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Topiwala movie poster.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed byMG Srinivas
Produced by
  • Kanakapura Sreenivas
  • K. P. Srikanth
Written byUpendra
Music byV. Harikrishna
CinematographyShreesha Kuduvalli
Edited bySri Crazymindz
Release date
  • 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)
Budget65 million (US$940,000)
Box office72 million (US$1.0 million)[1]
25 million (US$360,000) satellite Rights

Topiwala is a 2013 Kannada political satire film starring Upendra and Bhavana in the lead roles. The film is written by Upendra and directed by MG Srinivas. Kanakapura Sreenivas and K.P. Srikanth jointly produce this venture under R.S. Productions banner. V. Harikrishna composed the music.[2]

The film was released on 15 March 2013 in 150 Karnataka theaters[3] and grossed 35 million (US$510,000) in its opening weekend[4] and more than 50 million (US$720,000) in its first week.[5] The film was dubbed and released in Telugu as Swiss Bank Ki Daaredi.





Topiwala went on floors in January 2012. The script and screenplay of the film were written by Upendra and radio jockey MG Srinivas was selected to direct the film. Actress Bhavana of Jackie fame was cast in the female lead. The film was produced by Kanakapura Sreenivas, who produced Upendra's Omkara in 2004. The film also stars debutante actress Maithreyi, Rangayana Raghu, and Raju Talikote in supporting roles while Ravishankar plays the antagonist. Vijanath Biradar has a surprise cameo.[6][7] Mukti Mohan, participant of Star One's dance reality show Zara Nachke Dikha, was brought in for an item song.[8]


At the first press meet of the film, held in December 2012, producer Kanakapura Srinivas said that a younger team was brought in for the film to try to generate fresh thoughts in presentation. "Now, we have Topiwala with a young team which is sure to create new bench marks", said Sreenivas. Upendra described the film as a political satire based on current affairs and corruption. "The film is based on incidents that happen in contemporary times. Political incidents are part of the script. It is a humorous commentary on every distortion that we see in our society", said Upendra.[9]


Box office[edit]

Topiwala was released on 15 March 2013 in over 150 theaters in Karnataka. Topiwala opened to strong box office collections on its release day with 90 to 100% occupancy at single screens and around 90% occupancy at multiplexes. The film grossed 35 million (US$510,000) during its opening weekend[10] and grossed more than 50 million (US$720,000) in its first week.[11] Upendra and the entire team of Topiwala celebrated a success meet of the movie at the Udayavani Head Office in Bangalore, by launching a campaign against corruption.[12] Topiwala did average business at the box office[13] and grossed around 72 million (US$1.0 million) in five weeks earning a net share of 48 million (US$690,000) at the box office. The film also did an additional business of 25 million (US$360,000) through satellite and audio rights, therefore recovering its cost of production.


The film's music was composed by V. Harikrishna. Audio CDs were released into the market on 13 February 2013 and an official audio launch was held at the Windsor Manor Hotel in Bangalore on 23 February 2013. All three brothers of the Rajkumar family, Shivrajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, and Puneeth Rajkumar attended the audio launch along with cast and crew of the film and other film personalities.[14]

1."Shangrila"Yogaraj BhatManu, Priyadarshini04:31
2."Topiwala"MG SrinivasV. Harikrishna04:51
3."Girgitle Grigitle"UpendraVijay Prakash, Kannika Urs04:28
4."Gala Gala"Topiwala TeamSupriya Lohit, Tippu03:43
5."Theme"  01:43


  1. ^ "Topiwala collects Rs 5 crore in first week".
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  3. ^ "Topiwala takes sandalwood by storm".
  4. ^ "Topiwala collects Rs 3.5 crores in 3 days".
  5. ^ "Topiwala collects Rs 5 crores in first week".
  6. ^ "Topiwala Launched".
  7. ^ "Topiwala completes shoot".
  8. ^ "Mukti Mohan in an item song for Topiwala".
  9. ^ "Topiwala completes shoot".
  10. ^ "Topiwala collects Rs 3.5 crore in 3 days".
  11. ^ "Topiwala collects Rs 5 crore in first week".
  12. ^ "Topiwala success meet".
  13. ^ "Topiwala average business at box office".
  14. ^ "Topiwala audio released".

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