Gilli Movie Review – Dharani On Top

We clap, laugh and adore Vijay as he takes over his contemporaries in the race to super-stardom. Gilli portrays a Vijay as a comic hero who battles his villains logically while his physical powers are exaggerated dramatically. Having said that Gilli offers nothing less than sheer entertainment and an edgy thriller for the Tamil film industry which is deprived of such films.

Dharani‘s magic has worked third time. This time he has reached the way to the top gracefully and is sure to remain there for sometime. From Dhill to Gilli, dharani’s journey has been calculated, planned and executed with discipline. Gilli is certainly not a yet-another-telugu-remake of Okkadu. Gilli’s incidental story is not a man’s saga or epic tale. But its production values and entertainment mix has taken the movie to high scales.

It talks about an angry, young and brave Chennaite’s slice of life. Gilli Vijay’s naive bravery earns him the animosity of Prakashraj, a local dada, who chases him and Trisha from Madurai and tries to get him killed. This and the following course of incidents form the crux of the movie. While the movie details the chase of Prakash Raj / Vijay, it also branches out to explain the kabadi aspirations of Vijay and what the aspiration leads to.

The movie starts with a top gear and doesn’t stop until the end of first half. With the movie oscillating between Chennai and Madurai, it finally comes back to Chennai in the second half and settles. After Vijay reaching Madurai for a Kabadi match after the first hour of the movie, the movie gears up. From then on to the intermission, the story itself is told with the help of action. It is one of the very few movies where action itself carries the story forward. Especially the car chase is one of the best action packed chases seen in Tamil cinema. With Vijay pushed to a situation to take Trisha as hostage and help himself out of the clutches of Prakash Raj displays Dharani’s effort make the viewers say WOW. If you want a complete helluva Gilli trip, don’t miss this sequence.

The second half slows down to unfold the story, romance and other commercial elements. But at the same time, Dharani has worked hard to keep the movie going with the songs and the chase, chasing one another. In this nail biting thriller, the comedy and songs form a vent to the tension. The climax with Vinayak Chathurthi processions and the Kabadi match proves the planning and the hard work of the entire crew.

Vijay with his reduced make-up and his Chennai slang personifies the yester year Rajinikanth. His facial expressions and his comical sense make us re-collect the superstar himself. If that is position which Vijay aims to reach in the near future, this is his giant step towards that. Vijay shoulders most of the movie on himself like his previous flicks and carries the movie with a charming style. He also handles the comedy dept for himself while giving a slice of it to Dhamu (Nari). Vijay has also done appreciably well in action sequences which is the heart of the movie. His dialogue delivery skills have improved over the time and here in Gilli, he presents the contemporary Chennai youth.

Trisha looks classy but her role gets reduced to a Barbie doll. Trisha’s costumes in Appidi Podu song look dazzling. Three Cheers to Nalini Sriram, her costume designer. Also Jennifer who enacts the sister of Vijay has done extremely well and one would think they could have given the same importance of the sister role to Trisha also.

The best part that happened to Gilli is Prakash Raj. His comeback after a long time is glaringly well executed. His role as Muthu Pandi suits him well. Prakash Raj and Kamalhassan may not have anything in common but this kingpin-cum-dada Muthupandi role reminds me some shades of Virumandi. Prakash Raj dazzles when he looks at Trisha with an idiosyncratic look and says Chellamey !! I…Love you da!

Vidhyasagar‘s uses the same Dhool formula here too. All songs call for huge crowds and every song has a celebrative mood. However, the night skied Chennai sets and Kokkarakko songs stays tight. It has a very strange feel and is sung well. Appidi Podu song has been picturised and tuned well. It is a special song to get the audience ready for the climax. However the song Yaaro Yarivano during sumo chase reminds us of Kakkha Kakkha but it does the job.

Maniraj’s sets of the Triplicane area is amazing. Only if you get a producer like A M Ratnam, you can think of such a huge spending for a set. But Dharani has used the set well and it finds a place in most songs and important sequences. Combined with the sets, Gopinath’s camera and avid editing races the movie throughout. The action sequences speak of the advanced technical wizardry that Tamil cinema is going through. Rocky Rajesh – the stunt director, Gopinath – the cinematographer and VT Vijayan – the editor gets a mention for the fabulous action sequences. Aalavandan boasted of Hollywood-like action sequence but Gilli, silently grabs away the title.

