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Gulaebaghavali (aka) Gulebakavali review
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Production: KJR Studios
Cast: Hansika Motwani, Munish Kanth, Prabhu Deva, Revathi
Direction: Kalyaan S
Screenplay: Kalyaan S
Story: Kalyaan S
Music: Mervin Solomon, Vivek Siva
Background score: Mervin Solomon, Vivek Siva
Cinematography: R.S. Ananda Kumar
Dialogues: Kalyaan S
Editing: Vijay Velkutty
Stunt choreography: Peter Hein
Singers: Anirudh Ravichander, Inno Genga, Mervin Solomon, Nakash Aziz, Sameera Bharadwaj, Sanjana Diwakar
Lyrics: Inno Genga, Ko Sesha, Ku Karthi, Pa Vijay
PRO: Nikkil Murugan

After experimenting a tad with Devi, Prabhu Deva is back with an out and out comedy driven heist movie Gulaebaghavali for this Pongal festival.


It is a comedy heist film with no logic and no story either. Gulaebaghavali takes time to settle. In the movie, it is the comedy element, which takes prominence. The likes of Mansoor Ali Khan, Anandraj, Rajendran, Ramdoss, Yogi Babu, Sathyan and Prabhu Deva himself, keep churning out the laughs and especially the fun sequences that come just before the interval are the major spikes in the proceedings. Some humour scenes seem repetitive while some seem extended.


Prabhu Deva is earnest, has the screen presence, puts in a lot into his expressions and breezes through the comedy scenes as usual. We don’t have to mention how good he is with his dance movements. Watch out for the two-minute non-stop dance sequence by the King of dance in the ‘Guleba’ song.

We have a few interesting heist scenes here and there, however, we don't get completely immersed in the script as intended. Whoever you see turns out to be a con man, which makes it predictable that the next person you are going to meet will be making his con act soon. The screenplay in the second half meanders a little. Though you don't feel bored, a more serious handling of the central theme could have helped the film better.


The placement of the songs leaves a lot to be desired. Though visually rich and pleasing thanks to DoP RS Anandakumar and featuring good dance moves, the songs give the audience more than the required breather.


Among the other actors, Revathi's graceful screen presence and Hansika's glossy appearance in the songs make a mark. The cast is big, but none of the characters have any depth, which makes the overall product superficial. Some of the roles lack clarity and we have no idea why they behave the way they do. Mansoor Ali Khan continues to be typecast whereas Yogi Babu and Sathyan fill in the air with joyful moments with their limited screen time.


Vivek-Mervin has done their part with the songs. Guleba featuring Anirudh’s voice is already quite popular, and the background score is surely a backbone. The required impetus is given to the crucial moments by the musical team.


We start feeling the run time of the film when it doesn't race to a convincing end. Director Kalyaan has eyed a proper commercial vehicle for Prabhu Deva banking on the actor's inherent comedic abilities while also giving him a build-up as an action hero, the side of Prabhu Deva that we have not seen in a long time. Lack of grip in the script, lag in the screenplay and few filmy dialogues, are major downers but if you could ignore these negatives and are only looking for some fun moments, Gulaebaghavali is worth your money.


Verdict: Gulaebaghavali is watchable for its comedy that will appeal to the masses.


2.5 2.5
( 2.5 / 5.0 )





Review by : Behindwoods Review Board
Album Release Date : Dec 23,2017

Anirudh Ravichander, Mervin Solomon
Lyrics: Ku. Karthik

An out and out beat based dance number in the form of Guleba. Sung by Anirudh and Mervin, this is a peppy fast-paced number. Instruments like Trumpets, horns, and trombones are used making it a happening positive sounding number. Foot tapping music complimented by some energetic vocals throughout. The song has a Cuban-Spanish touch to it.


You're the One
Inno Genga
Lyrics: Inno Genga & Ko. Shesha


A western style song, sung by Inno Genga. You’re the One is that song of the album which has husky vocals and is dominated by instruments like pianos and guitars. The singer sounds sweet and the song has some nice beats adding to the western style. There is a nice use of synth and the song is a stylish western based number that has some beautiful beats and tunes. The lyrics section have both Tamil and English and this is something nice too.


Seramal Ponal
Mervin Solomon, Sameera Bharadwaj
Lyrics: Ko. Shesha


Seramal Ponal is another melodious song delivered by the talented Mervin Solomon and has Sameera’s vocals too. The emotion delivered is pleasant and the song is a different version of You’re the One. Seramal Ponal has similar use of beats and the tune follows the former’s stylish tune. Impressive synth programming and pianos along with guitars make it a very soothing listen. There is a violin portion used as well.


Nakash Aziz, Sanjana Diwakar
Lyrics: Pa. Vijay


A folk number to finish with by Vivek and Mervin. Sung by Nakash and Sanjana, the song Heartukulla is a fair attempt at making folk music by the melody specialists. There is the use of usual folk beats and a Nadhaswaram instrument flows in. It is going to be interesting to see Prabhu Deva’s sizzling dance movies for this Heartukulla folk number.

Verdict: Gulebagavali has western based beats and melodious tracks with a tinge of folk music that would aid some fiery dance moves!
( 2.75 / 5.0 )


Gulaebaghavali (aka) Gulebakavali

Gulaebaghavali (aka) Gulebakavali is a Tamil movie. Hansika Motwani, Munish Kanth, Prabhu Deva, Revathi are part of the cast of Gulaebaghavali (aka) Gulebakavali. The movie is directed by Kalyaan S. Music is by Mervin Solomon, Vivek Siva. Production by KJR Studios, cinematography by R.S. Ananda Kumar, editing by Vijay Velkutty.