Gulu Gulu, the upcoming Tamil film led by actor Santhanam, is a black comedy revolving around a travel junkie, says director Rathna Kumar.
“This is a socially-responsible film as well as a commercial entertainer. It falls under the black comedy genre, like Doctor and Kolamavu Kokila, and it also has elements of action and emotions,” he adds.
Speaking to Silverscreen India, Rathna Kumar, who has previously helmed Aadai and Meyaadha Maan and written the dialogues for Master and the upcoming film Vikram, says that Gulu Gulu features multiple characters, each of whom has a conflict and will also reach a solution for it through the course of the film. “The story follows how they get involved with Santhanam’s protagonist. The film revolves around this protagonist, who is a travel junkie and an innocent nomad. It follows his travels, the people he meets along the way and the changes he brings to their lives.”
“While I was working on Master and Vikram, I was also looking to start work on my own films. By a stroke of luck, I got to meet Santhanam sir in 2021 and pitched this storyline to him, and when he came on board, I wrote the script and we filmed it,” says the director.
Aside from Santhanam, Gulu Gulu also features Athulya Chandra, Namitha Krishnamurthy, Pradeep Rawa, Mariyam George, Sai Dheena, ‘Lollu Sabha’ Maaran, and ‘Lollu Sabha’ Seshu.
The first-look poster of the film was released recently by the makers. The film is produced by S Raj Narayanan and S Bharath.
Gulu Gulu is currently in the final stages of post-production. The film went on floors at the end of 2021 and was wrapped up this February. It was shot predominantly in Chennai by cinematographer Vijay Kartik Kannan.
While Philomin Raj has worked on the edit, Santhosh Narayanan has composed the music. “Music is another ‘hero’ of the film,” says Rathna Kumar. “As most of his (the composer’s) recent work was for films dealing with serious, political subjects, he had wanted to work on a more light, quirky genre. There are about five songs in the film,” he adds.
The director stresses that Gulu Gulu will be a “fun-filled adventure film, apt for all age groups.”
The team is planning for a theatrical release in June.