This movie would be a hit for the kind of team effort Dharani has roped in. Also his brilliant screenplay has made the movie one very fast without too much flaws. Dharani also doesn’t bother too much to give a finger to the logic. Combined with his intelligent story telling skills Dharani also gets a mention for the changes that he has made to the Tamil version of Okkadu which makes the movie adapt to the Tamil tastes.

Gilli is a movie to be watched in a theatre to enjoy the movie thoroughly. This movie will be a sure shot hit, not just for its entertainment and production values but for the incredible understanding of delivering what people want. And that’s exactly what we want.

77 thoughts on “Gilli Movie Review – Dharani On Top

  1. Yes, no doubt that Gilli is good. But have you watched Okkadu ??
    Watch “Okkadu” and conclude it for yourself as to which one is better. Mahesh as the protagonist in the telugu version and Guna Sekhar as the director of Okkadu delivered an effort that is simply unparallelled in Gilli. If you liked songs in Gilli, you will simply love them in Okkadu. There is absolutely no comparison between them.

  2. Yes, no doubt that Gilli is good. But have you watched Okkadu ??
    Watch “Okkadu” and conclude it for yourself as to which one is better. Mahesh as the protagonist in the telugu version and Guna Sekhar as the director of Okkadu delivered an effort that is simply unparallelled in Gilli. If you liked songs in Gilli, you will simply love them in Okkadu. There is absolutely no comparison between them.

  3. Hi Lazy geek,

    Gilli kind of films should not be reviewed in quality blog like urs.

    sorry we did not expect from u.

  4. Hi Lazy geek,

    Gilli kind of films should not be reviewed in quality blog like urs.

    sorry we did not expect from u.

  5. Hmm.. onnakum oru bracket pottutaanga paa Lazy. Indha bracket lendhu nee thappa mudiyadhu pola.
    I am waiting to see Gilli too. Inga eppadiyum release aagadhu. Cassete theruma nu paakanum. And continue the good work and watch movies without any expectation before-hand (just the way you have been doing it) 🙂
    Have fun…

  6. Hmm.. onnakum oru bracket pottutaanga paa Lazy. Indha bracket lendhu nee thappa mudiyadhu pola.
    I am waiting to see Gilli too. Inga eppadiyum release aagadhu. Cassete theruma nu paakanum. And continue the good work and watch movies without any expectation before-hand (just the way you have been doing it) 🙂
    Have fun…

  7. Dude, just a suggestion. I think that ur links could be “un-bolded”.. i.e in normal font. that would probably improve the looks.

  8. Dude, just a suggestion. I think that ur links could be “un-bolded”.. i.e in normal font. that would probably improve the looks.

  9. I feel Vidyasagar didn’t deliver well as he did in Dhill & Dhool for Dharani.
    Now I guess the mantle of “solid commercial director” has passed on to Dharani from K.S.Ravikumar.

  10. I feel Vidyasagar didn’t deliver well as he did in Dhill & Dhool for Dharani.
    Now I guess the mantle of “solid commercial director” has passed on to Dharani from K.S.Ravikumar.

  11. Guru, good review! Ur effort to concentrate on even the bits and pieces of the movie speaks of your talent in reviewing. Keep up the good work! And try to do it for more movies!

  12. hey manoj and balaji, thanks for your kind note. appreciate your concern over the reviews.

    as said before i’m trying to be very objective over my reviews. keeping myself open to honest and good tries in tamil cinema.

    it’s debatable if gilli is a quality movie or not. but what i like with dharani is that, he is very strong on what he does. he says his movies are commercial and he does it with class. thats something many a directors would think before they do it. even KS Ravikumar took hold of this very late.

    also to mention is that there is nothing cheap in his movies. but yes, good works are the ones should be appreciated first.

