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Ghilli (2004)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vijay ...
Saravana Velu
Dhanalakshmi (as Trisha)
Prakash Raj ...
Muthu Pandi
Ashish Vidyarthi ...
Siva Subramanian
Janaki Sabesh ...
Saravana Velu's Mother
Nagendra Prasad ...
Tanikella Bharani ...
Muthupandi's Father
Dhamu ...
Otteri Nari
Baby Jeniffer ...
Brahmanandam ...
Mayilsamy ...
'Nandha' Saravanan ...
Tiger Team Captain
Saai Sundar ...
Raghu - Trisha's brother
Murugadass ...
Karate Raja ...
Muthupandi's Sidekick


Muthu Pandi, a village strongman, decides to marry his niece Dhanalakshmi, and begins his quest by eliminating everyone who opposes their union - starting with both her brothers. In desperation, Dhanalakshmi decides to escape from the village, and in the process is unwittingly assisted by a university Kabaddi player Velu. Written by Joyojeet Pal

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Play the Game of life...
2 June 2007 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

Ghillie a remake of the Telugu "okkadu' is thankfully a clarified version of the original. It packs the same punch and Dharani true to his cinematic brilliance delivers it with style and panache. A flagging Vijay's career with the entry of the likes of Surya and Vikram on the fray, got the much needed uplift with this movie. This might well prove to be the best movie Vijay has ever been on, considering the choices he has been making since then. The hard-working actor seems to have lost his bearing what with talented new entrants being accepted both by the industry and public alike.

The tightly snug script, which runs at, a neck-break speed revolves around Velu, a willful youngster aspiring to make a mark in the game of Kabaddi( a popular game among boys in India). The events following the chance encounter with Muthupandi, his rescue of the girl in distress and how he juggles with the aspirations of his friends and his own forms the fulcrum and end of the movie. Vijay fits as a 'T' into the role and essays a subdued and believable portrayal of the boy next door.

Trisha has more than a stereotyped Tamil heroine mantle to play. The role is far more complex than just a girl in trouble. With limited dialog's, Trisha exploits her occasional muted expressions and subtle vulnerability to add color to the role. This is a classic case of a cover page girl coming-of-age to become a professional actress. Trisha became my personal favorite after this movie.

The movie ends on predictable lines, although one has to credit the Director for keeping the audience guessing on many things including Trisha's change in decision to leave the country. Prakash Raj deserves a word of praise for providing the perfect counter-weight for Vijay's role. His almost indomitable stature in the role of a villain and the apparent chinks in the hero's armor form a perfect ploy for keeping the audience guessing.

Overall this is a great movie that deserves at least a single viewing. I give it a clear 8 out of 10.

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