4 July 2018|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Anirudh Ravichander chronology|
|on YouTube on YouTube|
|1.||"Edhuvaraiyo"||Vivek||Sean Roldan, Gautham Menon||4:12|
|2.||"Kalyaana Vayasu"||Sivakarthikeyan||Anirudh Ravichander||3:54|
|3.||"Orey Oru"||Vignesh Shivan||Anirudh Ravichander, Jonita Gandhi||3:19|
|4.||"Kabiskabaa Coco – The Gibberish Song"||Arunraja Kamaraj||2:19|
|5.||"Thittam Poda Theriyala"||Vignesh Shivan||Anirudh Ravichander||4:27|
|6.||"Gun-In Kadhal"||Vignesh Shivan||Vijay Yesudas, Arunraja Kamaraj||2:59|
|1.||"Endukila Jariginado"||Rajshri Sudhakar, Goutham Vasudev Menon||Srikrishna Vishnubhotla, RJ Feroz||4:13|
|2.||"Pelleedu Vachchinidhani"||Rajshri Sudhakar||Ranjith||3:54|
|3.||"Okanoka Illu"||Rajshri Sudhakar||Anudeep Dev, Lipsika||3:20|
|4.||"Kabiskabaa Coco - The Gibberish Song"||Arunraja Kamaraj||2:19|
|6.||"Gun's Love"||Rajshri Sudhakar||Vijay Yesudas, Arunraja Kamaraj||2:59|
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. In its first nine days, the film had grossed ₹85 crore (US$12 million).
Awards and nominations
|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|||
|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|
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