  13. Haha,aNTi,we are not putting any brackets on Lazygeek…jus didn’t expect such an enthusiatic review on Gilli so quickly,but Lazy’s objectiveness on watching movies is welcome.Lazy,jus continue it dude…as u said always quality films needs first appreciation,Gilli gets appreciation for its mass-entertaining capabilities,understood.and thanks for considering my comments and replying for it.This Mani fan is eager to get May 22(or 23),eager to see the (first) review on a Mani film by Lazy.

  14. Incredible review…wants me to see the movie soon. thanks for detailed review. your anbe sivam review is also nice.

  15. Hello Lazy,

    waiting for ur review for “Kill Bill Vol2”.
    Is it “Kuthu” and “adithadi” review after “gilli” in ur blog, hey just kidding……….ke ke

  16. Somebody please stop offering roles to Dhamu.. Does anybody even like his stale attempts at comedy??..I for one find him annoying and crude..As for Gilli,I fail to fathom why you got so excited in the first place. Its a scene by scene copy of Okkadu and it looks like the director did not break into any sweat while canning the scenes.Almost every scene reeks of a Telugu film hangover,and it clearly shows the director’s indolence in not redoing the scenes to suit Tamil sensibilities. Sorry to say this Lazy,but Your review and analysis seem blatantly over-the-top and hyberbolic. So much for being objective dude!!!

  17. hmm…may be true. i haven’t watched Okkadu nor i feel re-doing a movie is an easy thing. rather doing a movie, even a sickest movie is a tough thing.

    what do you say?

  18. hmm…may be true. i haven’t watched Okkadu nor i feel re-doing a movie is an easy thing. rather doing a movie, even a sickest movie is a tough thing.

    what do you say?

  19. Woohoo! Guru’s review [Gilli] at rediff again! 🙂
    Guru, you wud do better if u replace Shoba Warrier for Tamil cinema column, she used to provide lot of misinfo.

  20. “Gilli is certainly not a yet-another-telugu-remake of Okkadu”. How could you declare this without even watching the original movie is completely beyond me! Dude, thats where your objectiveness takes a severe hit. YOu should have known better than to say things like,” Dharani also gets a mention for the changes that he has made to the Tamil version of Okkadu which makes the movie adapt to the Tamil tastes” without even watching Okkadu..Your review is flawed and defeats the purpose of journalistic integrity..

  21. Well, eventhough i haven’t watched the movie yet, what striked me when i saw PrakashRaj in ‘Gilli’ Trailer was a man who is at present under going an emotional turmoil ( His child passed away recently – Courtesy :Anantha Vikadan ).Too big a loss to digest. Anyway lets hope such a good actor to recover soon and scale gr8 heights.

  22. Fabulous stuff Guru. I see some critcs writing on your writing. Signs that you are making them jealous. Way to go!!

  23. Fabulous stuff Guru. I see some critcs writing on your writing. Signs that you are making them jealous. Way to go!!

  24. Hello Lazy,

    Dont u feel “Autograph” deserves an review than “Gilli”?

    I am not against u writing a review for “Gilli” but i feel there are some really good films around than a remake film for reviewing.

  25. Enna lazy, Gillie padatha oscar padam rangeukku pugazhnthirukkeenga? Unga perukku etha maathiri romba vettiya irukkenga pola!

  26. Enna lazy, Gillie padatha oscar padam rangeukku pugazhnthirukkeenga? Unga perukku etha maathiri romba vettiya irukkenga pola!

  27. ellam timepass thaan. gilli is pure timepass. blow your brains and enjoy. if you give too much importance to logic, you will fall short.

    also we don’t get to see many movies like this. when i say that, i mean movies that are so fast which doesn’t allow a viewer for a quick fag.

  28. It once again proves that when it comes to churning out commercial blockbuster, the telugu industry is far ahead than others. Tollywood gives 7-8 superhits a years…

  29. Sirish, Totally agree, Tollywood as you call it(btw.. I thought thats what they were calling the Bong movie industry, from Tollygunge, which is a Calcutta locality) is far ahead in churning out blockbusters. But what about quality? What happens if suddenly the audience realises that its eating crap and decide they want quality more than masala? I don’t see the Telugu industry being capable of that trend. I don’t see any offbeat movies from them, the experiments like Kaakha Kaakha and Pithamagan and Autograph. But these movies are being remade in AP and also contribue to the whole blockbuster trend that you say is a “virtue”!

