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Ghilli (2004)

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Velu, an aspiring kabaddi player, goes to Madurai to participate in a regional match, where he rescues Dhanalakshmi from Muthupandi, a powerful man keen on marrying the girl against her wish.




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

2004 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


INR 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$563,425 (India), 11 June 2011, Limited Release

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

INR 1,000,000,000
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Sri Surya Films See more »
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An amazingly fast paced and exciting movie
4 November 2006 | by balajiviswanathanSee all my reviews

The word Ghilli actually means a small sharp wooden game instrument that is used in a game called ghilli-danda (a precursor to Cricket) in India. The use of the word as nickname for the principal character is stylish, as it signifies one who is sharp, fast and can hurt badly when rubbed in the wrong way.

Ghilli is one of the best movies for Vijay and in it is unrivaled in its pace and action. The movie never slacks for a moment, and keep you always with some exciting action. The movie is set in Madurai and Chennai and its story core is simple. A rich landlord tries to covet a beautiful girl in his town, and his unquestionable power and authority, prevents the girl from seeking a justice. The hero tries to rescue her and the majority of this movie portrays the week in which all this action happens.

A very exciting movie and though the story is nothing new, the director and the actors receive praise for the full-paced action.

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