Gopura Vasalile

Gopura Vasalile

Official DVD Cover
Directed by Priyadarshan[1]
Produced by Mu. Ka. Thamizharasu
Written by Gokula Krishna (dialogues)
Screenplay by Priyadarshan
Story by Sreenivasan
Starring Karthik
Junior Balaiya
Music by Ilaiyaraaja
Cinematography P. C. Sreeram
Edited by K. S. Gopalakrishnan
Arul Nithi Films
Distributed by Arul Nithi Films
Release dates
22 March 1991
Country India
Language Tamil

Gopura Vasalile (In Tamil கோபுர வாசலிலே) is a 1991 Indian Tamil black comedy film directed by Priyadarshan in his directional debut in Tamil cinema and was produced by Mu. Ka. Thamizharasu. The film features Karthik and Bhanupriya in the lead with Suchitra, Nassar, Janagaraj, Charle and Junior Balaiya forms an ensemble cast while V. K. Ramasamy, Sukumari and Poornam Vishwanathan appearing in supporting roles.

Malayalam actor Mohanlal made a special appearance in a song. Music by Ilaiyaraja while the cinematography by P. C. Sreeram.

The story of the film borrows some subplots from the Malayalam film Pavam Pavam Rajakumaran.[1] The film is one of the earliest examples of black humour in Tamil cinema. The film was well received at the box office and ran more than 100 days at many centres in Tamil Nadu.


Manohar (Karthik Muthuraman) is a schoolteacher in a local town. He is a bachelor living along with his friends (Nassar, Junior Balaiah and Charlie). Manohar has had a troubled love-life, having lost his lover, Kasthuri (Suchitra) in a car accident. His friends are wastrels who roam about the town, flirting with the local girls. During one such dalliance with an army officer's (V. K. Ramasamy) daughter Kalyani (Bhanupriya), they are put behind bars for a few days. Manohar also gets peeved with their behaviour and reprimands them for their uncouth behaviour.

Humiliated, the friends decide to wreak their revenge on Manohar. They collude with Janagaraj, a clerk in a local bank, and attempt to trick Manohar into believing that Kalyani is in love with him. A few anonymous letters later, the plan comes out successful.

In the meantime, during the course of a few accidental events, Manohar comes across to Kalyani as a brave and resourceful hero. Impressed, she seeks his hand in marriage through the help of her father. This sudden development takes his scheming friends aback. They cook up evidences to convince Manohar that Kalyani is a whore. The gullible hero believes the subterfuge and cancels the plans of marriage.

Despondent after the twin love failures in his life, Manohar attempts suicide in a hotel. Thinking he is dead, the friends flee the town to avoid police confrontations. It is finally revealed to the viewers that Manohar was rescued by the police later and had reunited with Kalyani, after the foul play was decoded. Manohar pardons the friends as they had played some role in developing a love with his wife and invites them to a banquet at his new house atop a hill.



Gopura Vasalile
Film score by Ilaiyaraja
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 26:32
Label Echo

The original score and six original songs for the movie were composed by maestro Ilayaraja. The lyrics by Vaali and Piraisoodan.


  1. 1 2 Gopura Vasalile, IMDb, retrieved 2008-11-17

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