  30. The way I see it, the whole Indian movie industry is trying to move out of the cliches that were so aptly potrayed in Nagesh Kukunoor’s “Bollywood Calling” – the colorful costumes, the “bastard, I kill you!” looks etc. But from the few movies that I have seen recently (Indra, Tagore etc.) I feel that the movie industry in Hyd. seems to be lagging behind in this move!
    And for every “Okkadu” that gets remade in tamil, I can give you five other tamil movies that are being remade/dubbed in AP as I speak.

  31. And as if to reinforce my point, this article in the hindu’s metro plus section talks about Tamil movies remade in Telugu.

  32. First of all, let the elitist here who think Gilli shouldn’t be reviewed here.. realise that commercial movies aren’t something to be looked down upon. In fact they have been the main sources of revenue for funding the modern cinema infrastructure. So.. don’t discourage LazyGeek for writing what he naturally likes.

    Some of you say Okkadu’s music tops Gilli, which shocks me. I feel..Okkadu’s music is overrated. Vidhyasagar has done a better job with the fast numbers that jells well with the racy screenplay. By contrast, Mani Sharma’s compositions are not that peppy. (May be this is due to cultural difference between tamils and teluguites. If the same music was on for Gilli, half the theatre will be sleeping ;-))

    You can hear Okkadu here:
    http://www.raaga.com/channels/telugu/movie/A0000262.html

    Gilli here:
    http://www.raaga.com/channels/tamil/movie/T0000610.html

    My personal fav in gilli is “Arjunar Villu..” by Sukwindher Singh (yeah! the BGM when Vijay drives the Jeep)

    I can’t say anything about ‘Okkadu’ though..(I haven’t seen it yet)

  33. First of all, let the elitist here who think Gilli shouldn’t be reviewed here.. realise that commercial movies aren’t something to be looked down upon. In fact they have been the main sources of revenue for funding the modern cinema infrastructure. So.. don’t discourage LazyGeek for writing what he naturally likes.

    Some of you say Okkadu’s music tops Gilli, which shocks me. I feel..Okkadu’s music is overrated. Vidhyasagar has done a better job with the fast numbers that jells well with the racy screenplay. By contrast, Mani Sharma’s compositions are not that peppy. (May be this is due to cultural difference between tamils and teluguites. If the same music was on for Gilli, half the theatre will be sleeping ;-))

    You can hear Okkadu here:
    http://www.raaga.com/channels/telugu/movie/A0000262.html

    Gilli here:
    http://www.raaga.com/channels/tamil/movie/T0000610.html

    My personal fav in gilli is “Arjunar Villu..” by Sukwindher Singh (yeah! the BGM when Vijay drives the Jeep)

    I can’t say anything about ‘Okkadu’ though..(I haven’t seen it yet)

  34. hey! dont even compare okkadu with gilli! i think okkadu far much better than gilli….u people just blah blah without even seein the telugu version. okkadu is the best movie i have ever seen..and mahesh babu is the best actor….dont even compare him with vijay…vijay tried to act like mahesh babu in mane scenes…i say that vijay is justa copycat and does nt have his own….foget abt other’s style, he does nt evn have style…and he is very bad lookin.
    and as for the songs okkadu songs r the much more than the gilli songs….gilli songs r very stupid.
    the screenplay in akkadu was very goog..whereas in gilli…u know. and the setting in gilli r the worst…they nothing compared to okkadu settings.
    it took 2.5 crores for the okkadu set, whereas the gilli set is around 50 lakhs or somethin.
    ALL I WOULD SAY AT THE END IS THAT GILLI IS A VERY BAD MOVIE AND OKKADU IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!!!!!

  35. you all crazy yoo, Gillie is a hyped up movie that none of our telegu films can compare to. Your right, Gillie’s nothing compared to Okkadu, Its much better!!!! Too good for your movies man!

