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Theatrical Poster
Directed byM. G. Srinivas
Written byUpendra
Produced byAjinkya Vinchurkar
CinematographyShreesha Kuduvalli
Edited bySri Crazymindz
Music byV. Harikrishna
Release date
  • 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15)

Topiwala is a 2013 Kannada political satire film starring Upendra and Bhavana in the lead roles. The film was written by Upendra and directed by M. G. Srinivas. Kanakapura Sreenivas and K. P. Srikanth jointly produced this venture under R.S. Productions banner. V. Harikrishna composed the music. The film was released on 15 March 2013 in 150 theaters. [1]


Basak, who wants to steal the money in Swiss bank which was black money of corrupted politicians. He needs a secret code for that, which is with a mentally infirm man, who names himself as Mr.India but has lost his memory due to the accident. How does Basak recover the code and whether he will be successful in developing the country's economy with the black money forms the crux of the plot.




Topiwala went on floors in 14 March 2012.[2] The script and screenplay of the film were written by Upendra and radio jockey M. G. 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. Mukti Mohan, a participant of Star One's dance reality show, Zara Nachke Dikha, was brought in for an item song.[3] The film was successfully wrapped on 20 December 2012. [4]


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.


Soundtrack album by
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Official audio
Topiwala - Full Album on YouTube

The film's music was composed by V. Harikrishna. Audio CDs were released into the market on 13 February 2013 [5] 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. [6]

Track listing
1."Shangrila"Manu, Priyadarshini4:31
2."Topiwala"V. Harikrishna4:51
3."Girgitle Grigitle"Vijay Prakash, Kannika Urs4:28
4."Gala Gala"Supriya Lohith, Tippu3:43
Total length:18:36


Critical response[edit]

Srikanth Srinivasa from wrote "The title credits are quite imaginatively done and the thoughts in the film are also ingenious but the execution could have been a lot better. Topiwaala is worth a one-time watch only for Upendra’s fans. Others may be taking a risk watching it".[7] A critic from The Times of India scored the film at 3 out of 5 stars and says "While Upendra manages to do justice to his role, Bhavana is not at all impressive. Raju Talikote bores you with his monotonous dialogues. Mythreyi playing the role of Malashri shines. Except for one song ‘Malli malli’, the music by V Harikrishna has nothing much to offer."[8] A critic from Bangalore Mirror wrote  "The first-half is jam-packed, but quite a few scenes don’t make any impact.If this is a method employed to make the audience watch the film twice over, it surely doesn’t work. The second half of the film is better in comparison. Though the film picks up steam towards the end, it is too late to do any damage control.The premise had potential, but the execution is poor".[9]


  1. ^ "Upendra's Topiwala has got a poster strategy". The Times of India. 12 March 2013. Archived from the original on 21 September 2023. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  2. ^ "Topiwala gets rolling". The Times of India. 14 March 2012. Archived from the original on 30 September 2022. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Mukti to shake her leg in an item number". The Times of India. 7 September 2012. Archived from the original on 21 September 2023. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  4. ^ "Topiwala completes shoot". Archived from the original on 31 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Topiwala audio release on Feb 13". The Times of India. 8 February 2013. Archived from the original on 30 September 2022. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  6. ^ "Upendra's Topiwala audio launched". The Times of India. 25 February 2013. Archived from the original on 30 September 2022. Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  7. ^ "Review: Topiwaala is for Upendra's fans only". Archived from the original on 21 March 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013.
  8. ^ "TOPIWAALA MOVIE REVIEW". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 20 June 2022. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  9. ^ "Topiwala: The hat comes off". Bangalore Mirror. 16 March 2013. Archived from the original on 30 September 2022. Retrieved 30 September 2022.

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