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Gilli is a 2009 Indian Kannada-language romantic drama film directed by Raghav Loki. The film, a remake of the 2004 Tamil film 7G Rainbow Colony, directed by Selvaraghavan, marks the acting debut of actor Jaggesh's sons Gururaj and Yethiraj and actress Rakul Preet Singh, who enact the lead roles, originally played by Ravi Krishna, Suman Setty and Sonia Agarwal, whilst Sudha Belavadi, Srinivas and Veena Venkatesh play supporting roles. The film, with music scored by noted Tamil composer Yuvan Shankar Raja and cinematography handled by Mungaru Male fame Krishna, was launched in February 2009 and released on 16 October 2009, coinciding with Diwali.
|Directed by||Raghav Loki|
|Produced by||Anaji Nagaraj|
Rakul Preet Singh
|Music by||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Distributed by||JNVK Films|
The movie begins with Guru alias Gilli (Gururaj) on his way to work. People stare at him and laugh behind his back as he travels to his office. He appears distracted throughout the day and even instructs his assistant to postpone an important meeting with a big client. He then waits for someone at Marina Beach with a bouquet of flowers. His best friend, Shetty sees him and asks him whom he is waiting for. Gilli explains he is waiting to meet his girlfriend, Anitha (Rakul Preet Singh) for their date. In flashbacks, the audience is shown how Gilli first met Anitha.
Gilli belongs to a lower middle class family, living with his parents and younger sister. He is perceived as a good-for-nothing person as he skips classes, fails in exams, and gets involved in fights. Gilli believes that his father hates him and often quarrels with him, even threatening to leave the house, only to be persuaded not to do so by his mother. Gilli's life changes when a once well-to-do family moves into the same colony due to loss in business. Gilli is attracted to the daughter of his new neighbour, Anitha. Although he tries to woo her, Anitha treats him with disdain. One day, Gilli confesses to Anitha that he loves her. He tells her that having always been ridiculed, he found respite in the fact that she at least bothered to look at him. He promises to wipe her thoughts out of his mind, as he is not right for her.
Despite himself, Gilli continues pursuing her. Anitha realizes that Gilli is not such a useless fellow when Shetty tells her that she has seen Gilli dismantle and assemble a motorcycle within minutes each time they steal a bike to get drunk. Anitha takes Gilli to a Yamaha dealer and asks them to give him a job. He is promised a job if he can assemble a bike. Initially, the lethargic Gilli is disinterested and gives up the task. Anitha takes him to the washroom and slaps him before revealing that she has fallen in love with him. She then tells him that they can only be together if he gets a proper job and gets his life straightened out. Gilli then demonstrates his skill in motorcycle assembly, securing a good job with the dealer.
Later that evening, Gilli plans a treat for his friends. However, Anitha confronts him and makes him break the good news to his parents first to get their blessings. However, Gilli's father berates him as usual for getting a job instead of completing college. Then later at night, Gilli overhears his father telling his mother how proud he is of their son since getting a job at such a prestigious company, which is not easy. The only reason the father did not openly praise Gilli is because he feared his son might misjudge him for giving him respect, only now that he is earning money for their household. Only then does Gilli realize his father's love for him and weeps in joy. The intimacy between Gilli and Anitha is discovered by her mother and she refuses to allow them to continue dating even as Gilli's father tries to persuade her otherwise. Anitha's family is heavily indebted to another Northern Indian family that has been supporting them since Anitha's father suffered losses in his business. Anitha's parents want Anitha to marry the son of the family that has helped them.
Using her friend's marriage as a ruse and with unwitting help of her friend's aunt, Anitha escapes her home and travels with Gilli to a tourist place and they end up in a hotel room. Anitha reveals that she has made the biggest decision of her life by deciding to make love to him, as he should not regret falling in love with her when she marries the man her parents chose. Gilli becomes angry and states that he had always wanted to marry her and have sex with her after marriage, as he loved her in that regard. They have an argument, but eventually compromise and stay up talking to each other joyfully throughout the night, and decide on getting married the next day. The next day, as Gilli and Anitha are walking to the temple, Anitha gets second thoughts about the marriage, angering Gilli, who tells her that they should part ways. Anitha leaves to cross the street while Gilli stays. While crossing the road, Anitha is knocked down by a truck as a helpless Gilli watches. Gilli runs after her and is also hit by a speeding vehicle. Anitha dies gruesomely on the spot and Gilli is injured. Gilli is heavily shocked to find the mere remains of Anitha in Hospital mortuary. The police try to investigate Gilli, especially since Anitha's family wants to put a murder case on him, but Gilli tells the Police that Anitha had never accepted his love, and her death was really an accident. This way, Gilli saves Anitha's dignity and her mother blesses him as she leaves. After sadly returning, Gilli tries to commit suicide only to be helped by a group of nuns. Gilli then hallucinates about Anitha's spirit coming to him and advising him to live life to the fullest. Back in present day, it is revealed that Gilli has become a very successful person in his life, but has remained mentally damaged since Anitha's death. He still believes that she is alive and always imagines talking to her. The film ends with Gilli talking to himself at the beach, thinking that he is talking to Anitha.
|Soundtrack album by|
|Released||8 June 2009|
|Genre||Feature film soundtrack|
|Producer||Yuvan Shankar Raja|
|Yuvan Shankar Raja chronology|
The music is scored by noted Tamil film composer and son of Ilaiyaraaja, Yuvan Shankar Raja, who had composed the music for the original version as well, for which he was awarded the Tamil Filmfare Award for Best Music 2004. The soundtrack was released on 8 June 2009 and features 7 tracks, which are retained from the original version. However, the song "January Madham" was not featured in the soundtrack and the "Theme music" was not the same as in the Tamil soundtrack. The lyrics were written by Ram Narayan and Shyam. Lyrics by Shyam and Ram Narayan
|1.||"Vayasu Bandide"||Shyam||Haricharan, Shalini Singh||5:41|
|2.||"Kannina Bhashe"||Ram Narayan||Karthik||6:30|
|3.||"Kanasu Kaano Kaalagalu"||Ram Narayan||Harish Raghavendra, Madhumitha, Ustad Sultan Khan||6:11|
|4.||"Nenedu Nenedu Nodu" (Female version)||Ram Narayan||Shreya Ghoshal||4:36|
|5.||"Idu Ranarangava"||Ram Narayan||Harish Raghavendra||3:09|
|6.||"Nenedu Nenedu Nodu" (Male version)||Ram Narayan||Rajesh Krishnan||6:00|