  36. You all crazy yoo, Gillie is a hyped up movie that none of your* telegu films can compare to. Your right, Gillie’s nothing compared to Okkadu, Its much better!!!! Too good for your movies man!

  37. You all crazy yoo, Gillie is a hyped up movie that none of your* telegu films can compare to. Your right, Gillie’s nothing compared to Okkadu, Its much better!!!! Too good for your movies man!

  38. My goodness! Some people have really got to chill!
    I watched both “Okkadu” and “Gilli” and they were both good! There can be two good movies you know, it doesn’t mean that if one movie is good, the other one is bad. Mahesh Babu, Bhoomika, the songs were good and the Telugu audience appreciated it, so it went on to become a blockbuster. Same with “Gilli”, Vijay, Trisha, Prakash Raj, songs were fabulous, so that’s why it’s currently #1 and it has already grossed more than last year’s blockbuster, “Saamy.” Check out http://www.behindwoods.com and click (more news). And please STOP comparing both movies, this is about the comment about “Gilli.” Discussing “Okkadu” or putting down “Gilli” won’t change the success of both films!

  39. hey who ever compared mahesh babu with vijay let me tell u that mahesh babu has given only one hit and vijay has given several hits so dont compare and gilli was much fast moving than okkadu

  40. “Gilli” audio went Platinum! Even with the pirated CDs circulating around in Tamil Nadu! Check out sify.com. Vidhyasagar, and the whole team of “Gilli” were there to celebrate it!

  41. “Gilli” audio went Platinum! Even with the pirated CDs circulating around in Tamil Nadu! Check out sify.com. Vidhyasagar, and the whole team of “Gilli” were there to celebrate it!

  42. vijay(puratchi thalapathy),reached his goal,he is at the top as same like MGR,Rajini because their films satisfies both the families and fans,like that vijays movie will be the next!

  43. vijay(puratchi thalapathy),reached his goal,he is at the top as same like MGR,Rajini because their films satisfies both the families and fans,like that vijays movie will be the next!

  44. hai vijay
    how is ur married life and ur little star sanjay
    and ur father and mother and ur relation.all ur films are very good and super.i love ur dance movements, action,cute smiling face ,
    take care my dear vijay

    wish u all success in ur life

    i love u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    buy

  45. hai vijay
    how is ur married life and ur little star sanjay
    and ur father and mother and ur relation.all ur films are very good and super.i love ur dance movements, action,cute smiling face ,
    take care my dear vijay

    wish u all success in ur lifeGuru, good review! Ur effort to concentrate on even the bits and pieces of the movie speaks of your talent in reviewing. Keep up the good work! And try to do it for more movies

    i love u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    byee thalai

  46. hai vijay
    how is ur married life and ur little star sanjay
    and ur father and mother and ur relation.all ur films are very good and super.i love ur dance movements, action,cute smiling face ,
    take care my dear vijay

    wish u all success in ur lifeGuru, good review! Ur effort to concentrate on even the bits and pieces of the movie speaks of your talent in reviewing. Keep up the good work! And try to do it for more movies

    i love u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    byee thalai

  47. hai vijay
    how is ur married life and ur little star sanjay
    and ur father and mother and ur relation.all ur films are very good and super.i love ur dance movements, action,cute smiling face ,
    take care my dear vijay

    wish u all success in ur lifeGuru, good review! Ur effort to concentrate on even the bits and pieces of the movie speaks of your talent in reviewing. Keep up the good work! And try to do it for more movies

    i love u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    byee thalai

  48. hai vijay
    how is ur married life and ur little star sanjay
    and ur father and mother and ur relation.all ur films are very good and super.i love ur dance movements, action,cute smiling face ,
    take care my dear vijay

    wish u all success in ur lifeGuru, good review! Ur effort to concentrate on even the bits and pieces of the movie speaks of your talent in reviewing. Keep up the good work! And try to do it for more movies

    i love u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    byee thalai

  49. hai vijay
    how is ur married life and ur little star sanjay
    and ur father and mother and ur relation.all ur films are very good and super.i love ur dance movements, action,cute smiling face ,
    take care my dear vijay

    wish u all success in ur lifeGuru, good review! Ur effort to concentrate on even the bits and pieces of the movie speaks of your talent in reviewing. Keep up the good work! And try to do it for more movies

    i love u so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

    byee thalai

  50. hai vijay.,

    i love u very much.iam a fan 4 u since “senthura pandi”.i love u & ur movies,i see ur movies atleast 3 times.good acting. keep it on.and its bye & kisses from me.
    thank u
    regards
    siva
    04283-9443748133

  51. GHILLI= CRAP AMD ON;Y CRAP
    OKKADU= PURE ENTAINMENT AND DAMN GOOD
    SO……THE CONCLUSIOON WE DRAW IS…..GHILLLI DOES NT DESERVE TO BE COMPARED TO OKKADU
    TAMIL POEPOLE HAVE TO ACCEPT THE FACT THAT GHILLLI COUUD NT LIVE UP TO OKKADU.
    IT IS NT WORTH A S**** COMPARED TO OKKADU.
    AND WAT THE HELLL WERE U PPL TALKIN AND RAVIN ABT THAT TELUGU FILMS DONT HAVE QUALITY…..DID U PPLE KNOE THAT TELUGU PPL PUT A LOT OF MONEY AND EFFORT IN THE MOVIES SOO MUCH UNLIKE TAMIL INDUSTRY….THEY R MISERS.
    OKKADU GOT MANY NATIONAN AWARDS…..TO BE MORE SPECIFIC 5 OF THEM…AMONG WHICH IS THE BEST MOVIE AWARD…WHEREAS GHILLLI…LET ME THINK…LET ME THINK…I AM THINKIN HARD AND I CANT RECALL ANY.
    AND I ALSO HEARD SOME OF U PPL SAY THAT TOLLUWOOD RELIES ON KOLLYWOOD FOR REMAKES…BUT ALL THAT IS CRAP…..GIVE ME ONE TELUGU REMAKE OF A TAMIL MOVIE WHICH WAS A HIT IN PAST 10 YRS. TAGORE IS NOT GOIN TO BE CONSIDERED AS THE WHOLE STORY HAS BEEB CHANGED A LIL BEFORE AND COMPLETELY AFTER THE INTERVAL

  52. HAI,
    HOW R U HOPE U R FINE I HAVE SEEN U RMOVIE GILLI ALTHOUGH IM A TELUGU GIRL I BECAME U R FAN I REALLY LIKE U R APTDI PODU SONG VERY VERY MUCH THANKX FOR GIVING SUCH SONG I WISH U MUST GIVE SAME SONGS IN THE FUTURE EVERY SONG SHOULD BE LIKE APTDI PODU

  53. HAI,
    HOW R U HOPE U R FINE I HAVE SEEN U RMOVIE GILLI ALTHOUGH IM A TELUGU GIRL I BECAME U R FAN I REALLY LIKE U R APTDI PODU SONG VERY VERY MUCH THANKX FOR GIVING SUCH SONG I WISH U MUST GIVE SAME SONGS IN THE FUTURE EVERY SONG SHOULD BE LIKE APTDI PODU

  54. HAI,
    HOW R U HOPE U R FINE I HAVE SEEN U RMOVIE GILLI ALTHOUGH IM A TELUGU GIRL I BECAME U R FAN I REALLY LIKE U R APTDI PODU SONG VERY VERY MUCH THANKX FOR GIVING SUCH SONG I WISH U MUST GIVE SAME SONGS IN THE FUTURE EVERY SONG SHOULD BE LIKE APTDI PODU

  55. east aor west mahesh is the bestt merandharu na dashhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh mahesh hs mahesh and vijay is not mahesh and vijay is also good actor. why u are wasting yuor time u dashhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  56. this movie is something fantastic it is abrave attempt by dharani it has given not only importance to the script but it has also shown how parents should help their children when it comes to situations like these pariculry the character of bhuvana(sister of the hero)is quiet outstanding .
    praksh raj was the perfect match for this character i just cant find any other one for this realistic villanious role
    thanks dharani for ur brave attempt and getting putting tamil film industry on top
    thanks a lottttttttttttttttttttt!

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